Target: Dannel Malloy, Governor of Connecticut and Denise Markle, Connecticut Judge
Goal: Stop man with history of dog abuse convictions from working with animals, and pass stricter animal shelter laws.
An employee of the SPCA of Connecticut, which has no affiliation with the national organization, has been charged time and again with animal cruelty for overcrowding dogs. Connecticut animal shelter laws are not strict enough and the judicial system has allowed Fred Acker to get away with this alleged abuse. In 2012, after a facility in Bethlehem was zoned for just 29 dogs, he reportedly bought 100 small dogs from California which he adopted out for $400 each. He is alleged to have rented extra space in area towns like Milford where the dogs would sometimes go unattended for 24 hours and often fight, resulting in illness and injury. Animals which were once seized from Acker are now back with him because he sued Bethlehem Animal Control, and he is still working for the SPCA of Connecticut.
Acker has escaped prison time for similar allegations in the past by seeming like a remorseful man, yet he reportedly continues to abuse the animals he claims to love. Suspicions that he uses these animals for profit is increased by the fact that he doesn’t keep financial records for the animals that come through his doors.
Republican leader of the State House of Representatives, Themis Klarides, is calling for stricter animal shelter laws in Connecticut due to the way Acker is allowed to run these facilities. After learning that all the cats at the Monroe location had respiratory infections, she uncovered the litigation against Acker and has decided to write a new law that protects animals in shelters from this kind of abuse. Under the current legislation, shelters are only obligated to supply the minimum amount of care (i.e. food, water, medical care as needed, ect…). Demand that Acker not be allowed to work with animals and animal shelters ever again and that animals shelter laws be made stricter.
Dear Governor Malloy and Judge Markle,
Fred Acker has proven himself apparently incapable of working with animals. Evidence of his most recent alleged abuses have emerged across Connecticut towns like Milford, Monroe, and Bethlehem, and he has been convicted in the past on at least a dozen cases of animal cruelty. Acker continues to work with these animals and for the SPCA of Connecticut as the charges against him have not yet been settled. Many believe Acker has been able to get away with his abuse because the animal shelter laws are too lax in Connecticut.
The case is being reviewed and Judge Markle will make a decision on Tuesday, September 13. We are asking you to please do justice by these poor animals and not allow them to be subjected to Acker any longer. Additionally, Themis Klarides has called for stricter animal shelter laws, and we ask that you stand with her to make Connecticut a safer place for pets in shelters.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: Sue Byford