Target: James Berg, Novato PD’s Chief of Police
Goal: Aid local animal shelter in search for suspected animal hoarders responsible for over 100 homeless cats.
Nearly three dozen cats and kittens were abandoned in the middle of the night at a northern California animal shelter by at least two unidentified persons. The cats were left in cardboard boxes to be discovered by the shelter staff, who were already caring for over 135 homeless animals at the time.
The shelter suspects that the people responsible for surrendering these cats have done this before. About 130 cats have been deserted in a similar fashion at this shelter over the last four years, leading the shelter to believe that this is the work of a local animal hoarder.
Rather than seeking to persecute these suspected hoarders for allowing these animals to breed uncontrollably and then abandoning them, the shelter wants to help them. Unfortunately, the shelter’s investigative unit has had no success in tracking these people down thus far.
This shelter needs the assistance of their community and police department, not for the sake of hunting these people down and punishing them, but to offer them the support and resources they need to resolve this problem at its source. Encourage the Novato Police Department to aid this shelter in identifying and locating these hoarders so that they can get the help they need to prevent more innocent cats from being abandoned by these troubled individuals.
Dear Chief Berg,
I am requesting the Novato Police Department’s help in a suspected animal hoarding case that has left the already crowded Marin Humane Society with another 34 cats in need of homes. This is not the first time that a large quantity of cats has been abandoned on this shelter’s doorstep. According to the shelter, about 130 cats have been abandoned in a similar fashion in just the past four years, indicating a strong possibility of a local animal hoarding case.
I am not reaching out to Novato PD because I wish these suspected hoarders harm. I understand that hoarders are often afflicted with psychological trauma or mental illness which makes their bizarre behavior normal to them. When it comes to animal hoarders, many of them genuinely care for their animals, and I believe that to be the case for these individuals. By taking the initiative to surrender their animals rather than allowing them to live in filth and confinement at home, they show a desire to serve their animals’ best interests despite their possible illness.
I am simply asking that the Novato Police Department offer assistance in identifying and locating these supposed hoarders by studying surveillance footage and enlisting the help of the community. It is my hope that, with enough open eyes and ears, these people can be identified so that the shelter can offer whatever help and resources they have available. By treating these people with compassion and offering them assistance rather than pressing charges or confiscating their animals, I hope that their hoarding problem can be resolved at its source.
[Your Name Here]
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