Target: San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee
Goal: Curb a recent spike in animal abuse cases throughout San Francisco
The city of San Francisco has recently witnessed a disturbing trend: there has been an almost unprecedented spike of animal abuse cases reported. In one particularly ugly month, four felony cruelty cases were investigated by Animal Care & Control on top of many more misdemeanor cases. The incidents of abuse have ranged from filthy living conditions and malnutrition to cases in which animals were thrown out of windows, abandoned on the street, or left in cars. In one particularly horrifying case, a 10-month-old puppy was beaten so severely that she went blind from the viciousness of the attack and almost died from head trauma.
The workers at San Francisco’s Animal Care & Control are conscientious civil servants, but they lack the funds and personnel to investigate all of the cases brought to their attention. Because of this dearth of money and manpower, in times when many cases are reported these workers are forced to handle only the worst cases of abuse; there always remain more animals in need of attention. While it is regrettably normal for some cases to go without being investigated fully, in times like these the burden is all the heavier on animals in need.
The city of San Francisco has recently reported a budget surplus of almost $100 million; while Mayor Ed Lee and the Board of Supervisors have channeled much of this extra money into sound investments like social services and education, it is clear that more funds should also be put towards animal welfare. Please sign the petition below to ask San Francisco’s mayor to see that Animal Care & Control is better funded and better staffed to deal with the recent wave of animal abuse, as well as any similar waves that may come in the future.
Dear Mayor Ed Lee:
Your city of San Francisco has recently experienced a shocking spike in reports of animal abuse cases. Incidents of abuse have ranged from neglect and abandonment to vicious beatings and torture. The city’s Animal Care & Control has made clear its dearth of funding and manpower. In such a progressive city as San Francisco, animal welfare should be an important priority, and funds should be justly allocated to it.
Given the fact that, under your leadership, the city of San Francisco has recently posted a budget surplus of $96 million, I ask that you and the city’s Board of Supervisors put aside more funds and effort to aid animals in need. Please remember that the city government must serve not only the citizens, but also the animals that call San Francisco home.
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