Target: Sarah Speed, Pennsylvania Director of the Humane Society of the United States
Goal: Applaud Pennsylvania’s new statewide animal cruelty investigation training program
Dog fighting is a chronic problem in Pennsylvania. Fortunately, law enforcement and animal welfare officials from across Pennsylvania will soon be enrolled in a training program developing strategies to combat dog fighting. This program is a first for the state, and is open to the public. This positive statewide effort deserves our support.
The free animal fighting and cruelty investigation training – sponsored by a community of animal welfare groups – is in reaction to Pennsylvania’s notorious struggle with dog fighting. Sarah Speed, state director of the Humane Society of the United States, stated that, “Pennsylvania has an endemic problem with dog fighting. The conference is intended to prepare participants who are working toward “taking down animal fighters and running this blight out of our communities.” Harrisburg Councilman Brad Koplinski also made a statement, saying that “We have officers here who really care about animals. We’ve done everything we can to try to make sure our animal friends are safer. This training is one way we can help eliminate this scourge from Pennsylvania.”
Koplinski certainly knows what he is talking about. This year he already passed a law making tethering illegal. Just three days before that measure passed, local police answered a dog fighting call and found two emaciated puppies chained outside a home. Neither of them survived. This sparked Koplinski’s decision to get Harrisburg city police involved in the animal cruelty training program.
Dogfighting is almost always a symptom of gun and drug related crimes, so working to end the horrible practice not only benefits animals, it benefits humans as well. Please take a moment to sign the petition below and thank Sarah Speed and the state of Pennsylvania for working to target dog fighting.
Dear Sarah Speed,
A group of law enforcement officers, animal welfare officials, and volunteers from across Pennsylvania will soon meet as part of a training program to combat the ever-growing problem of dog fighting in the state. This will be the first event of its kind for Pennsylvania.
It often seems that perhaps the biggest concern for citizens who have grown discontent with the weaknesses in animal cruelty investigations is often that the law officers simply do not care. This program, however, breathes new life into animal welfare efforts by showing the country that there are officers and officials out there who are willing to work harder to protect animals from harm. Thank you so much for this program and for your continued efforts to put an end to the scourge that is dog fighting.
[Your Name Here]
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