LA County Quietly Sentencing Thousands of Animals to Death
Proposed ordinance could thwart animal sanctuaries' ability to
LOS ANGELES, Aug. 3, 2010 -- D.E.L.T.A. Rescue
largest no-kill, care-for-life sanctuary in the world, wants Los Angeles
County residents to know a proposed ordinance quietly being pushed through
the county code process stands to put thousands of rescued animals in harm's
way -- but it's not too late to stop it.
For 30 years, abandoned pets
in southern California have received a second chance from the 501(c)(3)
nonprofit D.E.L.T.A. Rescue. The only facility providing lifelong, no-kill
care to rescued dogs and cats, D.E.L.T.A. Rescue is home to 1,500 animals
that were left to die in the wilderness. But now, as a direct result of
little-known proposed amendments to Title 10 of the Los Angeles County Code,
animal sanctuaries countywide could be limited to caring for only 50 dogs
and cats ' and ultimately forced to surrender all the other unwanted animals
to an already overburdened county shelter system. It's effectively a death
sentence for thousands of dogs and cats.
Concerned citizens can help
ensure the proposed 50-animal limitation is dropped. Actor and lifelong
animal activist Leo Grillo, founder of D.E.L.T.A. Rescue, urges L.A. County
residents who care about animals to contact the five county supervisors and
other county officials to express their opposition to the 50-animal limit on
'If passed, the changes to Title 10 of the Los
Angeles County Code will require all facilities with over 50 dogs and cats
to sell, transfer or relinquish all animals above that limit of 50 within 30
days,' Grillo explained. 'Rescued animals are not always easy to place, and
we're talking about thousands of dogs and cats throughout the county.
Realistically, most of those animals will end up in the pound, where they
will be euthanized simply because there is no space for them.'
Grillo and the D.E.L.T.A. Rescue team are vehemently opposed to the
numerical limit on kennel licenses, they support other proposed changes to
Title 10, including requirements for facilities to maintain approved
emergency evacuation plans and to have 24-hour staff on site.
applaud the county's attempt to make sure animals receive proper care,'
Grillo stated. 'However, limiting responsible, established rescue facilities
to 50 dogs and cats contradicts the county's stated mission of preserving
and protecting public and animal safety. D.E.L.T.A. Rescue stands ready to
assist the county in that mission as we have for 30 years, but we cannot do
so if the ordinance passes as proposed. We need the public's help to keep
providing safe haven for the pets abandoned to the harsh conditions of the
southern California wilderness.'
To learn more about the proposed
changes to Title 10 of the Los Angeles County Code and help get the word
out, contact D.E.L.T.A. Rescue at P.O. Box 9, Glendale, CA, 91209 or visit
Members of the community are urged to contact LA County supervisors and
officials to voice their opposition to the kennel license cap at the
following emails and telephone numbers:
Molina@bos.lacounty.gov, (213) 974-4111
SecondDistrict@bos.lacounty.gov, (213) 974-2222
ZYarosla@lacbos.org, (213) 974-3333
DKnabe@lacbos.org, (213) 974-4444
MAntonovich@lacbos.org, (213) 974-5555
William Fujioka, Chief Executive Office,
BFujioka@ceo.lacounty.gov, (213) 974-1101
Raymond Fortner, County
RFortner@counsel.lacounty.gov, (213) 974-1811
James Bell, Dept.
of Regional Planning,
JBell@planning.lacounty.gov, (213) 974-8480