Rescuers sue the New York City pound for violating their constitutional rights
News and headlines for October 14 - October 20, 2023
These are some of the stories making headlines in animal protection:
While “shelters” blame the public, the honest answer is corruption and uncaring on the part of the shelters and their allies. They fought and killed legislation to save more animals. In court, they argued that they should be allowed to kill animals, even when rescuers are willing to save them. Shelter doors remain closed post-pandemic. Programs remain scuttled post-pandemic. And the Governor gave the money to an organization openly opposed to No Kill.
In a lawsuit by rescuers against the Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care & Control, the Court of Appeal unanimously ruled that California shelters cannot kill animals rescue groups are willing to save. Specifically, the court ruled that “the County lacks discretion to withhold and euthanize a dog based upon its determination that the animal has a behavioral problem or is not adoptable or treatable.”
The County of Los Angeles petitioned the California Court of Appeal to reverse that ruling. The California Animal Welfare Association — a lobbying organization of kill shelters and their allies — likewise asked the Court of Appeal to overturn the ruling.
If they had gotten their way, more dogs like Bowie would have died.
But ethics, compassion, kindness, and sensible law prevailed: the Court of Appeal unanimously (again!) ruled against them, preserving the victory for dogs and their rescuers.