L.A.P.D.'s Animal Cruelty Unit needs your support

Escrito por Nuria Querol i Viñas. Publicado en News in English.

As many of you may be aware, the Los Angeles Police Dept has a fairly new animal cruelty unit where they investigate and prosecute severe cases of animal cruelty. They need your support to not only get the word out regarding the unit but to contact Chief Bratton and let him know that you feel this unit is important.
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Date: Feb 5, 2006 9:17 PM
Subject: L.A.P.D.'s Animal Cruelty Unit needs your support 
 
As many of you may be aware, the Los Angeles Police Dept has a fairly new animal cruelty unit where they investigate and prosecute severe cases of animal cruelty. They need your support to not only get the word out regarding the unit but to contact Chief Bratton and let him know that you feel this unit is important.
 
This is a pilot program and they have been renewed after a 6 month trial period but there are many within the Dept who feel that the unit is a waste of resources and that animal cruelty is not a serious crime.
 
They recently had one of their first felony cases prosecuted [in which a gangmember with a taser gun put a girlfriend's puppy in a bathtub and repeatedly stunned the animal in the anal area leaving horrific injuries to the animal.
 
! On a happier note, the puppy was eventually adopted by one of the first officers who arrived at the scene]. You can view photos and read the story at www.laanimalservices.org [go to "services", scroll down to "animal cruelty task force"] . http://www.laanimalservices.org/ACTF_Press_Release.pdf
 

NEWS RELEASE

ANIMAL CRUELTY TASK FORCE ANNOUNCES FIRST FELONY CONVICTION

A gang member, Aaron Jones, 26, of Los Angeles

put his puppy in a bathtub of scalding water and then

used a tazer gun to zap the dog, all this to hurt his

girlfriend whom he just had a fight with. Mr. Jones was

sentenced to three years in prison for abusing "Sheila",

a German Shepherd mix breed puppy. Sheila survived

her injuries and is now in the home of the Los Angeles

Police Officer who was involved in the case. This was

one of the first convictions for the Animal Cruelty Task Force.

The Animal Cruelty Task Force consists of two Los Angeles Police Detectives, Detective II Walt Hampton, and Detective I Linda Ortega. Five Department of Animal Services Officers, Captain Wendell Bowers, Officer Sean McCarthy, Officer Armando Navarette, Officer Chip Vang and Officer Annette Ramirez. This task force hit the ground running and, in its very first case, accomplished exactly what was predicted, and is committed to taking criminals who abuse animals off the streets.

The press conference held today included Mayor Antonio

Villaraigosa, Councilman Tony Cardenas, LAPD Assistant

Chief Sharon Papa and General Manager, Guerdon Stuckey,

Animal Services.

Mayor Villaraigosa stated, "When we protect animals we are protecting ourselves, we are protecting our communities".

"Los Angeles is putting a leash on animal cruelty, " said Councilman Cardenas. "We have taken this vicious criminal off our streets and his conviction will make animal abusers think twice before hurting more defenseless victims. Reporting animal abuse stops other crimes of violence."

Theburnson"Sheila"

"This task force represents a cutting edge strategy that allows the City of Los Angeles to effectively investigate and abate issues of animal cruelty," stated Guerdon Stuckey. "By reporting animal cruelty to the task force, you, the public are also assisting in these convictions of animal cruelty and taking the criminals off the streets".

For information or assistance, residents can call L.A. Animal Services at 1-888-4LA-PET1/1-888-452-7381 (TTY Hearing Impaired: 877-875-8205) or visit the website at www.LAAnimalServices.com .

L.A. Animal Services rescues, houses and cares for lost and abandoned animals, enforces animal-related laws and acts to prevent cruelty to animals.

"Sheila" after her veterinary care. Now living with her new owner, an L.A.P.D. officer that first arrived on the scene.

The animal cruelty hotline number is (213) 847-1417.
 
Please help in getting the phone number and awareness of the Unit out to the general public!!
 
To thank Chief Bratton for taking animal cruelty seriously, you can call or write
 Community Relations:
150 N. Los Angeles St.
room 806
L.A., CA.90012
phone# (213) 485-4101
 
This is such an important step in the right direction in getting animal cruelty taken seriously.