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Saving animals’ lives

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Posted: Thursday, July 4, 2013 10:30 am

Dear Editor:

I write to commend City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. for lobbying for an animal abuse registry database that would ban evil people convicted of animal abuse from owning pets in the future.

The number of pets and animals physically abused by humans is so much greater than most people realize, mainly because the victims cannot speak and report their suffering. It is up to the good amongst us in society to stand up for their right to be safe from future abuse. In this regard, Vallone has come through big time; proving he is not just a member of the City Council but also a member of society with compassion for all.

Vallone also has fought hard to bring animal shelters to locations throughout the five boroughs in an effort to end the killing of healthy and friendly cats and dogs that are euthanized by Animal Care and Control simply because there is not enough space to hold them. But in a shameless and secretive move, other members of the City Council and Mayor Bloomberg blocked his efforts and the efforts of several animal rescue groups, pet lovers and animal welfare organizations to accomplish this. This past June 22, concerned citizens showed their disgust at this heartless political ploy by protesting outside ACC headquarters.

The fight to protect helpless cats and dogs goes on. All those interested in reducing animal homelessness and the killing of loving future pets can visit local no-kill animal shelters here in Queens, like Bobbi and the Strays and Heavenly Angels, which save animals from death’s door and adopt them into their homes. And never buy from breeders, who as a group unnecessarily increase the pet population, squeezing out shelter animals from loving homes. Last but not least, write our local politicians and tell them the killing of healthy animals in city shelters must end.

Timothy Caravello
Richmond Hill

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