EDUCATE AND ADVOCATE

More Advocacy opportunities on this cloudy day. Breed Specific Legislation is real in many communities and it has forced many pets to be removed from homes. Even though the breeds being discriminated against have proven themselves to be great family pets (yes, it is all about the owners), communities are still trying to enact laws which disallow ownership of certain breeds. BSL can happen in your community if you don’t take action now. Please share and make a difference by writing your State legislators. ~ diana
Do you know someone who has been the victim of BSL (breed specific legislation)? If so, we NEED them! Please message us or post here if you can help us find folks who have lost their dog or who have had to fight to keep their dog due to breed discrimination where they live.Definition of BSL: Breed discrimination or breed-specific legislation (BSL) is a law that bans OR restricts certain types of dogs based on their appearance. BSL applies only to dogs of a certain appearance, not to any and all dogs. It does not take into account how the owner has raised, trained or managed the dog. It does not take into account the dog’s actual behavior.

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Please Try to Make a Difference

Please try to make a difference and contact your communities about this disgusting practice of inhumane treatment to innocent animals. Keep in mind that the cities of Sterling Heights, Warren, Roseville, Eastpointe, and St. Clair Shores do not allow free roaming animals or TNR programs. Consequently, all cats being brought to the County shelter by animal control officers are being euthanized. In other communities where trap/neuter/release is allowed, the cats are being spayed/neutered and returned to the community from which they came. Let’s educate and not kill. AND, if you have a rodent problem in your community, maybe TNR is a better alternative over placing poison traps in backyards at the cost of thousands of dollars (I believe St. Clair Shores is planning to spend $1 million in rat abatement) ~ diana

A neighborhood in Harper Woods is thanking Harper Woods police Friday night, after traps were finally set for the growing number of feral cats. They say one particular neighbor kept feeding the cats, causing them to keep living at the abandoned home next door.
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Action Needed

ACTION NEEDED TO BAN GAS CHAMBERS IN MICHIGAN. SB 354 PASSED THE SENATE! ON TO THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES! This is a photo of two (of 4 kittens) who were rescued by a friend of 4 Paws 1 Heart three years ago. They were being euthanized in one of the State’s shelters which still use gas chambers. Can you imagine the horror of being gassed and remaining alive while all of the others around you are experiencing a slow and painful death. PLEASE MAKE A DIFFERENCE TOMORROW AND MAKE A CALL. ~ DianaA quick phone call or email makes a HUGE DIFFERENCE for Michigan Shelter Animals!

Dear Friends of Animals,

SB 354, “Grant’s Bill” to end the use of gas chambers in Michigan animal shelters, passed out of the full Senate overwhelmingly with a 37-0 vote! IMPRESSIVE! Now SB 354 goes to the House of Representatives. SB 354 was assigned to the Local Government committee. Your polite calls are now needed to Representative Amanda Price (chair of Local Gov. Committee). Ask Representative Price to please hold a hearing for SB 354 to ban gas chambers in Michigan animal shelters.

Representative Amanda Price
N-1193 House Office Building
P.O. Box 30014
Lansing, MI 48909
Phone: (517) 373-0838
Fax: (517) 373-9830
Email: AmandaPrice@house.mi.gov

Next, will you also contact your Representative and ask them to support SB 354? You can find your Representative and contact information athttp://house.michigan.gov/mhrpublic/
All you need to say is, “I am a constituent, and would like to ask Representative ______ to please vote yes on SB 354 to end the gassing of Michigan’s shelter pets.”

For more info and talking points please visit:http://michigandersforshelterpets.org/grants-bill/

Thank you for your support & for helping to end the use of gas chambers in Michigan!

Michiganders for Shelter Pets

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Contact Your State Representatives

9/13/13 – Please contact your State Representatives and let them know that you support this bill and expect them to do the same. ~ diana

Mich. Senate votes to end gassing of animals – MiningGazette.com | News, Sports, Jobs -…
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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The state Senate on Thursday voted to ban the use of poisonous gas to euthanize dogs and cats at animal shelters in an attempt to rid Michigan of four remaining gas chambers called barbaric by animal rights support
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Michigan Dogfighting Laws

A reason to celebrate the new year. ~ diana

Thanks to your calls, emails and letters to your elected officials, Michigan now has the toughest dogfighting laws in the country. Under the new bills that were just signed into law by Gov. Snyder, dogfighters can be put behind bars for up to 20 years and be forced to pay a $100,000 fine. Before, dogfighters could get a maximum of 4 years and often received much less.

Thank you so much for all you do – this would not have been possible without you. Learn more:http://www.freep.com/article/20121231/NEWS06/312310070/Michigan-cracks-down-on-animal-fighting-with-tough-laws-new-penalties-20-years-in-prison-and-100-000-fine

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Update on Angel and Shiner

Update on Angel and Shiner:  As all of you may know by now, Angel has passed on to a greater place and is no longer in pain.  She leaves us with her brother Shiner who is getting stronger every day.  The Detroit Bully Corps (DBC) met with the Animal Control Officers in Sterling Heights and they decided to present the case to their detectives.  The City is now presenting the cast to the Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office.  The DBC has asked that letters supporting justice for Angel and Shiner be sent to them.  I am sharing my letter. Please take a few moments and send a respectful letter letting the prosecutor and others know how you feel about animal cruelty. The e-mail address is detroitbullycorps@gmail.com. I would add your address and telephone number to the letter. Thanks ~ diana
November 27,  2012

To Whom It May Concern:

Regarding: Animal Cruelty Case – Angel and Shiner

First, I would like to thank you for following through with this very sad and disturbing case of animal cruelty. In the two years since I co-founded 4 Paws 1 Heart, a 501c3 organization which funds medical treatment for abandoned, stray, and abused companion animals, I thought I had seen some of the very worst that alleged humans can do to defenseless animals. But, this case, which is beyond comprehension let alone sense, frightens me to my very core. To think that a person who accepted the responsibility of caring, sheltering, and feeding two innocent dogs would let them starve to near death in front of her own eyes and at her own hands is unconscionable and should be unacceptable and punishable in today’s society.

I know that criminal charges and sentences must follow the laws established by the legislators. I have sent several letters over the years supporting bills sponsored by Senator Bieda and others regarding stiffer penalties for animal cruelty and dog fighting. I also know that you have leeway to charge on the low-end of the law and accept probation as a sentence. I beg you for the sake of our community, our children, and these animals who must depend on us, please prosecute this case to the full extent of the law. Please do whatever you can to use all of the resources available to you to ensure this person is taken out of our community for the maximum period allowed by law. Any person who could watch the slow death and destruction of a living being is one that could not be trusted and should not be allowed to live without consequence for her actions.

I truly believe that we have become a “throw away” society — all too willing to discard our elderly, our children, and, our most vulnerable, our companion animals. Please help us in setting the example and the standard for the future. A society who continues to allow such wanton killing is one that will eventually be doomed.

Thank you very much for your consideration.

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