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Delta Rescue


January 17, 2008



Delta Rescue claims that the County has allocated over $75 million for animal control services this year and last; nonetheless, animals at the County's six animal pounds are not receiving needed medical treatment, they live in horrible conditions and there is ongoing and rampant animal cruelty.

Substantial taxpayer money is being wasted, and diverted for the use, benefit and profit of government employees, private persons and entities.

Tens of millions of dollars is likely to have been wasted and diverted over the past few years, and more will be wasted and diverted this year, instead of being used for the animals.

The county has failed to adequately respond to these charges made by DR and other rescue groups and concerned citizens.

Specific Allegations include:

Animal Control's wrongful injection, recording and diversion of euthanol/sodium pentobarbital, a controlled substance, and ketamine, a controlled substance, leading to an investigation by the Federal Drug Enforcement Administration.

Fabrication of euthanasia records to hide the manner in which animals are euthanized, and to lie about the numbers of animals euthanized.

Animals are not "euthanized" or even sedated prior to killing. They are held down by workers stepping with all their weight on the animals' paws and legs, causing extreme pain.

And while stepping on them euthanol is injected, not in their veins, but into their abdomen, and very often missing even their abdomen and causing a horrible burning sensation in their muscle tissue.

Improper amounts of euthanol are given, and there is no veterinary supervision of such administration.

Then these animals are thrown into disposal barrels, many of whom are still alive, some of whom try crawling out of the barrel, from under heaps of other animals suffocating them.

Then they are taken to the rendering plant where they are chopped up and boiled, some of them still alive, and turned into animal feed and other commercial products that enter the human food chain.

Animal Control unlawfully and routinely euthanizes adoptable and treatable animals, often before required holding dates expire, in violation of State Civil and Criminal laws.

Animal Control fails to provide veterinary care to adoptable animals because it does not have a viable medical treatment program: It doesn't have appropriate equipment to properly diagnose animals; it doesn't have the medications necessary to treat the animals for disease and pain, and it doesn't hire people with proper qualifications, leading to untold disease, suffering and wrongful death, in violation of State Civil and Criminal laws.

Animal Control fabricates and inflates fees and costs which it passes on to taxpayers, many of whom are seniors, whose animals have been impounded, which must be paid before their animals are returned.

Many times citizens, especially seniors, are unable to afford to get their animals back, and their pets are euthanized.

The County enforces these false reimbursement claims through enforcement of liens, seizing citizens' personal and real property, if necessary.

Cities which contract with Animal Control are also overcharged for services that are not performed.

D.E.L.T.A. Rescue is seeking possible criminal prosecution of the defendants.

D.E.L.T.A. Rescue has asked the court to order and supervise a detailed audit of all income received and monies paid by Animal Control Services for the last three years, and to make the records public; to appoint a Special Prosecutor to evaluate the past operations and conduct of Animal Control and determine if government employees and elected officials may have committed criminal offenses, and, if so, to make sure they are prosecuted.

Additionally, to appoint a commission, of not less than three qualified persons, to monitor the daily operations of Animal Control to ensure compliance with all State, Federal and local laws; to make the supervisors review all actions taken to enforce liens against citizens, and to order the return of all money and property wrongfully taken from citizens and City, County and State treasuries; and to order that taxpayer money earmarked for alleged capital improvements not be released until these actions have been taken so as to ensure that the monies will be used for the animals.

By: Delta Rescue -

Teenage Girls Burn Kitten And Are Charged With Animal Cruelty

July 18, 2007

In Cotati, Sonoma County California a 8 week old kitten was set on fire by young girls who face charges of animal cruelty. The kitten has undergone surgeries and has had its tail and the tips of the ears amputated. The kittens body was left raw from the burns. 

The head veterinarian and owner Animal Hospital of Cotati, Kathryn Hinkle treated the critical kitten. The animal was inside an animal trap waiting to be driven to be spayed or neutered. The traps had been set on a farm but the girls allegedly stole the traps holding the feral kittens. 

The two Santa Rosa girls allegedly set the kitten on fire in June.  An 11 year old boy saw the smoke and heard the kitten screaming and thus witnessed the girls laughing. The girls were charged with cruelty last week in Sonoma County Juvenile Court..

The bill could run between $20,000 and $30,000 to keep the kitten alive says Dr. Kathryn Hinkle who has donated her services. The kitten is handled with gloves and will need more surgeries to cover the wound on its back with skin.



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Provides a complete listing of laws and legislation on animal law issues in all 50 states. has expanded to include case law digests. This new feature provides summaries of current case law broken down to topic on a variety of issues, including animal cruelty, custody, veterinary malpractice, valuation of companion animals and other topics.  


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Pet Food Recall

The recall is limited to “cuts and gravy” style pet food in cans and foil pouches

 produced on specific dates and times between December 3, 2006, and March 6, 2007 

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The bill is scheduled to be heard on April 10 in Sacramento in the Assembly's Business and Professions Committee.  Contact information and updates can be found here: /ab1634.cfm

 Mandating all breed spay and neuter of pets

*Exceptions for Registered Animals and Those With Medical Concerns

On February 23, 2007, California Assembly Member Lloyd E. Levine introduced the California Healthy Pets Act, or AB1634. This important bill comes at a time when pet overpopulation and backyard breeding trends are burdening animal shelters with overwhelming numbers of homeless pets. Addressing the problem of over breeding through the mass euthanasia of adoptable animals is not an acceptable means of controlling the population.   

This bill would reduce euthanasia rates by mandating all breed mandatory spay and neuter of pets with exceptions for registered animals, service and law enforcement animals, and those with medical concerns. It would eliminate the perceived need for permitted breed-specific legislation (BSL) in California which currently allows localities to identify only certain dog breeds for spay and neuter mandates. It would also address the problem of cat overpopulation.   

BAD RAP's position statement here: /ab1634.cfm

We ask you to keep an eye on this bill as it moves through the legislature and, please, send your support to the authors, committee members, and the governor so that we may finally reduce the mass euthanasia and over breeding of our animals.

Thank you for caring,


Barbara Boxer
United States Senator

E-Mail Received 2-16-07

For more information on Senator Boxer's record and other information, please go to:

To respond to this message, please click on the following link: /contact/email/feedback.cfm .  This link will take you to a webpage where you can respond to messages that you receive from Senator Boxer’s office.

Dear Friend:

I am cosponsoring three important bills regarding animal welfare and wanted to let you know about them and about my interest in ensuring more humane treatment for animals.

First, I am pleased to be an original cosponsor of S. 311, Senator Mary Landrieu’s legislation to amend the Horse Protection Act to prohibit the shipping, transporting, moving, delivering, receiving, possessing, purchasing, selling, or donating of horses and other equines to be slaughtered for human consumption.  Last year, the Senate came close to passing similar legislation to protect America’s horses, and I am pleased that this bill has garnered early bipartisan support.  Like last year, it will undoubtedly face opposition, but I am hopeful that we can prevail and protect America’s horses.

Second, I have cosponsored S.261, the Animal Fighting Prohibition Enforcement Act of 2007, which amends the federal criminal code to prohibit most activities involving animal fighting and increases the penalties to a fine and up to three years' imprisonment for violations.  This legislation by Senator Maria Cantwell has received bipartisan support and will go a long way in ending the cruel activities involving animal and bird fighting.

I am also an original cosponsor of S.394, which would help to ensure more humane treatment of nonambulatory or “downed” livestock.  These are animals that, because of disease or injury, are unable to move about on their own.  Senator Akaka’s bill would prevent these “downed” animals from being transported to slaughterhouses for eventual human consumption and would, instead, mandate that they be euthanized in the field.   In part, this legislation would help to better protect the public from contaminated meat from diseased cattle. Importantly, however, it also provides for animals to be more humanely euthanized in the field rather than transported under what are often painful conditions for eventual slaughter.

While the 110th Congress is just barely underway, the introduction of these three bills provides ample opportunity for steps to increase animal welfare and well being.  You can count on me to work for the passage of all of them.


Barbara Boxer
United States Senator

Dog Owners Across the Country Marched in Protest Against Breed Discrimination on October 28, 2006

ROVERlution, a grassroots protest movement comprised of devoted dog owners strongly opposed to Breed Specific Legislation, will hold its second annual Luv-a-Bully March on October 28. Dog owners in six states will begin the protest March starting at 10 a.m. Some cities will march to the steps of City Hall.

Press Release from

(PRWEB) October 18, 2006 -- ROVERlution is holding its second annual Luv-a-Bully March, a protest movement against dog breed discrimination and breed specific legislation (BSL), in six cities across the United States on Saturday, October 28, starting at 10 a.m. Marches will take place in Brea, California; Colorado Springs, Colorado; Indianapolis, Indiana; Kansas City, Missouri; Pelham, Alabama; and West Palm Beach, Florida. More information can be found on ROVERlution's web site,

March protestors are opposed to laws that restrict or penalize their freedom to keep dogs of certain breeds and uphold that breed bans violate citizens' Constitutional rights. Protestors maintain that no reputable study has found any particular breed of dog to be inherently dangerous and cite irresponsible dog ownership as the root of problematic dogs in society. In fact, both the Humane Society of the United States and the American Veterinary Medical Association have spoken out against BSL. Many experts agree that failure to properly penalize the owners of dangerous dogs has put the public at risk, not the responsible dog owner who is becoming victimized by discriminatory laws.

Three breeds most under fire are the American Pit Bull Terrier, the American Staffordshire Terrier and the Staffordshire Bull Terrier, all commonly referred to as Pit Bulls. It now seems forgotten that the Pit Bull has been used to signify sturdiness, dependability, and loyalty by such organizations as RCA, Buster Brown shoes, and even the loveable Pete of the Little Rascals. Noted celebrities such as Helen Keller, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Cesar Millan (The Dog Whisperer), have owned one of the “pit bull” breeds now outlawed in the city of Denver, Colorado! Other breeds that have been the target of BSL in cities around the country include the Rottweiler, Doberman, Chow Chow and the German Shepard.

"Until such a time that all dogs are judged by their actual behavior and not stereotyped as breed aggressive, I will not actively participate in any attempt by the insurance companies or government to penalize responsible dog owners," said Dr. Paula Terifaj, owner of Founders Veterinary Clinic in Brea, California, and Packleader of ROVERlution.

Terifaj said her outrage at the growing trend toward breed specific legislation against dogs such as the American Pit Bull Terrier is shared by the thousands of dog owners across the country who have joined her protest movement, ROVERlution.

ROVERlution encourages voter support for lawmakers who will respect the interests of dog owners and will vote down discriminatory dog legislation that penalizes the responsible dog owner. "Dog owners comprise 48 percent of the voting population, therefore politicians need to be aware of policies that affect us in a negative way," Terifaj said.

Local dog rescue organizations and animal advocacy groups will participate with information on how to promote public safety and offer tips to help dog owners integrate their dogs as good canine citizens in their communities.

Pre-registered dog rescue groups will be presenting available dogs for adoption to loving homes.

Individuals or organizations interested in organizing a Luv-a-Bully March in their hometown in 2007 are encouraged to sign up at

Fight Breed Specific Legislation

Rovers on Dog Duty

It is our responsibility to fight breed ignorance (BSL) with the tools of education and demonstration.  The public needs our help to separate the facts from the fiction.

Study the history and characteristics of your chosen breed. 

  • PIT BULLS  To start, pit bull is not a breed of dog, it’s a term typically used to group 3 breeds of dog, the American Pit Bull Terrier (ABPT), American Staffordshire Terrier (AMSTAFF) and the Staffordshire Bull Terrier (STAFFIE) 


The CA Dog Chaining Bill, SB 1578, was signed into law! Thank you to everyone who called, wrote, emailed and faxed to make sure dogs in CA don't spend their lives on chains!

Now let's focus on getting our homeless and lost animals out of the cages and out of the KILL ROOMS at the six Los Angeles Department of Animal Services "Death Camps!"


"To know and not to act is not to know." - Ancient Chinese proverb


eceived E-mail September 22, 2006


Dear California Advocacy Brigade Member,

We need one final big push to convince California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger that the majority of Californians support SB 1578, the Anti-Chaining Bill. The governor's key staff members have concerns about him signing the bill, so he needs to hear loud and clear that California residents (and voters) support this important animal protection and public safety measure.

SB 1578, the Anti-Chaining Bill, would prohibit chaining or tethering a dog to a stationary object as a primary means of confinement. Research has shown that chained dogs are nearly three times as likely to bite as dogs who are not chained.

Please follow the directions below to register your support on SB 1578 as soon as possible.  The governor may act on this bill within the next day or two.

  • Call 916-445-2841
  • Press 1 for English
  • Press 2 to Voice Your Opinion on Legislation
  • Press 4 for Senate Bill 1578
  • Press 1 to SUPPORT


ASPCA Advocacy Center


League of Humane Voters-California Chapter

(formally The Animal Legislative Action Network)

834 ¼ Tularosa Dr.  CA 90026

Tel: (323) 666-9075 Fax: (323) 666-8007



Dear Friends,


Just a quick note to alert you to the fact that the Animal Legislative Action Network (ALAN) has joined with a new national association of political action committees working on animal issues, called the League of Humane Voters (LOHV).  Nothing else changes except the name.  We maintain the same capable Board of Directors, I will continue to direct the organization and we will continue to work to elect animal friendly candidates to office throughout California. 


What this action will bring to our organization, beyond a mere name change, is the creative and practical talents of other individuals throughout the country who also understand the importance of a political strategy for advancing protections and rights for non-human animals.  You will more than likely be hearing and receiving a lot more e-mail materials from us regarding elections, legislation and political activism as it relates to the needs of animals.


It might be a good time to inform any of you interested that previously ALAN and now the

League of Humane Voters will be continuing to work with a coalition of fourteen other animal advocacy groups in California to maintain a professional lobbying presence in Sacramento.  This is expensive but critical in making progress towards greater protections for animals and quite soon we believe we will have some good news as regards the bill be championed this year.


Should you no longer wish to receive our alerts and updates, please reply to this e-mail and put Delete in the Subject heading.


On behalf of the old organization with the new name, we wish to say that the work that all of you do to save the lives and relieve the suffering of animals caught up in our, at times insensitive, society is an inspiration to us here and we will continue to strive to deserve your faith and support for of our mission.




Rich Mc Lellan MD


League of Humane Voters

(California Chapter)

Received August 22, 2006 via e-mail from



Now is the time to really unite. Please send the following press release to the Associated Press, email address,, or to the United Press at,, Use the link, copy and paste from the message below. If we can get one person from each state to send we have a great chance of having this posted.


National Rally in Lancaster Pa


Americans purchase puppies from pet stores, dealers, newspaper advertisements and via the Internet by the thousands and never sees the conditions in which the puppies are born. A number of reports, however, have revealed that the conditions can be horrific. Thousands of puppy breeding operations exist across the country.  Many of the problems inside these facilities include over breeding, inbreeding, minimal veterinary care, poor quality of food and shelter, lack of socialization with humans, overcrowded cages, and the killing of unwanted animals. All 50 states have anti-cruelty laws that should prevent neglect and mistreatment of dogs Despite repeated violations of the federal Animal Welfare Act (AWA) many of these operations exist and go unpunished.  


On October 14th 2006, Unite Against Puppy Mills (UAPM) is Holding a National Rally in Lancaster County Central Park, Lancaster Pennsylvania. A very big project Ruffin' It... A Day in the Park this will be the first of its kind for UAPM! Activities will include contests, games, food, and entertainment. The rally will be from 10am-3pm.  The goal of the rally is to bring attention to the national tragedy of wholesale puppy brokeraging and the deplorable conditions and detriment to canine health these puppy mills generate.


We cordially invite you to attend the rally and show your support.


United Against Puppy Mills was founded and organized on March 31, 2005 by residents of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. There are no paid employees and work continues solely through the effort of volunteers. UAPM is an incorporated, federally approved 501(c) 3 non-profit organization.

The primary charitable mission of United Against Puppy Mills is to promote awareness and provide training and support for people interested in effecting positive action for the elimination of puppy mills as they currently exist.

Long time dog lover and renowned children’s author, Chris Williams, of “ONE INCREDIBLE DOG” fame will be sponsoring events at the Rally. He has in conjunction with Keene Publishing, of Warwick New York, opened their internet sales of the “One Incredible Dog” series, from now until October 14th 2006 donating 40%.of sales, with the goal to raise $100,000 for UAPM.


The reality of the situation is that only public and media pressure can bring about changes to the law and eliminate puppy mills. The national publicity is designed to encourage people across America to help put a stop to puppy mills.


Received this August 14, 2006 via e-mail from


If you are fed up with the irresponsible reporting of ABC and CBS about designer dogs you can do something about it today. Bill O’Reilly at Fox News loves to rake these reporters over the coals for the stupid stories they run. You can contact Bill at Please went you write do not rant. Explain why the reporting is irresponsible and use stats from your shelter. I have looked up the National Stats for you and I would include them in your email. The more emails he receives today the better for all of us who work with and rescue our canine friends.


National Stats

The sad fact is once a puppy is past its cuteness; or a dog displays behaviors we don't know how to deal with, many canines are discarded like old newspapers. On average 100,000dogs and puppie are listed on, daily. It is reported by the National Council on Pet Population Study and Policy, from the 5000 or so US agencies who responded to the survey, that over 2 million dogs enter shelters annually. Of those 27% are relinquished by owners, 42% are turned in by animal control, 31 by other sources, of these dogs, 56% are euthanized.



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