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June 2006                                                                                                                     

Greetings All,

Thank you in advance for taking the time to visit.

Our animal brothers and sisters continue to face incredible obstacles in our community, but thankfully there are passionate and committed people who work daily to ease their journey. 

 Move to ACT Fund Raiser / Event Coordinator Needed

MtA is looking for a volunteer fund raiser and event coordinator. If you or anyone you know may be interested please contact us at info@movetoact.org or call 317-641-9300.

Leadership Award

Warren Patitz, mtA co-founder. was honored to be awarded the RTV6 Leadership Award on May 16th.  http://www.theindychannel.com/station/9267579/detail.html

Video clip can be seen here:

http://html.theindychannel.com/podcast/2006/0520/9248073.pc.mp4 

Dangerous Dog Ordinance

The community stewardship of dogs in our city is being increasingly challenged by our city’s leaders’ ability to understanding the pros and cons of Breed Specific Legislation (BSL) and public safety as they wrestle with a dangerous dog ordinance following another serious mauling.

On the evening of June 20th, upon invitation by the Indianapolis Rules and Public Policy Committee, room 206 of the City County Building was packed with members of the public providing articulate input and citing references as to the failures of BSL.

June 3rd: The Indianapolis Star editorial:  “It’s the owners, not the breed of dog”  “The city should respond to dog attacks by focusing on irresponsible owners and picking up strays.”

June 15th: Columnist Ruth Holladay: “Dog attacks remain a people problem.”

“What pit bulls can tell us about profiling” is a thought-provoking read by Malcolm Gladwell: http://www.newyorker.com/printables/fact/060206fa_fact

From the American Veterinary Medical Association: “A Community Approach to dog bite prevention”: http://www.dogbitelaw.com/dogbite.pdf

HSUS Statement on Dangerous Dogs and Breed-Specific Legislation: http://www.hsus.org/pets/issues_affecting_our_pets/dangerous_dogs.html

From the American Kennel Club (AKC): http://www.animallaw.info/articles/aruslweiss2001.htm

MtA invites the mayor and his advisors to appreciate that the first steps in reducing dog violence in a community is directing attention to:

  • Mandatory spaying and neutering of all pet dogs
  • Significant penalties for owners allowing their dogs to run at large and
  • Serious prosecution of dog fighters and animal abusers.

Dog Fighting

Our city is fortunate to have city prosecutor Kathryn Janeway who is pressing the law to those who are engaging in animal cruelty in the form of dog fighting. http://www.nuvo.net/article.php?title=article_5883 .

Janeway’s successful prosecution and the sentencing of Mark Taylor were believed to be in part due to the courtroom presence of many community members. The public is encouraged to attend these hearings to show support for the prosecution.

Please bookmark this courtroom calendar for upcoming animal related cases: http://casadeltoro.org/CourtCalendar.html

Judges must know that the public is monitoring their performance in handing out penalties to animal abusers. We direct you to the “judge’s scorecard” http://www.casadeltoro.org/CaseSnapshots.html that will be updated after every case.

Man’s Missing Dog Destroyed

Last month there was reported a devastating incident in which Spencer, the beloved dog of a local citizen Kim Gastineau, was wrongly destroyed.

Fox news: http://www.movetoact.com/lostdog.html

NUVO: http://www.nuvo.net/archive/2006/05/24/lost_dog_killed_by_mistake.html

The agency responded with a press release: http://www.indyhumane.org/article.htm?article=177 

Here is Mr. Gastineau’s side of the story: http://www.movetoact.com/Gastineau.htm

Groups' Selfless Effort to Protect Public Charitable Trust

The litigation for "standing," in regards to the administration of the Mary Powell Crume Public Charitable Trust for animals, has come to a closure... for now.  This has been a confusing issue for the casual observer to appreciate.  Attorney Veronica Jarnagin eloquently articulates the issues of this matter here:

http://www.old.movetoact.org/media/SelflessEfforts.pdf

Report Suspect Abuse

MtA encourages the public to consider our Watchdog program.  It is a way to report abuse of donor dollars or the abuse of the animals in a group's care. Please contact us info@movetoact.org or call 317-641-9300 to help us monitor accountability in the Indianapolis area animal welfare system.

Acknowledgements

MtA would like to commend the citizens who are working to educate the city county councilors on dangerous dog legislation, “Indy Pit Crew” http://www.indypitcrew.org, “Casa del Toro~ Bully Breed Education and Rescue” http://www.casadeltoro.org, and the officers of Indianapolis Animal Care and Control who continue their tireless efforts to address dog fighting in Indianapolis.

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Move to ACT

PO Box 68658

Indianapolis, IN 46268

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- Albert Schweitzer

   
   
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