7/13/09- UPDATE: A Chance For Stu!
FULL STORY: Board of Animal Services moves to amend L.A. Code to free Stu!
Dear Kinship Circle Supporters:
We’ve followed Stu’s saga since 2005. Today, the fate of this wrongfully
impounded, non-dangerous dog hinged upon the Los Angeles Board of Animal
Services Commissioners (7/13/09) meeting.
If Stu hadn’t made it on today’s agenda, his euthanasia date would have
remained 7/23/09 — as circulated in our last alert: 7/5/09: Stu Dies July
23. Stop Them. Single-custody dog cases are not ordinarily the type issues
covered in KC alerts. Stu is different. His case is so glaringly unjust.
On 6/18/09 we asked you to flood Los Angeles offices with pleas for Stu’s
Life. You did. On 7/5/09 we urged you flood ’em again in order to repeal
Stu’s 7/23/09 execution date — despite testimony from acclaimed animal
experts that Stu poses no threat to humans. You did.
Bottom line: As of today, there is no euthanasia date for Stu. Politics run
thick so we can’t claim victory yet. But, things look good for Stu!
“We Win! I Think… Much mention was made of full email boxes and messages
from people all over the world!” Jeff de la Rosa
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Jeff de la Rosa, firstname.lastname@example.org — 7/13/09: The Board convened at about
10:30 and immediately began discussion of Item 3A regarding Stu… The Board
took Public Comment from a large group of concerned citizens, some who
traveled from as far as southern Orange County to support Stu. The Board
requested that no action to “euthanize” Stu be taken at this time. At 11:05
the Board withdrew to consult with Assistant City Attorney Laurie
Rittenberg, the supervising attorney on Stu’s court cases.
The Board did not return until past 12:30 p.m. at which time, Commissioner
Riordan introduced a motion that the Board make recommendations to L.A. City
Council to amend the Los Angeles Municipal Code section covering “dangerous”
Dogs… Commissioner Riordan stressed that the amendment be retroactive to
cover Stu’s case…and it passed 4-0…
WHAT THIS MEANS: At a subsequent public meeting (presumably July 27, 2009),
the Board will actually make a recommendation to City Council to amend the
code in order to give the Board the power to reverse a general manager’s
decision AFTER the appeal had been finalized. I take this to mean that the
Board, once empowered by the code change, intends to remove the “dangerous”
designation from Stu which would allow the Board to send him home under
reasonable terms and conditions for his care and control.
I’m a little frazzled by the whole thing because it doesn’t seem real. I’m
encouraged, but I will believe it when I see it. This could take months or
weeks or the Council could refuse to the amend the code…
NOTE: If any of you have called the Department and have comments about
conversations you have had regarding the case that you’d like to share with
Kate Woodviolet (Kate wrote the 2 Examiner.com pieces that launched this
newest surge public support), please contact her email@example.com
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT JEFF DE LA ROSA: firstname.lastname@example.org
A DOG’S LIFE, TIED UP IN RED TAPE
7/13/09, Board of Animal Services Commissioners moves to amend L.A. Code to free Stu!
PART #1: Playing political games with a dog’s life
PART #2: Appeals Court rules against Stu – could allow Animal Services to kill senior dog
6/18/09: Undue Justice – Stu On Death Row, 4 Years And Counting
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