Since Kinship Circle last wrote about Stu – the dog unjustly imprisoned and sentenced to death by L.A. Animal Services nearly four years ago – there’s been a development in the case.
Kate Woodviolet, writing at the examiner.com, explains:
Despite a case filled with discrepancies, missing reports, and irregular behavior on the part of L.A. Animal Services and City personnel, the California Court of Appeals today ruled that the City’s sentence of death against Stu, a ten year-old dog with a record of one biting incident four years ago, when Stu had himself just been injured, could stand. This clears the way for L.A. Animal Services to euthanize a dog who many, including Animal Services Commissioners, feel was denied his legal due process, and who most agree presents no danger to the public.
This despite assurances from Deputy City Attorney Dov Lesel at this Monday’s meeting of the Board of Animal Services Commissioners that it was unnecessary for the Board to take any action to save Stu, as a ruling by the Appeals Court could be weeks in coming.
(You might recall that Ms. Woodviolet’s last piece about Stu, “Playing political games with a dog’s life,” featured prominently in Kinship Circle’s previous alert. For additional information on the case, these articles are an excellent place to start.)
In light of this ruling, Stu’s execution has been scheduled for July 23, 2009.
Even if you took action previously, please take a moment to look through this newest alert from Kinship Circle and follow through on one or more of the actions listed below. Though there’s much red tape to cut through, Stu can still be granted a pardon. Let’s help make that happen.
Stu’s already served four years of an indeterminate sentence; now he deserves to go home and live out his senior years in peace, with his family.
The LA Board of Animal Services must hold a special meeting by July 13, so please act now.
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From: Kinship Circle – info [at] kinshipcircle.org
Date: Sun, Jul 5, 2009 at 3:12 PM
Subject: Update: Stu Dies 7/23/09 [Act before 7/13]
KINSHIP CIRCLE PRIMARY / PERMISSION TO CROSSPOST
7/5/09: UPDATE – Stu Dies July 23. Stop Them. Act Before 7/13/09.
Kinship Circle’s 6/18 Stu alert asked you to flood Los Angeles offices with pleas for the dog’s life. Now, a 6/23/09 court decision leaves Stu with a July 23 execution date — despite testimony from acclaimed animal experts that Stu poses no threat to humans.
To save Stu, his person wants you to know:
(It’s tangled. Kinship Circle didn’t write the politics! We just want to save Stu.)
1. LOS ANGELES BOARD OF ANIMAL SERVICES must hold a special meeting BEFORE July 13, 2009 (which is their next regular meeting). The Board president or three Commissioners are empowered to schedule this special meeting — but NO ONE HAS CALLED FOR IT. It’s purpose would be to discuss a Board recommendation, in writing, to spare Stu and send him home. The Board’s letter would then go to the Los Angeles City Council and Mayor.
2. By the Board’s 7/13 meeting, Commissioners must vote to send the Stu recommendation to L.A. CITY COUNCIL. Then, either full Council or a Public Safety Committee will address Stu’s fate. Next, the CITY ATTORNEY would advise City Council on its legal powers to save Stu and send him home. Wait, there’s even more red tape: The Board of Animal Services must also vote on a 60-day suspension of the order to kill Stu.
3. The MAYOR decides Stu’s fate, if City Council votes to make a Stu recommendation to the mayor.
Email or preferably FAX your demand that the Board call and hold a special meeting before 7/13/09.
1. FAX L.A. BOARD OF ANIMAL SERVICES: 213-482-9511
ON YOUR FAX COVER SHEET: Direct the Board Secretary to forward your fax to all Board members immediately.
2. FAX BOARD PRESIDENT TARIQ KHERO at his office: 310-392-9029
(Nasatir, Hirsch, Podberesky & Genego, PLC)
3. CALL TARIQ KHERO at his office: 310-854-4170
4. EMAIL ALL ANIMAL SERVICES BOARDMEMBERS AND REQUEST A REPLY:
tariqkhero [at] gmail.com, ninekitties [at] aol.com, ireneponce [at] earthlink.net, secundar [at] unitedtalent.com, ajq1trq2 [at] aol.com
5. CC JEFF ON YOUR EMAILS: stu.911 [at] gmail.com
6. FLOOD ANIMAL SERVICES WITH CALLS: 213-482-9506, 9501, 9505, 9504 Demand the Board hold a special meeting before 7/13/09 to discuss a written recommendation to spare Stu and send him home.
SUGGESTED TALKING POINTS:
Please make some words your own. You do NOT need to use every point.
— I respectfully demand that L.A. Board of Animal Services hold a special meeting BEFORE 7/13/09, to form a written recommendation to spare Stu and send him home.
— Please do not allow Stu’s execution. The bite incident occurred when a pet-sitter tried to harness him after he’d sustained a torn ear in an atypical scuffle with another household dog. It is accepted knowledge that injured animals may react defensively.
— Commissioner Archie Quincey, a 30-year veteran of L.A. Country Animal Control, later described the bites as “a couple of puncture wounds.”
— Stu was wrongfully seized from a locked kennel in Jeff de la Rosa’s backyard in Aug. 2005. After that, L.A. Animal Services mismanaged the case, resulting in two years of court proceedings. During this time documents and attempts to reveal the truth about Stu were inexplicably blocked.
— Dr. Richard Polsky, a co-creator of City criteria for gauging dangerous dogs, and Bobby Dorofshar of New Leash on Life, also a City advisor and one-time member of its Spay/Neuter Advisory Committee — have testified that Stu poses no threat to humans and is not considered dangerous.
— Conclusions that Stu is non-aggressive stem from expert assessment of Stu’s pre- and post-incident behavior, plus comprehension of how the victim’s actions may have triggered the bites.
— Please let a now elderly dog, who aged from 6 to 10 while impounded, live his final days at home with Jeff de la Rosa. Stu’s life depends upon the Board’s move to hold a special meeting BEFORE 7/13/09. People worldwide hope you take this step to save Stu’s life.
A DOG’S LIFE, TIED UP IN RED TAPE
Jeff de la Rosa’s Boardwatch Blog / STU DIES July 23, 2009! Mark your calendar:
6/18/09: Undue Justice – Stu On Death Row, 4 Years And Counting
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