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TOWN HALL MTG WILL DISCUSS ANIMAL CRUELTY COALITION, IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT

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May 15, 2014

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Kiley Blackman
adow@adow.org
www.adow.org

TOWN HALL MTG WILL DISCUSS ANIMAL CRUELTY COALITION,  IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT 
 
Westchester County, NY   May 15, 2014  

Animal Defenders of Westchester (ADOW)  will be attending a Town Hall meeting being held by national organization Alley Cat Allies (ACA), on Thursday, May 15, 2014, 6-8 PM at the Riverview Restaurant, 1 Warburton Ave, to discuss the recent killing of 25 cats in Yonkers, plus the formation of a council dedicated to stopping animal abuse, and the need for more trap/neuter/release (TNR) programs here. ADOW will be serving on the council as well. Westchester County Executive Chief of Staff George Oros will be present to make an important announcement on this subject. The ACA's stated intention is 'to bring a new level of seriousness to this crime by inviting local dignitaries and elected officials to speak on this topic'.
 
Also in attendance will be representatives from the office of Yonkers Mayor Michael Spano,  the Yonkers Chief of Police, the district attorney, and Yonkers City Council member Corazon Pineda.  The SPCA of Westchester is trying to arrange their schedule to allow their attendance.
 
The ACA's stated goals for this meeting are:

To help the authorities identify the person(s) responsible for the mass killing of the cats in Yonkers, see them properly charged with aggravated cruelty to animals (felony level) and monitor the case through the courts.  In order to accomplish our primary goals, we also hope to:

  • create a sense of cooperation between local trappers/humane societies and rescuers and establish open lines of communication;
  • establish partnerships and rapport with local dignitaries. civil leaders and elected officials;
  • create a Westchester Cat Protection Council

Kiley Blackman, founder of ADOW, said, 'We've been working closely with Mayor Michael Spano about implementing a formal, city-assisted TNR program in Yonkers, as has been done successfully in Putnam, Yorktown and Dobbs Ferry, as well as in other areas around the country.  We want whomever is responsible for this atrocity against animals in Yonkers to be brought to justice as swiftly as possible:  The tiny innocents who suffered such pointless, sheer brutality will not be forgotten.   We also want to enable the TNR efforts of the few dedicated people who perform this difficult but necessary task, to lessen the number of victims available for any bully who enjoys harming those who can't defend themselves.'

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