Aug. 16, 2012
The city’s Animal Cruelty Task Force, created in response to the recent discovery of dead animals on private land near 15th and Southern avenues, is up and running with an aggressive agenda and timeframe. The Task Force, seated by Mayor Greg Stanton, is co-chaired by Councilwoman Thelda Williams and Councilman Michael Nowakowski.
“We have gathered together a group of passionate community leaders, local business owners and animal welfare experts to create a system that will ensure the safety and well-being of all animal residents of our city and state,” said Councilwoman Williams.
“Our timeline is aggressive and we expect a system in place by the end of December,” said Councilman Nowakowski. “The plan includes a comprehensive public awareness campaign, providing first responder training and tool kits, and introducing legislative changes.”
Task Force members include: State Representative Kate Brophy McGee; Andrea Katsenes, Cox Communications; Chris West, Arizona Human Society; Diane Simonian, community member; Joey Ogburn, Project Angel Eyes; John Tutelman, deputy city prosecutor; Kari Nienstedt, Human Society of the United States; Shelley MacDonald, community member; Commander Tim Hampton, Phoenix Police Department.
The Task Force is generating donations of money and supplies, creating marketing materials, including a public service announcement, and identifying other partner agencies and individuals to support this mission.