For Immediate Release

FRESNO , CA (January 6, 2006) – Councilmember Tom Boyajian’s Office, the City of Fresno and the Central California Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals are taking a stand against individuals who train their dogs to become vicious. These individuals use tactics like, but not limited to: putting gun powder in the dog’s food, hitting the dog with raw chicken bones and using smaller animals, puppies and kittens as “bait” to encourage the dog to attack.

California Penal Code Section 597.5 makes it a felony for anyone who “owns, possesses, keeps, or trains any dog, with the intent that the dog shall be engaged in an exhibition or fighting.” It also makes it a felony for any person who uses a dog to fight with another dog for amusement or gain.

Your assistance is necessary to encourage and inform all constituents that they can report this anonymously. If they suspect this type of behavior, they can call the SPCA at 559-233-7722, or the City of Fresno’s One Call Center next month when it comes online. The One Call Center will then relay the information to the Fresno Police Department and the SPCA.

On January 24 th the Fresno City Council will discuss adopting ordinances regarding dangerous dogs. Everyone is encouraged to attend and speak.

For more information feel free to contact Sevag Tateosian at Councilmember Tom Boyajian’s office at 559- 621-7814.

Andrew T. Souza , City Manager
Contact: Sevag Tateosian, Council Assistant: 621-7814

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