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Rio Rancho Council Considers
Helping Animal Abusers Profit

Proposals aim to repeal ban on the sale of dogs and cats
in pet stores AND to allow circuses with extreme animal welfare violations

Today, Wednesday, October 10, at 6:30 p.m. the City of Rio Rancho will consider reversing its landmark animal ordinance, passed only last year, in favor of allowing businesses to profit from sordid animal abuse.

Councilors Lonnie Clayton and Timothy Crum propose to repeal last year’s compassionate ban on selling cats and dogs in pet stores. They also propose to remove even the most basic requirements for daily removal of animal waste from cages, daily observation of animals for signs of disease, injury and distress, and providing animals with veterinary care in a timely manner if needed.

Councilor Clayton goes on to propose the same scrapping of operational standards for any type of animal business - from boarding kennels to hobby breeders to pet day care centers.

Rio Rancho’s Council will also consider a proposal by Clayton to remove the exact provisions that prohibited the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey circus from performing in Rio Rancho earlier this year due to the circus’ hideous record of animal abuse. If this proposal passes, it will not matter that Ringling Bros. paid $270,000 in fines to the USDA for numerous documented federal violations of cruelty and neglect – the largest civil penalty ever assessed against an animal exhibitor under the Animal Welfare Act.

Your voice is needed now!

Rio Rancho City Councilors must hear how residents feel about tossing aside the most compassionate parts of the city’s current animal ordinance.

1. Please send a polite e-mail to the Rio Rancho Mayor and City Council TODAY.
Urge them not to reverse their landmark humane ordinance passed last year. Tell them to honor the collaborative public process, and 18 months of work by the Rio Rancho Animal Welfare Task Force that produced that ordinance.

Urge them to refuse to support the cruelty and abuse of puppy and kitten mills that supply pet stores.  Tell them you expect city officials to make informed decisions that affect the community in positive, not negative ways. Tell them to encourage pet stores to adopt humane business models and work with shelters and rescue groups to place homeless animals.

Urge them to refuse to support cruel forms of entertainment by easing provisions for live animal exhibitions. Let them know that all residents of New Mexico deserve better forms of entertainment than cruel and abusive circuses.

Click here for contact form to write the Rio Rancho Mayor and City Council -- please make your voice heard!

Don't reverse landmark humane ordinance

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[Below is a pre-written letter, but your OWN voice will have more impact!]

2. Another extremely important way you can help:
Attend the Rio Rancho Council Meeting, 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, October 10th at Rio Rancho City Hall, 3200 Civic Center Circle in Rio Rancho.  Arrive early to sign up for public comment. Click here for directions.

3. Forward this message to your family and friends, especially those in Rio Rancho.
Thank you for making sure animals matter in New Mexico!

City of Rio Rancho website – click for October 10 meeting agenda to read the full ordinance proposal.

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