Elections not only affect the quality of life for the human residents of this great nation, but also for our four-legged companions. Electing pro-animal welfare candidates is the only way to assure laws are in place that protect animals and punish animal abusers.
In 2008, San Bernardino County Third District residents elected Neil Derry to represent them on the board of supervisors. Derry has been the only animal welfare advocate on the board in recent memory. He introduced a mandatory spay and neuter ordinance early in his term. More recently he pushed through an animal oversight commission to address concerns with San Bernardino County Animal Control policies and procedures.
On Nov. 6, 2012, Third District voters chose to replace Derry with James Ramos, the former chairman of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians. Derry’s departure leaves the animals of San Bernardino County without an advocate.
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