Several dozen people turned up to demonstrate in front of Baytown City Hall this evening, speaking out against animal cruelty at the local Animal Control facility. The common refrain: “We want change!” The “Peaceful Protest for Shelter Reform” was organized by Concerned Citizens for Change at Baytown Animal Control in order to make their message heard.

A protester at Baytown City Hall displays a sign reading, "Baytown Let's Save Lives". Image source: Fox 26 News.
A protester at Baytown City Hall displays a sign reading, “Baytown Let’s Save Lives. Make Adoption Your Only Option”. Image source: ““Angry Baytown residents protest shelter amid animal cruelty allegations.” Fox 26 News. July 23, 2015.

Fox 26 News was on the scene. Reporter Randy Wallace shared this video on facebook:

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“Dozens of Baytown residents hold protest after only on fox report about alleged animal cruelty at animal shelter”

Some signs displayed by those gathered read, “A Voice for the Voiceless”, “Every Life Matters”, “Animals Feel Pain”, “We Stand Against Cruelty”, and “Rescues to the Rescue!!” Another said, “We Hate 92% Feline Kill Rate!”

The full story and video can be found at this link.

Concerned Citizens for Change has also published an open message to Baytown City Council, which calls for “proactive planning and action” and was originally prepared as a speech to be presented at the City Council meeting. Group members addressed the council on July 9th but were denied their request to speak at tonight’s meeting. The letter notes that council members toured the municipal shelter facility yesterday, but were required to provide a 72 hour notice before doing so.

Group leaders were recorded speaking to supporters tonight, saying “We will continue to push forward. We’re not going to go away.”

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“Two of the leaders of our group speaking out to the supporters that attended tonight’s protest in support of shelter reform!” Posted by Concerned Citizens for Change at Baytown Animal Control on Thursday, July 23, 2015

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