Mary Cummins Animal Advocates Los Angeles California Wildlife Rehabilitation Real Estate

Monday, October 20, 2014

Mary Cummins Animal Advocates Los Angeles, California Wildlife Rehabilitation

Opossum, possum, Mary Cummins, Animal Advocates, Los Angeles, California
Arrest made in Santa Cruz pizzeria perished possum case

POSTED: 12:35 PM PDT Oct 10, 2014

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. -
Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter officials say a 31-year-old man has been arrested in connection with an opossum that died after being doused with bleach at a pizzeria.

The animal shelter has been investigating a report that an employee at South Beach Pizza in Santa Cruz poured bleach on the marsupial last weekend.

A fellow employee brought the baby animal to a wildlife rescue center for treatment but it later died, officials said.

Alan Thomas Rockwood of Santa Cruz was charged on Thursday with one count of cruelty to animals, and later released. Animal shelter officials say Rockwood confessed to pouring bleach on the animal on Oct. 4.

Officials say Rockwood allegedly poured bleach on it in an attempt to kill it after it became trapped in a trashcan outside the Beach Street business.

A necropsy was conducted at the Animal Shelter and a veterinarian determined the animal died of pneumonia. The animals’ lungs were sent for microscopic examination of the tissue to find evidence of bleach. The toxicology report is pending.

Please, send an email to  Bob Lee, District Attorney, County of Santa Cruz to let them know you want this person prosecuted. Use the info below or use their online form here
https://datinternet.co.santa-cruz.ca.us/index.php/contactusquick

701 Ocean Street, Rm. 200
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

E-mail:  dao@co.santa-cruz.ca.us
Telephone:  (831) 454-2400

Here's a sample email. Feel free to personalize it.

"I deeply care about our native wildlife and will always stand up for their proper treatment. I urge you to prosecute this opossum killer to the fullest extent of the law.

Many people don't understand wildlife behavior and kill innocent animals due to unfounded fears. Opossums are shy creatures with few defenses. The baby opossum in this case was trapped in a trashcan and doused with full-concentration bleach, which is extremely toxic.

Fortunately, the Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter arrested the employee responsible for pouring bleach on the opossum. Now, I'm asking you to prosecute this wildlife killer and push for the maximum sentence possible. I don't want this baby opossum to have died in vain. I'm counting on you to do the right thing and uphold the law to send a strong message against animal cruelty."

Mary Cummins of Animal Advocates is a wildlife rehabilitator licensed by the California Department of Fish and Game and the USDAMary Cummins is also a licensed real estate appraiser in Los Angeles, California.

Mary Cummins of Animal Advocates is a wildlife rehabilitator licensed by the California Department of Fish and Game and the USDA. Mary Cummins is also a licensed real estate appraiser in Los Angeles, California.


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