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Javier Pedroza Garcia Dear Avalon Community I just wanted to sincerely thank every single person during this hard time in my life. Whether it was with the won- derful Quermes, the GoFundMe page, a lovely card, a hug, a smile I am so honored to live in a com- munity where 1 am loved. The greatest comfort during our sorrow was the sympathy of this community. Whatever you did to console me and my fam- ily's hearts, I truly appreciate it. Your pet can be featured in the Catalina Islander] Heres how to do it! Send submissions to editor@ or drop them by our office at 635 Crescent Avenue Suite A, Avalon, CA 90704.Please include your pet's photo, name, age and breed. Also include your pet's city of residence and a phone number in case we have questions. Only one picture per pet will be published. It has meant the world to me. It is deeply appreciated and will always be remembered. Please join us for my son Javier Pedroza Garcia's Celebration of Life this Saturday, May 6 at the Avalon Community Church at 2 p.m. Join us after at 4 p.m. at Tremont Hall for a celebration to share stories and remember a life lived to the fullest. Pit Bulls to be spayed or neutered and FrOm page 5. "require the muzzling of dogs in areas where dogs are only allowed to pass through on leashes." require dogs to be muzzled when Cassidy said she would vote for they come off boats in Avalon, "the urgency ordinance, but said Councilwoman Cinde MacGugan- Cassidy called for a marketing campaign to make residents and visitors aware of the new rules. Although she voted for the urgen- cy ordinance, she said she was not in favor of calling out one breed. Dog attack under criminal investigation Last week, Capt. John Hocking, commander of the Avalon Sheriff's Station, said the Sheriff's Department is conduct- ing a criminal investigation of the dog attack. When the investiga- tion is complete, the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office will determine if the case will be pros- ecuted. According to Campbell's staff report to the City Council, the two larger dogs apparently had a prior history of attacks. On April 18, two 120-pound American bull terriersmone of the breeds collectively referred to as "pit bulls"--attacked Jack Russell terrier named Josh. His owner John Brady covered the dog to protect him. As a result, Brady suffered severe injuries to his arms and one of his legs. American bull terriers are one of several breeds collectively referred to as "pit bulls." Brady's daughter Brooke Brady has launched a Go Fund Me campaign to raise money to pay his medical bills and the cost of the emergency flight to the mainland. According to a recent update on the Go Fund Me page, Brady and Josh have both had their stiches removed. Brady is expected to speak with a special- ist to determine when he can begin receiving skin grafts. Josh is recovering physically but is now. afraid of other dogs. Urgency ordinance According to the staff report by Campbell, the ordinances would identify dangerous dogs, restrict ownership of potentially danger- Warmly, ous.dogs, establish stricter regula- tions for transporting potentially Marieela Gareia and Family dangerous dogs, require pit bulls arijuana is . 3-7 ttl'nes ore potent today than it was in 7995" Sponsored by Catatina CHOICES - wv~t.catnBnach~ices.o~ Source study by M.~ DSoh~/ Ph.D - BioiogicaJ Psychiatry 2o~ (3|0) 510-2550 301 and ID25 CreJcent ilvenue the city needed to do an outreach to the community as well as boat- ers bringing dogs to the Island. However, some members of the community did not support the new law's breed-specific focus of the spaying and neutering pro- gram. Michael Ponce, a former coun- cil member, said, "Any dog can be made a vicious dog." Ponce, who grew up with pit bulls, said pit bulls are not a dangerous breed. One woman pointed out that the Staffordshire bull terrier looks very similar to "pit bulls." Councilman Joe Sampson said all dogs have the potential to bite. He said these dogs, meaning pit bulls, have the potential to kill people. Mayor Anni Marshall said the dogs would do what they were bred to do. Technically, council approved two ordinances--a temporary "urgency ordinance" that takes effect immediately and a regu- lar ordinance that must be read before two council meetings and then published before it takes effect. City Attorney Campbell explained that if the urgency ordinance is challenged in court, approving the regular version of the ordinance would still leave the new dog law on the books. That means the dog ordinance will return to the next council meeting.- The urgency ordinance passed by a vote of 4-5, with Marshall dissenting. The regular ordinance passed on the first reading by a vote of 3-2, with Marshall and Cassidy dissenting. Marshall told the Islander that she cast the dis- senting vote because she would prefer to promote spaying a neu- tering of all breeds of dog, not just one. The website for John Brady's fundraiser is https'//www.gofund- my-dads'-dog. clinic )ointment at CIMC. O GE COAST ce . er S.O.S. PLUMBING Leaks, Clogs, Heating Local References Appliance Installation Serving Avalon Since 1975 THE CATALINA ISLANDER Friday, April 28, 2017 ] 5