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L.A. Mayoral Candidates Weigh In On Animal Rights

NORTH HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (KTLA) — Several candidates running for mayor of Los Angeles gathered at the Beverly Garland Hotel in North Hollywood on Sunday to discuss animal rights.

Animal advocates at the event said the issue is important because cruelty to animals is a sign of deep violent tendencies.

“My campaign is about giving a voice to the voiceless, and that includes animals,” said Emanuel Pleitez.

More than 50,000 cats and dogs were euthanized in L.A. county animal shelters in 2009.

Housing unwanted pets costs the state of California $250 million every year.

“I want us to go through a 100% no kill policy here in the city of Los Angeles,” said L.A. Councilwoman Jan Perry.