Target: Raul Maldonado, Palmdale School District Superintendent
Goal: Demand that a public school administrator charged with animal cruelty be placed on unpaid leave
A Palmdale County School Administrator and her boyfriend have been charged with four felony counts of dog fighting, 17 felony counts of cruelty to an animal and one felony count of child abuse. Yet, she remains on paid administrative leave despite these heinous revelations. Protest the use of taxpayer money to support the legal defense of an effusive animal abuser and demand she be put on unpaid administrative leave.
Los Angeles County Animal Care and Control Officers found a horse roaming the streets of Palmdale on Oct. 29, 2014. The horse was found to belong to Pauline Winbush and her boyfriend, Kevin Ray Williams, and its apparent abandonment resulted in a further search of the couple’s home. This search revealed 19 pit bulls with wounds indicating evidence of dog fighting being kept in crates filled with feces and urine. In addition to this animal abuse, the crates were kept inside the house where a young child lived. The dogs were recovered from the home, but had to be euthanized due to their poor condition, according to L.A. County Deputy District Attorney Lyle Riggs.
Currently employed as the Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources for Palmdale School District, the fourth-largest district in California with 22,000 students, Winbush has been placed on paid administrative leave. Because the crimes the couple have been charged with are so egregious, we demand that she be appropriately put on unpaid administrative leave and if she is found guilty, that she be fired immediately. Sign the petition below to urge the Palmdale Superintendent to relieve the taxpayers of financially supporting Winbush.
Dear Mr. Maldonado,
Recently you have had to place your Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources on paid administrative leave. As you might imagine, animal rights activists nationwide are appalled at the extent of her alleged crimes. This also comes as a shock to most readers considering her position in the County School District, typically an occupation that requires compassion for defenseless living things.
I surmise that you might have placed Pauline Winbush on paid administrative leave until the criminal proceedings reach an outcome and warrant a different response. However, I must implore to you change this decision and put Winbush on unpaid administrative leave. Absent the 22 felony convictions, Winbush has already committed seven L.A. County code violations including unsanitary conditions and failing to license and vaccinate the dogs.
Taxpayers should not have to continue to pay the salary of someone who has committed such horrific acts against another living creature. Please place Ms. Winbush on unpaid administrative leave immediately.
[Your Name Here]
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