World rallies to support endangered wildlife center in Scottsdale

(submitted photo)

(submitted photo)

The Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center will be at the April 6 Maricopa County Board of Supervisors meeting to present members with a stunning 160,000 signatures gathered around the world over in support of the center.

The board of supervisors meeting will be held at 9:30 a.m. and the supervisors auditorium located at 205 W. Jefferson in Phoenix. The petition presentation will take place about an hour later, according to a press release.

Recently, one complaint to Maricopa County and a subsequent lawsuit by the same individual against the Scottsdale center have threatened its ability to operate. When news of this threat became public, friends of the center started an online petition via Care2, and that effort has thus far generated more than 160,000 online signatures in support, around the globe including 12,000 in Arizona.

The complaints are from a neighbor who moved next door several years ago, notwithstanding the center had been in existence for about 20 years prior to his arrival, the release stated. The center is located at 27026 N. 156th St. in Scottsdale.

On Wednesday April 6 during the public comment portion of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors meeting, SWCC Executive Director Linda Searles will present the board with signatures of support. Ms. Searles will be joined by Richelle Fatheree, a nearby resident who started the petition. They will be accompanied by “Frankie,” a de-scented skunk, and “Moccasin,” a horned owl.

The Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center rescues native wild animals that have lost their homes to development, or are found injured, orphaned, or abandoned.  When possible, the animals in are rehabilitated and released — healthy and wild — back where they belong. Those animals that could not survive in the wild can live out their lives at the center’s accredited sanctuary.  They don’t buy, breed, sell or trade animals, nor are the animals for hire or used for commercial purposes, the release stated.

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