Southside couple Jefferson Shreve and his wife Mary are with their dog, Shelby. The Shreves have donated vigorously to support animal care throughout the area, including Friends of Indianapolis Animals and Rosie’s Southside Animal Shelter plus more. The Republican Mayoral candidate in Indianapolis, Shreve has vowed to donate his salary as mayor to Indianapolis Animal Care Services.
During a news conference earlier this month, Jefferson Shreve pledged to donate his salary as mayor to the Indianapolis Animal Care Services.
Shreve, the Republican mayoral challenger, professed his love for animals with that vow at the proposed site of a new animal shelter.
He continued to attack the administration of incumbent Democrat Joe Hogsett. This time to improve the issue of animal care and treatment through the IACS.
Shreve, who also grew up on the Southside, and his wife Mary have donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to the animal welfare community, including Friends of Indianapolis Animals, Rosie’s Southside Animal Shelter, Friends of Indianapolis Outdoors and other domestic animal causes.
“The shelter is in dire condition,” Shreve stated, “The fault lies with Mayor Hogsett and the blind eye he’s turned for seven and a half years. It’s time to turn this around, and it will take a change in leadership at the top. Eight years is enough.”
Shreve also charged that Hogsett’s goal of a completed shelter by the end of this year has had no meaningful progress. Shreve pointed out that he may choose a different site for IACS. He proposes that the IACS become a no-kill shelter, hire additional veterinarians, raise IACS staff salaries, partner with an organization to cremate animals, and create an animal welfare advisory coalition.
A few days later, Shreve supported leaders of the Indiana State Police and Indianapolis Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) in their plea for a complete review and overhaul of the criminal justice system in Marion County.
“Our prosecutors and judges have a duty to help keep violent offenders off our streets. But it’s not happening,” Shreve stated in a news release. “As mayor, I have vowed to restore transparency into every aspect of our city’s public safety — including the actions of police, prosecutors, and criminal court justices — publicly and online. And I fully support a thorough review of our city’s criminal justice system.”
Shreve restated his public safety plan to appoint a public safety director, hire 300 Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officers, implement an aggressive strategy to combat gun violence, and get violent offenders off our street by solving cases of violent crime and convicting the guilty parties.
Shreve is on a history-making campaign to become the first mayor from the Southside and first with previous experience on the governing City-County Council.