We all know something is very wrong with Animal Services; we have been yelling about it long enough.
It appears that Councilmember Bernard Parks wants to appear to be concerned and has asked for the real shelter numbers (It appears he may doubt the Boks' numbers) and to find out whether our allegations that shelter conditions and warehousing are contributing to the increased "death by cage" rates.
December 11, 2007
PUBLIC SAFETY MOTION
According to a recent Daily News article, the number of dogs and cats dying from sickness, injury or natural causes in Los Angeles animal shelters has more than doubled in the past year.
A city report found that in the year ending in October, animal deaths, for reasons other than euthanasia, rose from 1,462 to 3,312 - a 127% increase.
Animal shelter critics attribute the spike in kennel deaths to disease, fighting, injuries and neglect as a result of overcrowding. They also accuse the shelters of warehousing pets in a crude attempt to slow instances of euthanasia and to satisfy the City's "no-kill" mandate established in 2003.
In contrast, animal shelter officials attribute the losses to a recent effort to save animals with serious maladies or older pets that in previous years would have been euthanized.
The City is now completing a $160 million makeover of its seven shelters. With the large amount of funding being invested in animal shelters, the City needs to address the increasing number of animal deaths in City animal shelters.
I THEREFORE MOVE that the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) and the Chief Legislative Analyst (CLA) report on the increase of animal deaths at City animal shelters; such eport to include, but not limited, to the following:
Reconciling the various reports dealing with the cause of animal deaths in Los Angeles animal shelters;
. Reporting on the feasibility of obtaining access to recent statistics on all impounded animals, their health status, treatment and disposition; and
. Providing an objective analysis as to the issues raised, and possible solutions to the issue of animal deaths in City animal shelters.
Councilmember, Eighth District
Sounds good, doesn't it? But where will the CAO and CLA get their numbers, from Ed Boks maybe?
I hope somebody petitions both these persons to involve the animal community when they look at our allegations and our analyses of Boks' numbers. Most of us have stopped because the numbers get more and more bizarre.
Even then don't hold your breath. After I complained to the Supervisors about Mayeda in August, they sent me Mayeda's response in the form of a letter wherein she repeated her lies. One of the Supervisors even sent her back a note saying, "Good letter!"
If Parks is serious, he will name one of Boks' critics as an observer of the investigative process. If Parks is serious and wants to run for Mayor, what better an issue to pick than Villaraigosa backs boobs because he is one. He could also take a crack at Bratton about the Animal Cruelty Task Force.