According to the City Budget, in 2007-2008, various LAAS S/N programs caused about 46,000 sterilization surgeries. There is no information about mortality rates at contractors such as Porter Pet or Noreda. This fiscal year is estimated to produce 49,000 S/N surgeries, which is almost double the 2003 rate.
Notice that though 2007-08 S/N surgeries were at an all-time high, this year the number of impounds has increased dramatically, and may equal the catastrophic 2003 numbers.
Lesson? S/N surgeries are not the panacea EVERYONE assumes.
Impounds are up dramatically this year. Why?
Boks claims it is due to increased foreclosures but cannot prove it.
Far more likely is that Boks' policy of turning away owner turn-ins and decreased field impounds means more unsterilized cats and dogs were on the streets and in homes, which has generated the bumper crop of animals we see as impounds today.
That is, in an effort to make his numbers look good for the past 2 years, especially refusing kittens between May and October of last year, has caused the extraordinary increase in impounds this year. Boks has created his own mess and wants to blame it on external forces rather than his own policies and management.
Unfortunately, those animals that would have been impounded and killed last year are being impounded and killed this year.
I also note that the food budget has not been restored. Feed for the animals, despite the increased number of impounds, was cut from $529,000 to $429,000. I find this disheartening. This is the only expense item other than salaries that was cut.