Comment on my Jones post below:
The City can't even hire vets for the shelters. How could they possibly recruit spayneuter vets? I believe they had hired a vet for the clinic a while back but he quit. Remember, they were going to open the SLA spayneuter clinic two years ago I think, but it never panned out.
Let's look at the math again. $320,000 for a vet and probably vet tech, receptionist to run the clinic. Vet $100,000, vet tech $48,000, receptionist $30,000. That's $180,000 just for salaries.
You still have to pay for supplies, phone, insurance... They could easily be at $250,000 for the Dept to run the clinic on their own. And what if the vet quits? The clinic shuts down. While I do think the vet is getting a great deal, this is probably the only way the dept can get the clinic up and running right now. Maybe in a few years they can renegotiate.
What the commenter is not saying, is that the City does not even get ONE free spay/neuter out of this deal even after paying him a third of a million dollars a year. They have set Jones up in a private practice on City property and he charges the City like any other private client. Also, the contract says Jones can come or go any time he wants. There is nothing said about how many spay/neuters he is to do a year, either for the public or LAAS, or limitations placed on non-spay/neuter services.
THIS IS NOT A SITUATION THAT BENEFITS THE TAXPAYING PUBLIC OR LAAS IN ANY WAY OTHER THAT TO ALLOW BOKS TO SAY HE GOT A SPAY/NEUTER CLINIC RUNNING. THE ONLY BENEFIT LAAS GETS IS A 7% REDUCTION IN SPAY/NEUTER CHARGES, WHICH MAY BE ENOUGH TO PAY FOR AN EXTRA 400 SPAY/NEUTERS A YEAR AFTER PAYING FULL FEE ON 5,000. MAYBE. THIS IS PURE BOKS PR.
The $320,000 could buy 5,000 free surgeries for the public with $60 certificates; some vets take them as full fee (Noreda in Northridge and the Value Vets). As it is, Jones get the $320,000 and we, and the public, pay him almost full fee for spay neuters in addition. I wonder if Jones wants to go public; I'd like to buy stock in his government subsidized private practice.