In February I posted that LAAS may have violated the Hayden Act by killing 1,155 healthy animals within the first four days of holding, which was prohibited by the Hayden Act.
Boks responded in Rumor vs. Truth # 3, that of the 809 cats listed as healthy and killed within 4 days, 453 were either sick or suffering and were killed that first day or in the next four days. With dogs, 276 of the 346 healthy dogs killed, were relisted as sick or suffering and then killed. That is, over 60% of healthy cats and dogs were killed because their status changed within the day of impound or soon after. Most of the others killed were neonates.
The charge came in today that Boks was having NYC personnel go in and change the condition of animals when Boks was in NY, then euthanizing them.
I think someone should take a close look at the total records of the 1,145 animals listed as healthy on intake to see how, when and why they went from being healthy, to unhealthy or suffering. Boks says there are photographs of the treatment records that would validate that the animals were sick (Some with an infectious disease) or suffering. I am not sure, but it appears he said there also were photos of the animals.
The allegation today:
“Boks did the exact same thing in NY.
The animal would come in and they'd give it a health rating, 1-5. I think "1" was healthy.
Anyway the animal would get sick in the shelter. Boks wanted the techs to change the initial rating of "healthy" to "unhealthy" so he could say all the animals he killed were sick and came in sick.
I can't believe he said "very few healthy animals are killed." So 38% of all animals that come into the shelter are unhealthy? Bullshit.”
ACTUALLY, THE NUMBER IS 56% FOR CATS AND 79% FOR DOGS.!!
From Rumor vs. Truth #3:
RECORDS OF CATS
For the period of January 1, 2006, through December 1, 2006, records for 809 cats had the Intake condition as Apparently Healthy, but were shown as Euthanized within four or less days.
Summary of Findings
10 Euthanized by Private Vet After Exam Strays sent on AFE same or next day
2 Behavior - Biting –
Owner Surrendered and Requested Euthanasia Euthanized same day 23
Feral, Euthanized on fourth day, i.e. after third day, as permitted by law (see below)
Most were strays, some were Owner Surrender
103 Irremediably suffering (Selection of Apparently Healthy was done with only superficial visual check.)
353 Medical condition (many due to infectious nature of illness)
Selection of Apparently Healthy was done with only superficial visual check 1 Shown in Subtype as Time/Space reasons, but examination of the Medical Treatment form (confirmed by photo) showed sick, (or) unweaned kitten.
Evident error in completion of Euthanasia portion of kennel record
317 Unweaned Majority show multiple number series (2-5 sequential numbers) and came in between April and July
As an observation, after reviewing several hundred kennel records, there is a pattern in regard to cats as coming in cages and boxes, and often photographed that way, which render it believable that in passing an animal could be deemed apparently healthy, but found sick when the Veterinary Technician tries to pull the animal out of the box or cage.
Unweaned kittens were often shown as Apparently Healthy, which is likely the case, but were recorded as unweaned in other classification fields. Without sufficient rescues or foster volunteers, unweaned simply cannot be sustained, and it is inhumane to allow them to fail through lack of nursing.
Well, Boks said there are photographs of the medical treatment records, that confirm that hundreds of healthy animals were not and were then killed.
Let us see the records and the photos!