Mike Bell, little devil he is, passed on my email where I challenged Boks' claim that LAAS was the largest adoption agency in the country, to Marcia Mayeda, who heads the county's much larger shelter system. She just made this press announcement to set Boks and the Mayor straight.
Marcia is no slouch; she did the last three fiscal years and beat Boks heads down on all by all measures.
Marcia did not mention that the county slaughters 250% as many animals as LAAS. Nor, like Boks, explain all the elements of her claim.
PRESS RELEASE - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASECONTACT: Marcia Mayeda, Director, 562-728-4610
Yesterday, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announced that the City of LosAngeles’ Department of Animal Services is the largest animal adoption agency in the United States.This claim is inaccurate. The County of Los Angeles’ Department ofAnimal Care places more animals each year than the City of Los Angeles.
The City of Los Angeles placed 25,279 animals last year, compared to 28,309 animals placed by the County. In the 2005-06 fiscal year, theCity placed 24,515 animals compared to 27,670 for the County. In theyear prior to that, the City placed 24,190 animals and the County placed 28,203.
The County of Los Angeles’ Department of Animal Care and Control is the largest animal control agency in the country, serving all unincorporated Los Angeles County as well as 51 contract cities.
“Our staff and volunteers work diligently to place abandoned animals into new, loving homes” stated County of Los Angeles Director MarciaMayeda. “They should be recognized and congratulated for their effortsthat lead the nation in the numbers of animals adopted”.