Sent to me. An affirmation of my previous analysis.
Ed Boks loves to say he's the "biggest" or the "best" even though it's never true. Finally, Boks has indeed set a record. In August 2007 more animals died in the shelter from illness and injury than during any other month in the history of Animal Services. The previous August, 130 animals died in their cages, but this year a whopping 812 died in their cage. Six times as many died from illness and injury under the "care" of Ed Boks.
In the category of other animals, 670 died in August of this year compared to 65 last year, also under Boks. The year before Boks, in August, 36 died.
In 2005 before Boks arrived the total dying in the shelter was only 1,150. During Boks' first year 2006 the number dying doubled to 2,075. In the last 12 months 3,059 animals died in their cages. The number of animals dying in their cage has now tripled under his mismanagement. The number dying had been going down for years as intake was going down.
Intake is down this year, yet total animals dying has increased three fold! This is animal cruelty and neglect.
Why are more animals dying? One reason is overcrowding. Boks is putting more animals in each cage so he doesn't have to euthanize them. He puts three pit bulls in one kennel and only has to euthanize one because the one pitbull killed the other two. The Animal Cruelty Task Force busts people for dog fighting. Maybe they just take a look in the shelters. There are more dog fights in the shelter than in the rest of the City.
Euthanasia in the shelter in 2006 did not go down. Very recently it has gone down a little. Some of this is attributed to the increase in animals dying, but most is due to Boks refusing to take in the animals most likely to be euthanized.
Let's take a look at the live release numbers. In the past 12 months there was no decrease in the number of animals leaving the shelter dead. Fewer leaving alive, just about the same number leaving dead. This is the first time ever there has been no improvement, yet Boks is telling the world he's the "biggest" and the "best" shelter in the Nation.
Boks keeps claiming that Animal People ranked LA City number five in the nation in euthanasia per 1,000 citizens. He keeps saying "The City of LA is among the top five communities in the United States with the lowest, and fastest declining, euthanasia rate."
He repeated this false claim at the press conference with the Mayor. This is completely untrue. LA City was not even included in the list! Only LA County was included in the list. Note, there is no ranking in the list and there is no mention of any shelter being the "fastest declining euthanasia rate." The list does not even include all shelters in the nation. Boks completely fabricated his own version of the report here.
Here is the actual list and article. It's a large pdf file, article is on page 18 and 19. http://www.animalpeoplenews.org/07/7/7.07.pdf
Only LA County was included in the list. Note, there is no ranking in the list and there is no mention of any shelter being the "fastest declining euthanasia rate." The list does not even include all shelters in the nation. Boks completely fabricated his own version of the report here.
Why is the City allowing Ed Boks to fabricate numbers, "rankings" and articles? Why is the City allowing Ed Boks to torture animals to death with illness and injury? Why is the Mayor backing this guy? He's going to look like a total fool when everyone realizes that he hasn't improved things at all.
Boks only claim to fame here in LA is being known as the "number one animal killer in Los Angeles." Single handedly with his overcrowding "program" he has killed an extra 2,000 animals in the past 12 months alone. In the almost two years that he's been here he's killed an extra 3,000 animals with illness and injury. What type of "NoKill" shelter manager manages to kill MORE animals? This killing has got to stop!