A commenter's post below deserves its own post. Mason was a piker compared to Boks who oversees the well being of over 50,000 animals a year. I'll bet Mason spent a lot more per animal on medical care, food and housing than did Animal Services and probably had a much lower death rate:
"Here are numbers for ALL animals that died on their own in the shelter from illness and injury:
ALMOST THREE TIMES AS MANY ANIMALS HAVE DIED FROM NEGLECT AND CRUELTY CAUSED FROM OVERCROWDING AND LACK OF CARE!!!No wonder euthanasia in 2007 is down when you just let animals die.
Here are bunnies that were euthanized:
Almost four times as many bunnies were euthanized since Boks got here.
Here are others that died from lack of care in the shelter:
06/07 1984 !!!
Intake is down yet animals dying is up!
04/05 5% died
05/06 8% died
06/07 25% died!!!
Heaven forbid you lose your bird or other pet, it has a 25% chance of dying in the shelter before you can find it. Some of these animals dying are lost pets. Mayor Bloomberg fired Boks when he did this in New York, yet our Mayor Villaraigosa thinks that allowing animals to die of illness and injury in the shelter is fine. That's animal cruelty. Our City is committing animal cruelty. This is a criminal act."
Here is another comment that deserves it own posting:
"Kitten intake in all other surrounding shelters was up this year, yet it was down in LA City by 40%. That's no anomaly. That's Boks fudging the numbers.
He did the same thing in Arizona and New York. He refused kittens and feral cats, voila, euthanasia is down. Did he save those animals? No. They just ended up on the street. Now he's trying to blame the high number of animals dying in the shelter on the bottle baby fosters. Most of the cats/dogs that died in the shelter were adult cats that died in the shelter, not with fosters. Boks would blame the deaths on Mother Teresa if she were alive. He's that shameless.
Those animals died from disease, lack of medical care because of Boks' overcrowding and lack of vets. Here are Brad Jensen's charts charts Look at the increase in cat/dog death. The increase for others is much, much higher.
THREE TIMES AS MANY ANIMALS ARE DYING UNDER BOKS' CARE!
ONE THIRD OF ALL ANIMALS IN ALL CITY SHELTERS DIED IN TWO WEEKS IN AUGUST AND SEPTEMBER OF THIS YEAR!
That is gross mismanagement but no one cares here in LA. When Boks did this in New York he was fired. If you or I let our animal die from disease, we'd be busted like Mason and in jail. Mason's animals weren't even dying. Some had a cold, one had a limp, one was just old. Boks has committed gross animal cruelty and neglect."