Checking Boks 2007 statistical summary, he claims a 9% reduction in killing, about 4,200.
Because Died in Shelter from fighting and disease was up 650, the real reduction in death was 3,550.
How did he do this?
Kittens and Pit Bulls disappeared!
These are the cat and dog categories where the highest euthanasia rates occur.
According to the statistics, they just stopped coming into the shelter after April at anyway near historical records or trends.
Even while the overall impound numbers dropped only 1%,
neonatal kitten impounds dropped by 33%, the most incredible drop in the history of LAAS!
Pit Bull impounds dropped 16%, the most incredible drop in the history of LAAS!
Unweaned Pit Bulls dropped 22%, the most incredible drop in the history of LAAS!
These "disappeared" animals account for 92% of the decreased euthanasia numbers claimed by Boks.
What do I mean "disappeared?"
First, 2007 was a bumper kitten season. No other shelter system in the area claimed even a 5% drop in cat impounds. They don't break it down into kitten vs. adults so the comparison is not complete. Yet, Animal Services impounded 33% fewer, 2,400!
Either they were refused or they were taken to the back room and euthanized immediately, or possibly given over to rescues or the public before being impounded.
There is NO OTHER EXPLANATION. Boks does not even try to explain it, even though this is the beginning and end of his alleged success. Could it be that it rained kittens and pits all around Southern California but not in LA city itself? I think not..
The real world just doesn't work this way.
The same holds true for pit bulls and pit bull puppies.
92% of Boks success is not explained.
He says the foster program, but that only explains 2.5% of the decrease in killing.
He says increased adoptions, but adoptions were up by only 2.4%.
New Hope? New Hope adoptions were down 3.5%.
So why were kittens and pit bulls down an unprecedented number? Fate? Kismet? Chance?
Dogs impounds actually went up 7%.
Where did the kittens and pit bulls disappear to? Where did the 3,300 animals go?
Please tell us this Mr. Boks.