County Returned to Owner: 8%!

Protest at Carson Shelter, Saturday, March 1 from 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM.

"Out of 73,962 cats and dogs handled by the Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control during the 12 months ending March 2007 only 8% were returned to owners. Most (60%) were killed while some were adopted and even fewer were saved by rescue groups. So if your pet ever ends up in a Los Angeles County shelter, do you and your family really want to risk never seeing them again?

"Spay and neuter, license and microchip your pets and demand that the Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control abide by California State Laws that help protect our pets."

How is this? "New Hope" rescues 4% compared to LAAS 14%!!

County Euthanasia compared with Boks' figures for LAAS of 34%. Real kill rate for LAAS? Who knows, but probably around 39%.

County Returned to Owner, 8%, with LAAS at 9%.

I think the protesters pointed at the wrong number. With rescues less than 1/3 LAAS and killing about 50% more, I would point to the latter.

Live save rate for County: 37%;

Live save for LAAS: 53% (real as opposed to Boks' figures), or about 50% better than County.

AND, we consider LAAS as a failure. How much worse does that make County?


Anonymous said...

"nuff said, the numbers speak for themselves.

BJensen said...

Ed, the focus is on 92% of ALL cats and dogs entering LA County shelters are never returned to their owners. The burden should not be placed entirely on LA County Animal Care and Control. If more people would license then ideally more cats and dogs would be Returned to Owners. Microchips would help too IF we knew for certain animals are scanned properly and that the scanners are universal and actually work.

Brad Jensen
Cypress, CA

Ed Muzika said...


It is very clear that the focus of the email I posted was an attack on the competence of Mayeda's system, not on chipping, collars, and the public doing their share. It is clearly an attack.

If they are going to attack they ought to go after their rescue and euth numbers.

County is little different from City when it comes to RTO.