Today Ed Boks has snatched victory from the jaws of defeat. See his blog post:
Listen to this, although Boks admits there has been a 37.4% increase in euthanasia during the first seven months of this year compared to last (10,217 compared to 7,437 last year),
he says LA is now at 95% No-Kill!!!!!!
How does he do this? Like all the other No-kill phonies, he lowers the criteria for No-Kill as does Mayeda.
He says as of now, only 5% of impounded healthy animals are killed (Phase I), so we are 95% No-Kill (Phase I), all the rest of the 17,000 going on 19,000 animals killed are unhealthy, vicious, untreatable, etc.
That means he is saying that almost 40% of all animals impounded are unhealthy, have behavioral problems, are vicious, etc.
No one in the world but Boks and Mayeda would claim that 40% of the animals entering their shelters are sick or "unsound."
In his blog, Boks is responding to a letter circulating on the Internet. Rumor says it was written by Laura Beth Heisen. In this letter she accurately summarizes what a lot of us think about Boks, his plans and his promises.
The letter and his responses make the best reading since Dickens’ Tale of Two Cities.
“The recent increase in animal impounds has led to an increase in the number of animals euthanized. This is the first increase in pet euthanasia in the past six years. The Department successfully reduced pet euthanasia over 50% in the past six years, and 22% in 2007. YTD 2008 has seen a 37.38% increase in euthanasia (10,217) compared to 2007 YTD (7,437). However, when the numbers are normalized to account for the increase in impounds, the euthanasia rate is up only 3.49%.”
(My comment: This means killing is going up faster than impounds, or better said, things are getting worse, fast.)
”So, what does that mean to achieving No-Kill?
”Phase I of No-Kill is achieved when no healthy animal is killed due to a lack of space or resources.”
”Phase II is achieved when we end the killing of animals in need of medical treatment.
”YTD 118 cats and 384 dogs were killed due to insufficient holding space and/or resources. These healthy pets represent the challenge to achieving Phase I of the City’s “No-Kill” Goal.”
(Comment: That is, Ed is saying only 502 out of the 10,217 killed so far this year were healthy. All the rest were sick, viscious, had behavior problems, etc.)
”YTD, the Department is over 95% on its way to achieving Phase I of No-Kill."
Then Ed makes a little joke when he says,
”The Department has always welcomed and invited the closest scrutiny to how these numbers are collected and reported. To date, no one has taken us up on our invitation.”