Vouchers Back; Zine Does Not Relent

Department head Ed Boks reverses his decision to suspend the program for low-income pet owners, a move that prompts more criticism of his management.
By Carla Hall 
March 26, 2009

The Los Angeles Department of Animal Services has reinstated its program to give low-income residents vouchers for free spaying and neutering of their pets, the department's general manager, Ed Boks, announced Wednesday. 

But Boks' reversal of his decision to suspend the program two weeks ago, which prompted an outcry from animal welfare advocates and members of the Los Angeles City Council, did not placate one council member who is suggesting he resign. 

"I think it's time for Mr. Boks to find another place to work," Councilman Dennis Zine said. "It's been a continuing saga of him and his mismanagement."

Zine said Boks' recent actions were part of a list of decisions over the last few years that the councilman believed were ill-conceived.

Boks, who can be fired only by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, said e-mails from the public and from animal welfare advocates praised his reversal. He added, "I stand ready and willing to meet with Dennis Zine any time, any place to help move the department forward. This has been an open invitation for well over a year."

Boks said he cut off vouchers for free sterilizations only as a last resort to cope with his department's budget shortfall. On Monday, council members excoriated him for not seeking the advice of the council or the advisory bodies to Boks' department before suspending a program that helps low-income residents comply with the city's ordinance requiring residents to spay and neuter their pets.

"You don't make a rash decision that undermines our spay and neuter program," Zine said. "The program is designed to keep animals alive and not be killed. And many low-income families want to comply but don't have enough money."


Anonymous said...

As usual, Boks makes a big mistake, says sorry, let's meet and talk about it, form a committee... same old story, mistake after mistake after mistake.

Anonymous said...

Because the mayor isn't going to fire him becaue there are too few of you and because there is nothing that man can do right by any of you.


Anonymous said...

Boks isn't "normal" any normal person would resign. BOKS WE DON"T WANT YOU IN LA...NO ONE DOES...get it? LEAVE.

Anonymous said...

There is something wrong with Boks. He keeps making huge mistakes. How could he not think he'd get in trouble with the Hooters fiasco, pitbull academy, an extra 2,000 dead because of his overcrowding, 2.5x dogs dying in cage fights, going over budget, having almost all the employees complain about him... It's not just the volunteers, rescuers, activists complaining. It's the employees, councilmembers and other departments. Boks is mentally ill. So is our Mayor to keep him. This is just plain nuts.

Anonymous said...

Ah, the mentally ill speaking ill of someone they think is mentally ill. This is a fine gathering of fools and charlatans all around.