Council Committee to Discuss Concerns at LA City Animal Shelters – NBC Los Angeles

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Conditions at Los Angeles animal shelters will be discussed by the city’s Personnel, Audits and Animal Welfare Committee at a special meeting Tuesday in response to a Los Angeles Times story about the shelters.

Councilman Paul Koretz, the committee chair, called the emergency meeting after what his office described as “disturbing and unacceptable” revelations in the story, published last week.

The Times found that animal shelters are overcrowded, and that some dogs spend weeks or months inside their kennels without being walked. Los Angeles Animal Services relies mostly on unpaid volunteers to walk and exercise
dogs, according to the Times.

Councilmen Marqueece Harris-Dawson and Bob Blumenfield also voiced concerns to the Times after the story was published.

In a statement last week, Koretz said he meets with the animal services department every month to discuss “every aspect of the department’s operations, including complaints I’ve received from members of the public about
problems.”

“My position as the committee chair does not empower me to boss the general manager around, but I’m not shy about making suggestions and recommendations,” Koretz said.

The committee consists of Koretz, Harris-Dawson and Councilman Mike Bonin. Harris-Dawson serves as the vice chair.

Tuesday’s meeting will include discussion on animal intake and care, adoption programs, shelter maintenance and staffing, according to the agenda.

Also present at Tuesday’s meeting will be Annette Ramirez, interim general manager of LA Animal Services, Larry Gross, president of the Animal Services Commission and representatives from the city attorney’s office and
SEIU Local 721.

Public comment will be conducted virtually only.

Animal services spokesperson, Agnes Sibel, declined to respond, according to the LA Times report.



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