The facility is not held by the military, it is a controversial animal shelter that the city of San Antonio is leasing free of charge. The shelter is not listed on the development information for Brooks. Instead of an aerial view of the building on the BDA Land Use map, the area where it is located is listed as a “tree preservation area” and the building is not visible.
Those corporations wishing to invest and join the community apparently are not provided information about how the run-down animal facility on the property is being used – or how it can affect their future marketing efforts and profits if they join the development.
Additionally, Mayor Julian Castro and his Animal Care Services (ACS) could have created an entirely updated building to house the animals, or renovated the existing shelter with money they pledged to the BDA for improvements to provide a controversial price reduction to Nexolon.
In an article in mySA of March 2nd, the following was revealed concerning a very special arrangement:
“Among the goodies: the chance for the company to essentially buy an 86-acre chunk of Brooks City-Base, valued at $17 million, for $5 million. The city has pledged to effectively make up the difference with $12 million in improvements at Brooks.”
Many citizens wonder why at least part of that $12 million in improvements was not used to renovate or improve conditions of the animal shelter…or even build a new shelter that could accommodate and rescue animals providing full access to the public.
Additionally, the city allocated $339,961 to make the shelter accessible to the public. However, the money was not used for that purpose and access to the shelter continues to be severely restricted.
Those searching for a lost pet are not even permitted to browse there, even though the city recommends those with lost pets should always walk through the kennels.
Their pet can be killed before they have a reasonable chance to find their four-legged family member. Viewing is by appointment only, and only animals picked from photographs supplied may be viewed. Listing errors are often made, and animals are killed quickly.
The shelter is also not compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Moreover, animal rescues and volunteers are threatened or removed from saving animals lives if they speak about the terrible conditions present at Brooks.
The Brooks Development Authority now has full knowledge of violations by the city to their lease agreement and unlawful activity by the city concerning the shelter. Many have written providing detailed information. Additionally, at their latest board meeting an attorney along with pet advocates also made them fully aware of the illicit actions of the City of San Antonio.
Nonprofits, voters, and taxpayers are closely monitoring the actions of the Brooks Development Authority, Mayor Castro and the City of San Antonio, and Animal Care Services in hopes that those that were trusted and sworn to serve – will cease the unlawful activities and deceptions they conceal when they promote their actions to the citizens of San Antonio, business interests, and the outside world.