Animal Care Services (ACS) of San Antonio, TX winner of the 2012 Rachael Ray $100K Challenge engaged in serious violations through the years. ACS has a long history of illicit actions including violations of free speech and disabled rights, misappropriation of funding, violation of the city’s municipal code, and deceptive statements to taxpayers.
Through all of the Animal Care Service’s deceptions and transgressions, they managed to win the Rachael Ray Challenge in 2012 and received a large cash award.
The city and ACS continue to receive substantial funding from other sources. However, the validity of the figures and information they present to be eligible to receive massive amounts of donated funds, along with the actual use of the funds may be considered suspect. The history of their actions speaks volumes.
Animal Care Service's history of deception in San Antonio, TX
Animal Care Services, the winner of last year’s Rachael Ray challenge has operated a controversial and severely restricted animal shelter located on Brooks City-Base for approximately 3 years.
Severe restrictions on access and a failed system prevent owners from finding their lost pets, and the pets are subsequently killed. ACS recommends searching the kennels in person to find lost pets, but owners are prohibited from doing so at Brooks.
Information about Animal Care Service’s failed system may be found by accessing the article linked below.
San Antonio, TX ACS false claims exposed
ACS had previously violated the constitutional right to free speech. Their illegal requirements to volunteers and rescues were only recently and quietly changed after pressure from citizens and notification of their unlawful actions to The US Department of Justice.
Free Speech rights denied to citizens of San Antonio, Texas
Several ACS violations discussed in previous articles are listed below:
Falsified use of Brooks Animal Shelter
Brooks Development Authority Committee Meeting Minutes:
“...Heber Lefgren, CoSA Animal Care Services, stated the city was requesting to extend the use of the kennels located on Brooks City-Base. Mr. Lefgrun stated the FY2012 City of San Antonio budget provided funds to implement a high rescue partnership with local organizations that would rescue large quantities of animals. The Brooks City-Base facility would be used as the staging area by the Humane Society and American Pets Alive organizations. The organizations have service agreements with the department. This is a pilot program for the City of San Antonio....” The motion was approved unanimously.
“Resolution #011012-610 – authorizing the President and CEO to amend Resolution #051110-511, to negotiate and execute the second amendment to the City of San Antonio & BDA SAPD K-9 lease.
“Joe Angelo, Interim Director of the Animal Care Facility, stated Brooks City-Base location would be a holding facility for the 90% of adopted dogs, eliminating the need for public access to the campus. The ACS is partnering with local animal rescue groups to assist with the adoption process...” -- The resolution was approved unanimously.
The Brooks Animal Shelter is not - and was not - used in the way voted and approved shown above.
Misappropriation of Funding
In 2011 city council approved Animal Care Service's (ACS) budget allocating $339,961 in funding to make the Brooks’ facility accessible to the public. But the funds were clearly not used for that purpose.
In 2012, ACS requested approximately $340,000 from the City Council for additional staff at the Brooks Facility, the construction of 40 additional kennels, and improving the accessibility of the Brooks facility to the public. The funds were granted and not used at Brooks.
Animal Care Services (ACS) openly violates the city’s municipal code. Additionally, the shelter has not been ADA compliant since it was leased approximately 3 years ago.
"Sec. 9-19. Discrimination prohibited.
"It shall be unlawful for any person, or any employee or agent thereof within the city, to discriminate against, withhold from or deny any person, because of race, color, religion, sex, age or handicap, any of the advantages, facilities or services offered to the general public by a place of public accommodation."
Disabled rights and municipal code violated by Julian Castro's San Antonio, TX
Deceptive actions by ACS and the Brooks Development Authority
Both ACS and the Brooks Development Authority (BDA) have been secretive in the existence of the restricted shelter at the Brooks City-Base. The shelter holds animals that can be adopted and also lost pets that are found. Yet they did not advertise its existence and restricted the public from visiting this facility that is run with taxpayer’s dollars. The BDA even removed it from an aerial view on its development map and did not list it with all others in literature concerning the development. The location on the map is listed as a "Tree Preservation Area."
Brooks Development Authority’s secret facility provokes voter concerns
Deceptive actions continue by ACS Director Kathy Davis and San Antonio, TX
Nonprofits, animal rescues, and taxpayers, of San Antonio, Texas continue to hope for honest and law abiding representation in the future. Many however, feel that all hope is lost concerning current city representatives.