Animal Care Services Director Kathy Davis and the city of San Antonio, TX continue in attempts to deceive those they are sworn to serve. Claims are now made that a quarantine facility will be implemented at the controversial Brooks Animal Shelter.
The claims may eventually be validated; however, citizens have reason to thoroughly question time frames and the legitimacy of many statements by Kathy Davis and the city due to past violations.
According to Davis in a document to ACS Rescue Partners, Fosters, and Volunteers concerning the proposed quarantine facility:
“Recent budgetary considerations have been resolved and ACS is confident this initiative could be up and running within the first quarter of FY 2014.”
"…if our plan experiences no delays, ACS could fully implement this initiative by the end of November."
The use of hedge words such as if and could, along with conflicting statements within the same document as to time of implementation do not inspire confidence. Neither does the past performance of ACS.
Nonprofits, animal rescues, and taxpayers wonder how long it will take if ACS actually does move forward in their claims.
The Brooks Animal Care Shelter has been used by the city for approximately 3 years. The public was originally informed that the shelter was temporary.
If 3 years is considered “temporary” and only a “delay” to Davis and the ACS - the facility in its current form may remain for a very long time.
The restrictions placed on the facility are severely limiting, and the botched system does not function the way Kathy Davis and ACS would like the public to believe. Davis also fails to speak of the ACS violations of the Americans with Disability Act (ADA) and how they violate the city’s own municipal code.
Although ACS was aware they were in violation of the law and utilizing a failed system...they renewed the lease for another 2 years agreeing to the same restrictions:
“In January 2012, ACS and BDA renewed the lease at Brooks for an additional 2 years. With the exception of allowing ACS to locate a mobile office structure on site for staffing needs, and to require on-site security for non-business hours, all previous lease provisions remained in effect.”
It is alarming that a lease was signed yet again with the same severe restrictions in which the city says they have no choice and are forced to follow. In signing, the restrictions are of their own approval and choosing.
Moreover, 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.
The animal shelter rests on the financially-troubled Brooks City-Base. The city does not have to pay to lease the shelter. However, the city made a very special deal with the Brooks Development Authority (BDA) for a price reduction to Nexolon.
In an article in mySA of March 2nd, the following was written about the city’s involvement with the BDA and Brooks City-Base:
“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.”
The city pledged $12 million to improve Brooks City-Base -- yet none of that $12 million is pledged for improvements for the run-down and outdated restricted shelter that is on that base.
The city and ACS Director Kathy Davis continue to claim they are doing what is best under the circumstances. Unfortunately, they fail to mention that the unacceptable circumstances, misuse of funds, unlawful violations, and restrictive lease arrangement were of the city’s own choosing.