The Los Angeles Daily News reports that Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's and the LA City Council's proposed $1.8 million reduction to Los Angeles' Animal Services department could result in an additional 11,000 pets euthanized in LA City shelters as well as more animals roaming around uncontrolled on the streets. The city killed more than 19,000 unwanted dogs and cats and 4,000 other animals last year.
The proposed cuts will also likely mean the closure of the Northeast Animal Care Shelter in Mission Hills, as well as personnel losses equal to the entire staff of another animal care center, according to city documents. Such cuts will require a 58 percent increase in the number of dogs and cats euthanized over the next fiscal year, according to Kathy Davis, interim general manager of the Animal Services department.
Officials said all shelters are often already overcrowded by the increase in animals taken in every day, either as strays picked up on the streets or pets turned in by owners who can no longer afford to take care of them.
The City Council's Budget and Finance committee is holding hearings this week on the budget of most city agencies, including Animal Services.
For the full story, see LA officials: Planned cuts at animal shelters will lead to more deaths
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