Opinion and Review
Journalism appears to be a thing of the past in San Antonio, Texas. News stories concerning the actions of the city’s Animal Care Services (ACS) often appear to be commercials or public relations promotions showing only what the city wishes the public to believe.
The main-stream news media in San Antonio often claim that what they present is the result of investigations.
However, statements made by ACS representatives go unquestioned and unchallenged, and facts opposing those statements are not considered or published.
The situation has been ongoing for approximately 3 years.
Although a great deal of factual information concerning the questionable actions and deceptions of ACS has been provided to the media by nonprofits, animal lovers, and others in the city - San Antonio news media continues to conceal that information from the community.
The following fail to report full and accurate news concerning Animal Care Services in San Antonio, Texas:
WOAI NEWS 4
KENS 5 NEWS
KSAT 12 NEWS
KABB FOX 29 NEWS
SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS
Although all have expert and experienced news teams, investigative reporters, and vast investigative resources – they do not reveal important information about ACS that is known to them or easily found.
The information in the following article published on examiner.com is readily obtainable. Considering the resources available to the news media listed above, it is alarming and shameful that they will not provide full and truthful information for their audiences.
Animal Care Service's history of deception in San Antonio, TX
Unfortunately, it appears that special interests and relationships cause those that claim to be journalists to violate the sacred trust of the people.
The remainder of this review contains information and links to information about Animal Care Services that the main-stream media in San Antonio, Texas will not provide to citizens that trust them to report fully and honestly.
Falsified use of Brooks Animal Shelter
Brooks Development Authority Committee Meeting Minutes:
- December 2011
“...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.
- January 2012
“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 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 continues to violate disabled rights and San Antonio's municipal code that was enacted to protect the rights of all. The severe restrictions on access and botched system prevents 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.
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.
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