Although San Antonio Animal Care Services (ACS) states they have a viable system in place at their Brooks animal shelter, much evidence appears to oppose that attitude. ACS Director Kathy Davis stated that occasionally one animal is not listed properly; however, factual information shows more than such a limited problem.
In a section of an extensive communication to KSAT investigative reporter Bryan Mylar, Pet Advocate Kelly Plessala wrote:
“…ACS frequently leaves off dogs, misidentifies dogs and is continuing to euthanize Brooks dogs daily even though kennel space is readily available. For example, 50+ kennels were open at Brooks on Tuesday, yet ACS euthanized 8 dogs instead of taking them back to Brooks to safety for additional time. Also note, these dogs are not taken to public adoption events and when they are transported from Brooks to ACS's Main location it is to be euthanized without ever having the chance to be seen by the public. A lucky few do get a few additional hours in the public eye in kennels known as "the Golden Crates" located between building 3 and 4. A Brooks Banner donated by the people who support these dogs to ACS, is placed above those dogs and for the last few weeks 3 ladies have sat out in the heat, encouraging people to adopt these dogs since they only have hours to live. ACS is now telling them they can no longer promote these dogs. Yet another blow to their already slim chances.”
Unfortunately, investigative reporter Bryan Mylar failed to include any of the information provided by Plessala in his piece concerning ACS and the city.
Visits to Brooks are by appointment only, and an animal must be identified by a photo before being allowed access to visit. However, the video in this story shows only one of the extensive complications with this system of not allowing full access.
Serious problems exist at Brooks, and it is unfortunate that the public is not considered worthy by the city or media to be given factual information.
The errors by the city and lack of tracking the animals properly are so extensive that they even used a picture of a pet they killed to promote their actions and the proposed city budget.
Citizens, nonprofits, and animal advocates are continuing in their fight to reveal the truth. Troubled taxpayers are speaking out and rapidly growing in number and resolve. They hope that Mayor Castro, city council members, ACS, and the media will come to realize that all will be exposed in time…and that they will begin to truthfully represent and abide by their sacred trust to the taxpaying citizens of San Antonio, Texas.
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