Today it was found that if a Spanish speaking resident of San Antonio loses their pet, they are in great danger of it being killed. Serious problems exist if it is one of many taken by animal control to the Brooks animal shelter. The system implemented by the city makes it nearly impossible for the owner to find their family pet before it is killed.
Spanish-only speakers and those with limited English appear to be discriminated against using the method that is required to be able to visit the shelter. Although 62.5% of residents and voters are Hispanic, the system is provided only in English. Those that cannot read are also excluded because of the severe limitation of not allowing full access to visit and view all pets.
The city of San Antonio provides only extremely limited access to its Brooks City Base animal shelter. A person seeking to adopt or search for a missing pet must use an online system to identify an animal through a picture and English-only information to make an appointment to visit.
San Antonio claims it has greatly improved its animal control department and that it is actively involved in capturing those among the estimated 150,000 that roam the streets. If true, then there appears to be a great danger of lost pets being captured and killed before owners can find them.
Many, even those proficient in English, are likely to never know what happened to their pet if not found in a very short time before captured by the city – if the city includes that pet with the many others that are transported to Brooks. Those taken by the city have only 72 hours to live.
Citizens and nonprofits are at odds with the city over their insistence to use such a drastically flawed system.
This problem with their methods was written about in 2010. Yet the city chose not to take appropriate action then, and they continue to claim the system is viable.
2010 article - ACS back at Brooks City-Base kennels
The city makes many claims to promote their methods, but the claims are often not factual.
Unfortunately, the local main-stream media fails to provide all of the factual information to the citizens they promise to inform and protect through their work.
The situation with the city and local media grossly misinforming the public appears to have occurred since at least 2010.
2010 article - No mass-media coverage of ACS cover-up
Voters will now continue to be informed with factual information as my research continues. Hopefully, the Mayor, city council, and the main-stream media will soon decide to fully represent the voters and taxpayers of San Antonio, Texas.
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