Winograd’s excoriating criticism of Los Angeles Animal Services (infographic)

In an article by Nathan Winograd published 8 March 2024, he criticises in the strongest possible terms the Los Angeles Animal Services (LAAS) and the six city shelters (pounds) run by it. He is particularly critical of Jake Miller the volunteer coordinator for LAAS.

Winograd says that Miller emailed the volunteers to say that LAAS would be killing 800 dogs over the next four weeks if the volunteers did not work out some sort of solution for an overcrowding problem.

It is said that Miller did not want to discuss “real solutions” meaning solutions they get to the bottom of the matter and he refused to have conversations about reforms and programs.

Winograd is particularly critical because LAAS receives $31 million annually to shelter and rehome unwanted animals. For Miller to threaten volunteers that “staff are going to poison 800 dogs unless [they] did the job of LAAS” is unforgivable it seems for Nathan Winograd.

Miller isn’t interested according to Winograd in discussing “comprehensive adoption efforts including off-site adoption events” and “ramping up the foster care program” and other productive means to minimise killing shelter animals and maximising adoptions.

I discuss the dog situation at this shelter more in another article but on this page is an Infographic which also comes from information provided by Winograd. The Infographic is self-explanatory. It is below.

Los Angeles Animal Services volunteers say that cat rooms are mostly empty because the cats are turned away and abandoned and fed across the street!
Los Angeles Animal Services volunteers say that cat rooms are mostly empty because the cats are turned away and abandoned and fed across the street! Infographic by MikeB
Two useful tags. Click either to see the articles:- Toxic to cats | Dangers to cats

Comment on the cat story

It seems extraordinary to me, almost unbelievable, that this is happening. It almost feels like there has been some inaccuracy in reporting but we can rely completely on Nathan Winograd for accuracy. I don’t have any more information about why LAAS are turning away stray cats when they’ve got empty cages in the cat room. On the face of it, it is a very cruel policy which completely undermines the purpose for the existence of the city pound.

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