As we await the results of the city audit of Long Beach Animal Care Services, we would like to share with you another point we discussed with the third-party shelter consultants hired by the Auditor's office.
It's the issue we've all been focused on for the past few days, regarding Mayor Garcia's and the City's inaccurate methods for reporting progress in lifesaving.
Stayin' Alive wrote a report in February of this year documenting the problems with the City's, LBACS' and the Mayor's method for calculating progress in lifesaving at our shelter.
The report was submitted to the Auditor in the hopes that she will examine the unorthodox and non-transparent methods the City uses to exaggerate progress at the LBACS animals shelter. It was also featured in the Press-Telegram article that came out last week.
The problem with inflating the numbers is that it is dishonest, for one thing. And that should be enough for us as a city to call out the Mayor on this practice and demand true transparency AND shelter reform.
But specifically in the context of animal sheltering, it's an enormous problem because it's basically a condescending "pat on the head" to concerned community members and an attempt to dismiss their requests by sweeping LBACS' NOT insignificant problems (which include the illegal killing of the dog, Thor, who had an adopter waiting for him) under the rug. Instead, the City should be engaging with the public in an authentic and honest way that leads to positive, implementable programs and solutions that save shelter animals' lives.
You can read the report here: https://goo.gl/sDgNZP
An initiative to make Long Beach a No Kill community.