In looking at the latest stats from LA City under Brenda Barnette, it is interesting to note that she ain't doing that good. Oh, people like Ed Muzika and Nathan Winograd bragged over the turnout for her "Meet and Greet" but what they failed to recognize that most of those people there weren't from the humane community, but rather the breeding community, welcoming one of their own.
And please, don't give me that line about how this is early and give her a chance. If she was being supported by the humane community, they would go out of their way to make her look good but they didn't come.
The adoptions for September were the lowest they have been since 2006. Rescues were slightly higher but when you consider the amount of animals served, these numbers are extremely low. Just 614 animals taken by rescues for the month of September with the total impounds being 5,116, pitiful. Here's the kicker, the euthanization is the second highest recorded since 2005 for the month of September.
Euthanization was the highest recorded for dogs since 2005. I can hear them now saying that it is because impounds are up since 2005 which is true. The impounds are the second highest since 2005. And adoptions for dogs were the second lowest for the entire year.
The numbers for dogs doesn't include pit bulls. Strange how they break out the pit numbers from the dog numbers. There were more pits to hit the shelter that since before 2005. The adoptions of pits was the second lowest for the entire year. Rescues only took 31 pits from the shelter whereas the impound number of pits was 582. Again showing that you just can't depend on the rescues to be of much help. Euthanization of pits were the highest they have been since 2005 for the month of September.
Cats didn't fair well either. Rescues only took 186 cats from a total impound number of 2324. Again, since announcing Barnette's arrival, euthanization of cats increased dramatically, the second highest since 2005. These stats don't separate owner surrenders but I bet that number increased because they were touting Barnette's affiliation with "No Kill".
Another interesting observation is that since her appointment was announced, the impounds increasing fairly dramatically. This always happens when you say "No Kill". People just assumed that it is now safe to surrender their pets to a shelter.
Why are the rescues not getting animals out? Their phones never stop ringing from people wanting to surrender pets. They pick the best of the lot and the rest end up in the shelter, their rejects. Why would they go take animals out of the shelter when they had already rejected those same animals plus there's no donation from the shelter. Try to give a rescue a pet and they will always ask for a donation. You just can't compete with that as an open door shelter.
She is pushing for an increase in household limits, a whopping 66% increase. Do you think the rescues are supporting her in this? NO! In fact if you check on the support letters on file at http://cityclerk.lacity.org/lacityclerkconnect/index.cfm?fa=ccfi.viewrecord&cfnumber=10-0982 you will see that the majority of those are from the breeders. Not one letter is written on letterhead of any rescue.
So what this shows me is that Barnette does not have the support of the rescues or they would be coming to the shelter to make her look good. And we all know that breeders don't take animals from the shelters. So now let the excuses begin.