Last year Los Angeles enacted a strict pet sterilization law that requires most of the city’s pet owners have their dog or cat spayed or neutered. L.A.’s Animal Services had a voucher program that provided free spaying and neutering services to low-income owners- but that program was recently eliminated by the agency’s general manager, Ed Boks. The City Council wasn’t happy with Boks for that decision. Steven Mikulan at LA Daily tells us:
L.A.’s Animal Services general manager Ed Boks left a City Council committee hearing with his tail between his legs yesterday, after being grilled about his unilateral decision to suspend his agency’s spay-neuter voucher program.
By the end of yesterday’s hearing a contrite Boks admitted he’d gone about fixing his budget shortfall the wrong way, while KNX Radio reported he would begin reinstating the spay-neuter vouchers. It’s expected to be back in place by week’s end, with the City Council apparently ready to overturn Boks’ decision if he doesn’t. Whether this will promote a truce between the council and Boks remains to be seen.