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Los Angeles animal shelters to lose nighttime staff
By Dana Bartholomew, Staff Writer
Posted: 03/14/2013 08:15:16 PM PDT
Updated: 03/14/2013 08:18:13 PM PDT
Los Angeles animal shelters will soon take animal care technicians off night duty. Los Angeles Animal Services will redeploy from 12 to 16 techs who man the city's six animal shelters at night to day duty beginning March 31, officials said. The city's two nighttime animal control officers will remain unchanged.
"It's a safety issue so we can deploy more people," said LAAS General Manager Brenda Barnette, who said a letter was going out Friday to employees. "We have so many more animal spaces, we don't have any more staff, so our people are working themselves to death."
A new South Los Angeles replacement shelter added 100 kennels and cages to the nearly 1,200 built since 2005, with the city's 2,029 kennels nearly full, she said. But while city shelter animals have soared, the city's 177 animal care positions have stayed the same.
Critics said the decision to strip six shelters of nighttime personnel could imperil thousands of shelter animals, which would be without supervision.
"There are lots of drugs in the shelters. There are pit bulls that get in fights. Our shelters are very easy to break into ... what's the benefit?" said Phyllis Daugherty, a watchdog of the shelter system. "It's very sad."
Barnette, however, said nighttime security would be added to each shelter. and that dangerous dogs like pit bulls would not be sharing kennels.
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Graveyard Shift Change for Animal ServicesHello,
At the end of this month, Animal Services will not have Animal Care Technicians (ACTs) in the shelters from midnight until 6 AM. Iâd like to offer you an explanation for why we feel this is a necessary management decision. In 2005/06 the Department had 179 ACTs to care for animals in 759 kennels and cages. With the February 2013 opening of the new South Los Angeles Animal Service-- Center Chesterfield Square, we have only 140 ACTs â six of them vacant positions - to care for animals in 2029 kennels and cages. In short, our staffing decreased by nearly 22% while kennel space increased by 167%.These changes are creating significant challenges to our staff and animals. One employee â due the lack of staffing - recently clocked his walking while cleaning kennels and found that he is walking between 9 and 13 miles per day at the new South Los Angeles Center.
A solution to the imbalance between reduced staff and increased kennel space is to redeploy graveyard shift employees to other shifts.We believe this is a prudent management move and one that benefits both employee welfare and will improve services to animals in our care. The sixteen ACTs who are currently on the graveyard shift will be assigned to day or swing shifts at the shelter where they currently work unless operational needs change. To compensate for this redeployment, Animal Services will provide the shelters with a security guard from midnight until 6 AM.
We have been working closely with the Personnel Department in an effort to maximize safety for our animal care personnel due to dramatically increasing workloads.The Department will consider hardships to any individuals due to these changes; however, there will no longer be any graveyard shift available.(It is important to note that this change does not include the skeleton crew of Animal Control Officers patrolling during the graveyard shift.)
Director of Field Operations Mark Salazar met with affected staff on March 13 to discuss this change. A letter will be sent to the union(s) this week to advise them of the change.
The only concern we have heard to date is that some dogs may fight. We consider this a minimal risk and one that we have every night when there are only two ACTs in the shelter and cannot hear what is going on at all parts of any shelter. Typically the larger muscle breeds are not housed together unless they come in together and are a bonded pair.An added advantage to this change is allowing animals to rest at night.
We expect to implement this change on March 31, 2013. Prior to that, the Department will complete and publish procedures for any member of the community who has an animal emergency between midnight and 6 AM.
Brenda F. Barnette