Accounting and Auditing

Sterilizing pets is key to reaching L.A.'s no-kill goal at shelters

Sterilizing pets is key to reaching L.A.'s no-kill goal at shelters

In the fiscal year that ended June 30, Los Angeles city shelters took in 57,225 animals — mostly dogs and cats — and euthanized 14,084 of them. As heartbreaking as these numbers are, the total is less than half the amount killed annually about a decade ago. But no animal should be killed for lack of shelter space, which is exactly what City Controller Ron Galperin said when he released an audit that his department conducted on Los Angeles Animal Services' statistics — the grim accounting of the animals that come in and the ones that get out alive.

The audit found the statistics that the shelter system makes available online to be “reasonably...

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