Thursday, June 2, 2011

40 Pets Stolen From L.A. Animal Shelter

From Today's Los Angeles Times:

40 Pets Have Vanished From L.A.'s North Central Animal Shelter: 'They Were the Young, Cute Ones'

This is some fishy corrupt-city-worker business, according to today's Los Angeles Times, which compares the mysterious vanishing of 64 "dogs, cats and other animals" from the city's six animal shelters over the last year -- and 39 from the North Central Shelter alone -- to recent city-department scandals like bribery within the Department of Building and Safety and a traffic-officer-made porn. (Really.)
If the missing critters (aww) were your average lot of mangy old mutts, that'd be one thing. But Brenda Barnette, general manager of the Animal Services Department, has noticed a pattern in the type of pets who tend to disappear:
"They were the young ones, the cute ones," Barnette said. "They were ones that would have been likely to have been sold or be a nice gift for someone." The majority of the unaccounted-for animals were dogs, Barnette said.
What's being implied here, obviously, is that shelter workers might be selling the cutest of the caged beasts on the cute-beast black market for cash.
And in the future, save yourself some cash and corruption charges and just adopt straight from the shelter. Quick -- before city workers steal all the best ones.
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