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Animal Services Audited, Losing Too Much Money

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In the latest of bulldog audits by City Controller Laura Chick, she finds that the Los Angeles Department of Animal Services is "struggling to move forward." With an nearly a million dogs estimated in the city, the department only has 123,000 dogs licensed. "The largest source of revenue for the department is dog-license fees and, yet, the department tells us that it is not their top priority," quoted the Daily News.

Among a myriad of things found defunct, Chick also found that in 2006 Animal Services spent $150,000 on two x-ray machines that are still in storage. That's two city employee's salaries plus benefits. More investigations into the department are expected.

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