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Council Slams Animal Services Head on Spaying, Neutering & Blogging

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When Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa asked Department Heads to cut their budgets, Ed Boks of Animal Services snipped away what many say was the wrong budget line item. The department last week announced that they would no longer be able to offer spay/neuter services vouchers for discounted or complimentary service, despite the fact that just a year ago the City made spaying and neutering mandatory--a law that went into effect last October.

"You have a tendency not to work with anybody, and what you've done is alienate a whole bunch of people--the folks that love animals, council members," fumed irate Concilmember Dennis Zine yesterday at a committee meeting. "What you've done is one blunder after another. This is another example of shortsightedness.''

Then Zine hit Boks about his blog. "I don't know of any general manager in the city of Los Angeles that has time to do a blog with all their responsibilities, yet you find time to do a blog."