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Coming Soon: New L.A. Animal Services General Manager

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One of L.A.'s toughest jobs is expected to be filled soon. Brenda Barnette of the Seattle Humane Society will reportedly be named as the city's Animal Services General Manager by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, according to the LA Times. The job, which faces a lot pressure from animal advocates about euthanasia rates, has been vacant for about a year. Los Angeles took in about 54,000 dogs and cats last year -- a quarter of the dogs and half of the cats were put down for a variety of reasons, including a lack of space at the city's six shelters.