ANIMAL WATCH-GM Brenda Barnette let Assistant GM Tammy Watson announce the bad news at the LA Animal Services Board of Commissioners meeting that 94 dog bites/attacks occurred in LAAS animal shelters during 2019.
This was up from 59 in 2018 and is more than a 59% increase. The victims were the public, volunteers, and employees.
ARE DOG ATTACKS/BITES THE ‘NEW NORMAL’ AT LA CITY SHELTERS?
Following is an excerpt from the official stats compiled by Los Angeles Animal Services:
In 2018, 31 employees, 16 volunteers and 12 members of the public were bitten–6 of these injuries were “severe.”
In 2019, 39 employees, 32 volunteers (twice as many as in 2018) and 23 members of the public were victims of dog bites at LAAS shelters–8 were “severe” injuries.