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Edited on: 01/25/2019 at 11:03PM

Stop torturing and killing pets like Mugsley in hot vans

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https://www.change.org/p/la-animal-services-la-city-council-la-city-animal-commission-and-major-garcetti-stop-torturing-and-killing-pets-in-hot-vans Despite the LA City Council deciding 2 years ago to invest in 15 air conditioned vans for the transport of animals in the custody of LA Animal Services (LAAS), the vans are still not in use. This has tragically resulted in the death of Mugsley, a "well mannered" 7 year old male boxer mix (ID: A1717645), on August 30, 2017. Mugsley was being transported by LAAS to a vet for a spay/neuter surgery prior to his rescue from West Valley shelter, and upon arrival was pronounced dead from heat stroke. We do not know how many other pets may have died / suffered in the sweltering hot 100+ degree LA heat while trapped in LAAS vans without air conditioning, however, we do know that NO animals should be subjected to such cruelty. Especially given that it is not legal for citizens to keep animals in hot cars; how then is it acceptable for LAAS to keep animals in hot vans? Councilman Koretz's Office recently undertook an investigation into the progress of the procurement of the 15 air conditioned vans, which we do appreciate, however, it is simply not good enough. Councilman Koretz's Office explained that the 15 vans were ordered following a bidding process that concluded in fall 2016, and that the bid was awarded to a small vendor who needed to make design adjustments in order to meet the needs of LAAS. There were subsequent issues with the design of the vans, and the first van was expected for delivery end of July 2017. The remaining 14 vans would be delivered over the coming months, because only 1-2 vehicles can be assembled at a time. LISTEN TO LAAS IN 2013 EXPLAINING ABOUT THE ISSUE WITH ANIMAL DEATHS DUE TO OVERHEATING IN THEIR VANS WHICH AVERAGE TEMPERATURES OF 103 DEGREES IN THE ANIMAL COMPARTMENTS https://www.facebook.com/AAArescuenetwork/posts/1107439102733425 (You may need to join this Facebook group for the link to work for you). https://www.facebook.com/groups/773416409436730/ On the day of his heartbreaking demise, Mugsley’s temperature was noted by the vet as being 108 degrees. At that temperature, his brain would have begun swelling and his organs would have shut down. Mugsley did not need to die. He deserved to live the rest of his life in a loving home, not suffer a torturous, lonely death in an overheated LAAS van. Mugsley deserved better. The animals of LA deserve better. We strongly suggest that LA City re-visit the contract for the delivery of the air conditioned vans, and expedite the delivery of the vans OR find a new supplier who has a stock of vans which already meet the needs of LAAS. No more animals should suffer and die needlessly. This is now undeniably an URGENT issue of cruelty which must be addressed. CALL TO ACTION: We need concerned citizens to call and email Mayor Garcetti's Office to inform them that Mugsley's death is not acceptable and to resolve this situation so that no more dogs cook in the LA City Animal Services vans!! Change cannot happen without this action. Let's do this for Mugsley. (213) 978-0600 mayor.garcetti@lacity.org

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