In Laredo, Texas, the public works director, John Orfila Jr. will serve as the interim director of the Laredo Animal Care Services Facility, replacing Karina Elizondo, after disturbing images of animal cruelty and neglect surfaced online shocking the community. Elizondo will remain as the Operations Manager at the facility during the investigation.
According to KcnsTv, a press conference held on Tuesday addressed the intake suspension and the troubling photos, and the images have since been confirmed. An investigation is underway.
“I have 20 more photos that I wasn’t able to post!!!I have messaged most of council and City manager just now about this issue and it’s disturbing and unacceptable!!!!Karina Elizondo needs to be held accountable for this mess, it’s been months of messages after messages about the neglect and abuse of animals in this shelter! Someone needs to contact some animal activist that are going to come down…”
In addition, the city has partnered with the sheriff’s office to develop a program that will have inmates helping to clean the shelter. Unfortunately, there remains an insufficient number of shelter employees to help. The city is asking for people to apply to be kennel workers and to help keep conditions sanitary.
At this time, the shelter has received 800 animals as compared to the normal influx of 500, that has a shelter capacity for 184-185 animals.
“The problem will be assessed and will not happen again. I can guarantee that what we need are people to get applying. Nobody has applied for these positions for months no – we have no application,” City Manager Robert Eads stated.
The city is encouraging citizens to adopt or foster some of the animals at the shelter; all fees for both programs have since been waived.
(Photos via Facebook by Priscilla “La Gordiloca” Villarreal )
Updates to follow.
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