The Que Que
The Que Que: Domestic partnerships pass split Council, Milton Lee returns as Perry’s dump pick, ICE’s Secure Communities Task Force a bust, ACS shakeup
Published: September 21, 2011
Internal documents released this summer by ICE in response to a lawsuit brought by the National Day Laborer Organizing Network and the Center for Constitutional Rights, revealed that the FBI was both helping design and expand SC nationwide in the hopes of merging it with the Bureau’s growing biometric identification-gathering program, “Next Generation Identification.” All the while DHS had pushed the program as key for its immigration enforcement measures.
When Joe Angelo stood up before the San Antonio City Council earlier in the month to run down how Animal Care Services would be investing its money to reduce the number of euthanized dogs and cats by 2017, perhaps we should have taken it as a cue that something was up with director Gary Hendel. Last week, Hendel was “repositioned” to oversee shelter, clinic, and “live release functions,” according to an email from Assistant City Manager Erik Walsh to Mayor Julián Castro and members of the City Council. “This focus will allow Gary to work towards implementing the high volume rescue partner concept included in the FY 2012 Budget to increase the number of animals adopted or rescued,” Walsh wrote. Restructuring will also hit the various committees helping to guide ACS, also, a topic to be discussed at tonight’s ACS Advisory Board meeting.
And so into the director’s chair comes Joe Angelo, formerly assistant budget director over “innovation and reform.” But who is Joe Angelo? Well, not exactly cut from animal-control cloth. But according to his campaign website when he recently ran for mayor in Wilton Manors, Fla., Angelo has the three R’s on his side. He is rumored to be “Respectful … Responsible … and Ready.” Not only is he a Harvard grad, but he likes to jog, play piano, watch Big Bang Theory, and play Sudoku. Oh, and his dog Gizmo sings opera.
We attempted to secure an interview with Angelo, who is rumored to have dramatic and energetic ideas for reaching toward no-kill status for the pound, but had no luck as of press deadline on Tuesday.
Kelly Walls of the San Antonio-based Homeward Bound animal rescue and constant Hendel detractor wasn’t sure the move represented a victory, but she was anxious to see if reforms would follow. Homeward Bound has adopted more animals from ACS than perhaps any other organization in an attempt to save feline and canine lives from the gas chamber. Her complaints about Hendel have included problems with proper breed identification, failure to vaccinate all animals on in-take, and failure to monitor and protect animals from rabies. “We’ve been pulling so many mothers and puppies out of there that are just dying in our hands because they’re not vaccinating them,” Walls said. •