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Regarding the Chronicle
’s recent piece about Austin Pets Alive’s last-ditch PR stunt to avoid behaving like an adult in its “partnership” with the city of Austin ["Austin's 10-Year No-Kill Deal With Austin Pets Alive! May Be Dead
," News, Oct. 12] and instead running to Council members for help: With “partners” like APA, who needs enemies? APA has been in violation of numerous provisions of its license agreement with the city (which gives APA free use of Town Lake Animal Center) for years. APA has crowded more animals into TLAC than the agreement allows, operates the shelter with little regard for national standards, has routinely drugged animals to keep them from going kennel crazy, and has made little to no effort to raise the capital needed for a safe, humane shelter. As a long-time volunteer at APA, I tried to bring attention to these issues both at APA and then to City Council, with zero results. It’s not easy when APA has convinced everyone – through its prodigious PR efforts – that it can do no wrong. It’s also hard when APA has stacked the Animal Advisory Commission – which, by state law, is supposed to help regulate *all* shelters, public and private, in Travis County – with members that do APA’s bidding. The city of Austin does not need a “partner” like APA. A far better use of the land at TLAC would be as a city-operated satellite adoption center. Austin is much too large to have only one shelter location. APA is no longer the partner Austin needs. The city should terminate its license agreement with APA.