Director Resigns Position
UPDATE 11/07/08: Animal Care Services Director, Jeffrey Hale, has resigned. Hale will step down immediately, but will remain on the city payroll until year's end on administrative leave. Hale was the leading force behind the effort to make San Antonio a "no kill" city by 2012. The "no kill" movement is backed by highly questionable groups -- groups that will adopt out dangerous dogs instead of euthanizing. See comments to learn more.
11/06/08: More Bexar County Problems
San Antonio, TX - In the light of the recent multitude of "Director of Animal Service Departments" with questionable -- if not criminal -- actions (Director of the Hawaii Humane Society, Director of Ventura County Animal Services and the Director of Fulton County Animal Services), it comes as no surprise that the director of the San Antonio Animal Services Department has recently been charged with a crime.
Bexar County, where San Antonio resides, is on the DogsBite.org Watch List due to the fact that the county suffered two dog bite fatalities last year, and since the enactment of Lillian's Law 14 months ago, has only indicted two dog owners. It's been over two months since Denise Rocha was brutally attacked by pit bulls, which forced her to spend 35 days hospitalized and undergo 12 surgeries. Bexar officials have yet to charge the dog owners.
On Wednesday night, The city's Animal Care Services director was arrested on a charge of driving while intoxicated and failing field sobriety tests, according to a police report. Jeffrey L. Hale, 43, was stopped just before 9:30 p.m. at Jackson and West Quincy streets downtown when a police officer watched a silver Volvo drive at a high rate of speed, abruptly change lanes and veer into the shoulder on Interstate 35.
A breath test given at the magistrate's office was over the legal limit, the report said. Di Galvan, a spokeswoman for the city, said she could not comment on personnel matters, but said city officials were aware of the arrest. Hale took over as the director of ACS in 2006 during a tumultuous time when the city was moving toward the goal of creating a no-kill shelter (which might be translated into a "no pit bull kill" shelter).
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