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A F F I D A V I T
STATE OF CALIFORNIA
COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES )
EDWARD BOKS, being duly sworn, deposes and says:
I am currently the general manager of Los Angeles Animal Services. I began
this position on January 2, 2006. LA Animal Services is a municipal department and I report
directly to the Mayor of Los Angeles. We serve 3.9 million people over a 400 square mile
area and operate six shelters on a $20.1 million annual budget.
Prior to joining LA Animal Services, I was the executive director of Animal
Care & Control of New York City, Inc. ("AC&C"), the contractor to the City of New York that
performs animal control services and operates animal shelters in Manhattan, Brooklyn and
Staten Island, and intake centers in Queens and the Bronx. AC&C is a 501(c)(3) not for
profit corporation and I reported to its board of directors, the chairman of which was the
Commissioner of the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene ("DOH"), Dr. Thomas
Prior to joining AC&C I was the executive director of the Maricopa County
Animal Care & Control ("MCAC&C"), which was the largest animal control program in the
U.S., providing services to 24 cities and towns and the unincorporated area of Maricopa
County, Arizona. It’s a community of about 9,200 sq. miles with a population of 3.2 million
people. We processed about 62,000 animals a year. The agency was a division of the
Maricopa County Department of Health. When I started, our budget was about $4 million.
When I left it was about $9 million after negotiating cost recovery contracts with the towns
and cities we served.
My involvement with managing animals goes back to my youth. I worked my
way through high school and a couple years of college as a veterinary technician in a private
veterinary hospital, Harper Woods Veterinary Hospital in Michigan, from about 1965 to
1971. I wound up as manager of the kennel operations and a veterinary technician.
I moved to Arizona in 1976. I was pastoring at the Grace Chapel of Phoenix.
We started a pri