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LA animal shelter dogs go weeks, months without walks

A new investigation and numerous social media posts have shed light on a disturbing trend that continues at Los Angels animal shelters.

Many dogs currently living in Los Angeles shelters like the Chesterfield Square Animal Shelter in South Los Angeles go weeks and sometimes months without walking or having time to be outside, the Los Angeles reported. Angeles Times in a spotlight investigation.

CBSLA visited the Chesterfield shelter and spoke to Agnes Sibal, director of public information for LA Animal Services.

Sibal did not deny the facts reported by the LA Times investigation. Sibal said the report doesn’t tell the whole story.

“All the animals – the dogs – in our shelter get richer every day,” Sibal said. “That doesn’t necessarily mean they go for walks every day. However, they do exercise and interact with volunteers or staff.”

She also said that shelter staff are aware that dogs need attention and care, even if they stay in their kennels for weeks or months.

“There are cases where it’s behavioral issues where they pose a danger to themselves or other animals or staff and volunteers where they can go weeks without being able to walk around. Or if they do part of a case of proof,” Sibal said.

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Cash, a Pitbull who lives at the Chesterfield Square shelter in South Los Angeles, hasn’t been out of his kennel in eight months.

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There are about 300 dogs currently living at the South LA shelter, Animal Services Acting General Manager Annette Ramirez told the LA Times.

Volunteers who walk dogs at animal shelters in Los Angeles recently shared videos of dogs that haven’t been walked.

According to an Instagram post from a volunteer.

But others like Cash are also locked in their kennels for months because they are part of a court case.

The LA Times investigation said animal shelters in LA are crippled by staffing shortages and a surge in population. Volunteers do most of the physical activity with the dogs.

The number of dogs at the Chesterfield shelter increased by 30% in May, according to the LA Times.

A local animal rescue activist told CBSLA political reporter Tom Wait that it is the collective responsibility of all pet owners to help end the suffering.

“I think all of us in rescue do our best. Do I think it’s horrible for a dog to sit in a kennel and not be walked around? Absolutely, that should be contrary to the law,” Melissa Baclear, who runs Wagmor Pets Dog Rescue, says to wait. “But the public needs to start taking responsibility… neutering and neutering their dogs, they need to stop buying dogs and abandoning them. There’s not much that shelters can do.”

A People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) spokesperson said Los Angeles’ no-kill shelter policy is also to blame for the congestion of dogs in shelters.

Additionally, people are also forced to leave their dogs in shelters due to life constraints and costs.

On Saturday, July 16, the Pasadena Humane Society Shelter will host a Free Adoption Day at 361 S. Raymond Avenue in Pasadena.

For more information on the adoption event, Click here.