Broward County: Fire Thomas Adair the Animal Shelter Director for falsifying records!
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On August 28, 2017, Investigative Reporter Bob Norman from WPLG 10 exposed Thomas Adair, Executive Director of the Broward County Animal Shelter for falsifying '"euthanasia" records. We are asking that you please call/email the Broward County Commissioners, Attorney and Administrator. Ask that they terminate Thomas Adair with cause for falsifying county records. Official Misconduct (State statute 838.022 - 3rd degree felony) and Falsifying records (839.13 - 1st degree misdemeanor) are crimes. We also ask that Adair be charged and prosecuted to the full extent of the law.
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Main Number: 954-357-7000
Joni Armstrong Coffey, County Attorney: 954-357-7627
Bertha Henry, County Administrator: 954-357-7362
Watch the expose from Bob Norman's of Channel 10 WPLG here: https://www.local10.com/news/local-10-investigates/is-broward-animal-care-hiding-true-number-of-pets-euthanized
"There are serious questions about whether Broward Animal Care Director Thomas Adair has been falsifying county records to help bring about that decrease -- and then changing them back after a public records request was submitted in a bid to discover the extent of the problem. A well-placed source inside Broward Animal Care told Local 10 News that Adair routinely alters computer records regarding the number of animals euthanized at the order of the county by changing the real reason for killing the animal, such as health reasons, aggression or "owner requested."
That's significant because pets put down at the owner's request are not included in the county's official euthanasia numbers, and the number of those owner requests has been skyrocketing. For instance, in the last six months of 2014, owners requested that a total of 34 dogs and cats be euthanized, according to county statistics. During that same time period in 2016, that number ballooned to 307 animals killed, an increase of 900 percent. It appears that at least part of that dramatic increase is due to Adair and his underlings changing the records.
- Local 10 obtained 13 computer screen shots showing that Adair went into the county computer system days after the fact and changed the reason for euthanizing a pet to owner request, along with two others that were changed by Animal Care employees under Adair's supervision.
- The obvious reason for you to change the records from unhealthy, aggressive, et cetera to owner requested would be to make your animal control look better," Norman said.
- Lazarow learned of the records changes in May, and on May 25, she had an associate put in a public records request for all forms signed by pet owners asking that their animals be euthanized during the first three months of the year.
- When confronted with that evidence, Adair seemed flustered.
We will keep you updated on the investigation.
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