After a tumultuous 2013 and 2014, animal advocates thought the acrimony between rescuers and San Bernardino city staff ended with the departure of shelter manager Debi Shuker and several other employees before her. That hostility ultimately led to the already-bankrupt city losing its contract with the city of Colton after council members received thousands of emails and phone calls from animal lovers around the world lobbying for changes. The abuse issues had piqued the interests of media outlets and, once again, beleaguered San Bernardino was shown in a bad light.
Things seemed to change in a positive direction when the city hired Oscar Perez as the new Animal Control Manager. Perez was willing to work with rescuers, keeping animals alive long past the required holding periods. But the romance with the new manager was short lived.
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