Newsmonger: San Antonio Is a No-Kill City, MLK March Exceeds Expectations and Mott Family Sues Funeral Home

San Antonio Animal Care Services euthanized dogs and cats at its lowest rate ever in December 2015.
San Antonio Animal Care Services euthanized dogs and cats at its lowest rate ever in December 2015.

San Antonio Reaches No-Kill Status

Last week, San Antonio Animal Care Services announced that it had achieved no-kill status for December 2015, reaching a long sought-after goal of the department.

No-kill doesn't mean that all animals that enter the shelter will be spared. For a shelter to earn the no-kill designation, at least 90 percent of the animals it takes in must be adopted or returned to their owners, regardless of their health or temperament. The figure only accounts for animals that are taken into a shelter — not for those found on the street or that are turned away.

But hitting the 90 percent mark is a major improvement for San Antonio, which once killed more than half the animals that entered its shelter. And ACS accomplished this while taking in more dogs overall: The department claimed that it brought in 300 more dogs in December 2015 than it did in December 2014.

San Antonio is the largest city in the country to hit the no-kill standard so far, and ACS claims that it is on track to keep that title through January.

MLK March Draws Over 300,000

The annual Martin Luther King, Jr. march drew over 300,000 people to the East Side on Monday, January 18. The 2.75-mile walk, touted as one of the largest in the nation, was San Antonio's 29th annual.

The number of people who attended the march exceeded organizers' expectations. Initial projections were that about 200,000 people would march.

The march is organized by the MLK Jr. Commission, which also hosts speeches, symposiums and dialogs based on King's ideas and ideology for King Week. The commission's other function is to raise scholarship money for local kids. This year, the commission raised a record $400,000 for Bexar County students.

The commission will hold two more events this spring: a speech on Thursday, January 28 by performing artist Chaka Khan at the Tobin Center (100 Auditorium Circle) and a lecture by actor and author LeVar Burton at St. Philip's College (1801 Martin Luther King Drive) on Thursday, February 11.

 Mott Family Sues Funeral Home

The family of Julie Mott filed a lawsuit against Mission Park Funeral Chapels North for "gross negligence" after Mott's body disappeared from the funeral home in August.

Mott, 25, died on August 8 due to complications with cystic fybrosis. Her body disappeared from the funeral home a week later, after her services.

"Sometime later that day, after the memorial service but before the body was transferred to the crematorium, Mission lost possession of Julie Mott's body and to this day has been unable to explain how they lost the body," the lawsuit alleges.

Mott's body hasn't been found. The Mott family, represented by attorney Alex Katzman, is asking for $1 million in damages.

San Antonio Police Department investigators believe the body was taken sometime between 1:30 and 4:30 p.m. on August 15. It's unclear if the body was stolen, and no suspects have been identified.

There is a $20,000 reward for information about the crime. Call (210)-225-TIPS (8477) to report any clues.


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