Head of SF Animal Care and Control Ousted

Rebecca Katz had controversy as head of S.F. animal care and control.

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    NEWSLETTERS

    The woman in charge of the San Francisco pound has been cut loose.

    Running San Francisco's public animal shelter is a tough job. And now it's no longer Rebecca Katz's.

    Katz was abruptly removed from her position as director of San Francisco Animal Care and Control on Friday, according to the San Francisco Examiner.

    The reasons behind her firing were not immediately clear.

    Katz had been in charge since 2008, the newspaper reported. She herself says she was not "entirely informed of what the issues were."

    There "may" have been some issue with the San Francisco chapter of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA), which has had its eyes on taking over Animal Care and Control from government, the newspaper reported.

    The SPCA had retained Alex Clemens, a well-known and effective lobbyist with City Hall connections, but animal experts noted that the ACC and SPCA have not gotten along with each other for years.

    Katz did enrage some neighbors when she voiced support for the opening of a Pet Food Express location in the Marina, the newspaper reported.