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Lisa Luna

Staff Writer

Pleasanton City Manager Johnny Huizar (at right) presents a certificate to Pleasanton Police Captain Johnny Gonzales, in delivering the ultimate in customer service to the citizens and animals of Pleasanton. Photo by Lisa Luna | Pleasanton Express

Pleasanton Animal Control Officer Leandro Garcia (at left), was also presented with a certificate from City Manager Johnny Huizar, for delivering the ultimate in customer service to the citizens and animals of Pleasanton.
Photo by Lisa Luna | Pleasanton Express

Pleasanton Police Captain Johnny Gonzales and Animal Control Officer Leandro Garcia were recognized at the Feb. 15 council meeting.

Pleasanton City Manager Johnny Huizar read a letter of appreciation that he received from Atascosa Animal Allies. The organization wanted to express their thanks to both Gonzales and Garcia for supporting the group’s efforts to save the dogs and cats at the Pleasanton Animal Control Facility.

The non-profit, tax exempt rescue group has an agreement with the city to help find homes for stray and surrendered dogs and cats. The group works to find fosters to provide interim care for these animals until a forever home can be found. They also purchase necessary veterinarian care, vaccinations and spay and neuter whenever possible. Group members conduct tests and photograph the animals to promote them to the community.

“All of these actions require multiple trips to the  Animal Control Facility. Each trip requires Captain Gonzales to approve the visit and the Animal Control Officer to meet us on site and assist us with these actions,” the letter continued. “The work is time-consuming and interrupts the ACO’s ability to do the primary functions of feeding and cleaning up after the animals and picking up strays and other animals that are causing problems.”

The letter also stated that recently Mr. Garcia has had to perform all of these duties by himself, because of the hospitalization of the other Animal Control Officer, Juan DeLeon. The letter praised Garcia during this time for being very helpful and accommodating. He has done a lot, all with a positive and cheerful attitude.

“He has performed his duties in an exemplary matter and we have been very impressed with his actions and support,” said Huizar as he read the letter. “Please accept this in sincere appreciation for their services.”

Gonzales and Garcia were then presented with an award from the Office of the City Manager and received with a round of applause.

Council member Robert Earl Wood attended the Atascosa Animal Allies workday and was pleased with what he observed.

“They seemed to get along really good. They are  very efficient. They get along with our people. They were giving them shots and I think they are doing a great job… everybody. You all included.

Council member Diana Prasifka also attended the shelter on the workday.

“It was real enjoyable to watch them all work together, instead of this pulling and it was real nice. I appreciate all that they go through to help with the animals.”

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