SAN ANTONIO – An worker with Animal Care Companies fired final yr after leaving a euthanized canine in a transport car has misplaced his bid to be reinstated, in response to Human Assets data supplied to the KSAT 12 Defenders.
Animal care specialist Eric Perez was fired final February, weeks after the lifeless animal was found by an ACS co-worker inside a “mule,” small transport car used to maneuver animals and provides all through the shelter’s property.
Perez euthanized the canine in late December 2019, then failed to maneuver its stays to a cooler and left work with out cleansing or sanitizing the car, a metropolis investigation discovered.
The deceased canine remained within the mule for almost 24 hours, in response to metropolis data.
Perez appealed his termination to town’s Municipal Civil Service Fee, which as a result of COVID-19 restrictions was unable to listen to his case till mid-December.
The fee unanimously really helpful that Perez’s termination be upheld, and Metropolis Supervisor Erik Walsh concurred with the advice Dec. 21, metropolis data present.
Perez’s firing capped off a profession with town marred by self-discipline issues, data present.
Simply two months earlier than the euthanized canine incident, in October 2019, Perez was suspended two days after a separate investigation discovered that he took two baggage of pet food and two containers of laundry detergent on the finish of his shift, data present.
An ACS supervisor witnessed the incident and a safety digicam captured footage of it, data present.
ACS officers at first contemplated firing Perez, however as an alternative issued the suspension after Perez accepted accountability and mentioned he wouldn’t interact in that kind of conduct once more, in response to his self-discipline paperwork.
When requested if the incident was forwarded to regulation enforcement, An ACS spokeswoman advised the Defenders through e-mail:
“Mr. Perez was a registered participant in a former ACS program open to the general public referred to as the ‘Pet Pantry.’ The Pet Pantry collected donations of pet meals, gear, and cleansing provides from the neighborhood as a useful resource for residents in want in addition to public members in shelter packages just like the ACS foster initiative. The Pet Pantry program had particular guidelines for participation in addition to a prescribed course of for receiving assets. Mr. Perez, in his function at Animal Care Companies, was decided to have circumvented these guidelines and obtained provides outdoors the prescribed course of. Given the small worth of things Mr. Perez incorrectly secured and the very fact he was eligible to obtain them had he adopted the proper course of, correction for this violation was accomplished by the Metropolis’s progressive disciplinary course of. Whereas Animal Care Companies nonetheless obtains provide donations from the general public for our shelter pets, the Pet Pantry program is now achieved in partnership with Daisy Cares, an initiative of the San Antonio Meals Financial institution.”
Personnel data for Perez additionally element important attendance points.
In 2015, Perez was suspended after racking up each tardies and unscheduled absences, data present.
A 2014 suspension for related attendance points was later rescinded, after the paperwork was discovered to be lacking the then-director’s signature, in response to data.
An worker overview of Perez in 2019, simply days earlier than the euthanized canine incident, famous that Perez had requested that tardies and absences from work not be counted in opposition to him.
“Eric doesn’t at all times attempt to make honesty and transparency the inspiration for his actions,” the overview states.
The overview concluded with Perez being given an worker rating of 1, the bottom rating potential, in response to town’s ranking matrix.
4 worker opinions included in Perez’s personnel file famous his points with work attendance.
A metropolis safety guard assigned to the Henry B. Gonzalez Conference Heart was fired in April after he was repeatedly discovered sleeping on the job, Human Assets data present.
Richard Jasso appealed his termination to the Municipal Civil Service Fee in December, after it was additionally delayed a number of months as a result of COVID-19 restrictions.
The fee, simply because it had in Perez’s case, unanimously really helpful that the termination be upheld.
Walsh agreed with the fee’s choice final month, data present.
In March, a metropolis amenities supervisor discovered Jasso asleep in a safety submit close to a loading dock, data present.
“Upon investigation, he discovered you leaning again in your chair along with your eyes closed, mouth open and arms at your facet, asleep and loud night breathing whereas on responsibility,” Jasso’s self-discipline paperwork states.
Jasso ultimately awakened after his title was loudly referred to as and the supervisor tapped on a counter a number of instances, data present.
It was the fourth time Jasso was discovered sleeping whereas on responsibility, in response to metropolis data.
In June 2019, Jasso was discovered asleep by the power’s interim normal supervisor, data present.
Two days later, a supervisor discovered Jasso asleep with a headphone in his ear and his telephone turned sideways enjoying a video, in response to Jasso’s personnel file.
Three months later, in September 2019, the interim normal supervisor once more discovered Jasso asleep because the GM was leaving for the day.
“Although the GM’s automotive was parked roughly 5 toes away from the guard sales space, you didn’t get up when the car was began and drove away,” a supervisor wrote.
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