Many of us have been following the case of JoJo, the two year old German Shepherd mix who Marcia Mayeda, the inept bureaucrat running the Los Angeles County Department of Animal ‘Care’ and Control wanted to execute after he finally bit two juvenile delinquents who were persistently tormenting him by pelting him with chunks of concrete. Several rescues, including the Best Friends Animal Society, came to JoJo’s defense and offered sanctuary, but Mayeda showed nothing but contempt for the rescue offers and California State Law, when she refused to release JoJo forcing Team JoJo, led by attorney Talitha Wegner to take the matter to court. To pursue the legal case, Mayeda and her mouthpiece, Diane Reagan, successfully demanded that Team JoJo post a $10,000 bond which would have been forfeited if they lost.
After being defeated in preliminary court proceedings and faced with mounting media scrutiny and public outcry, Mayeda relented and handed JoJo to Best Friends. This week we received word from Best Friends that, and we quote “JoJo is doing great! He has quickly become a staff favorite. He is social and comfortable with everyone he meets and is very smart. JoJo is now living with a shy female dog named Amina. Amina has bonded with JoJo and he is helping her to build confidence and be more trusting of people.”
So much for JoJo being vicious. The same cannot be said about Marcia Mayeda, who has refused to release the $10,000 bond back to the Friends of JoJo, prompting another court hearing. The Appellate Judge hearing the case expressed outrage that the DACC is holding onto the money, and chastised the DACC’s counsel for wasting the taxpayer’s money by forcing them to litigate an indefeasible position, before sending the demurral motion back to a lower court for litigation.
Mayeda contemptuously is still trying to litigate because she knows it costs team JoJo real money – and to her inflicting the maximum amount of pain to deter others from seeking justice is worth wasting our tax money on a losing case. It doesn’t come out of her personal pocket so she doesn’t care. This of course comes at a time when she does not have enough money to provide proper care for the pets entrusted into her shelter system’s care or to provide adequate compensation for her employees.
It again forces the question that nearly everyone who deals with the DACC asks every day – why does this venal woman still have a job, and what level of incompetence and failure does one need to exhibit before a derelict “public servant” is fired?