Pat Claerbout has been on the job as the new Baldwin Park Shelter manager for only a week and has already permanently disqualified herself from receiving any “Miss Congeniality” accolades. As anyone with access to Google knows, Marcia Mayeda’s new hire arrived with a lot of excess baggage and a dismal reputation from her past stints as head of the high kill Stockton and Sacramento shelters.
In her first week on the job Claerbout has been overheard complaining that there are too many rescues coming to the Baldwin Park Shelter. She has also made it known that she thinks the shelter is keeping pets alive for too long. For those who follow the plight of the networking dogs at Baldwin Park – seven dogs from the most recent list were euthanized last week – the highest number ever in the five and one half year history of our networking lists.
Someone needs to remind Ms. Claerbout that the Los Angeles Department County Department of Animal ‘Care’ and Control’s policy and procedures manual specifically states that “it is our policy that all adoptable pets be adopted.” The term ‘adoptable’ may be debatable to some people. Some might define the term as pets who aren’t sick or injured. Others might define it as pets who are not aggressive. Perhaps Ms. Claerbout’s definition can be summed up best as “pets I haven’t killed yet.”
Like all new Los Angeles County hires, Ms. Claerbout is subject to a six month probationary period during which she can be fired for any reason. We are hoping that Baldwin Park’s needlessly rising euthanasia rate and Ms. Claerbout’s apparent antipathy towards the rescue community will be protested loudly and often and lead to both her and the person who hired her being dismissed.
The best way to register your complaints is to vote for Bobby Shriver for the 3rd district Board of Supervisor’s seat, and to call your local mayor and city council members if you live in the Baldwin Park Shelter’s service area and bombard the sitting Los Angeles Board of Supervisors with written complaints demanding an investigation of how Ms. Claerbout was hired in the first place – given the results of any Google search on her name.