Last week I reported on the Baldwin Park Shelter’s hiding stray dogs from the public’s view in the facility’s fenced off, closed to the public, Building 4. There are no kennel cards for the unfortunate dogs kenneled in this isolated building and currently Champ (A4732235), a stray from our new networking list is being secreted in Building 4 with no possibility of his family ever finding him should they come to look for their dog.
However Baldwin Park is not the only County shelter secreting dogs upon the orders of Marcia Mayeda. On July 15th, a gorgeous and well trained purebred unaltered male Great Dane named Harley was found in Lynwood without a collar or microchip and assigned the impound number of A4734024, and kenneled in Building 2, one of Downey’s two buildings that are off limits to the public. Harley’s owner Nachito Meija, came to the shelter every day looking for his dog but could not find Harley as he was hidden from view. However Great Pyranees rescue, who evidently also take Great Danes into their rescue, were tipped off to his presence and put a CTA on Harley and quietly pulled him on July 23rd after his stray hold was up. Coincidentally this same rescue reportedly is the group that adopted two purebred Great Pyranees to Marcia Mayeda as her cherished personal pets.
It would have been the end of the story had our networking team not photographed Harley for their July 19th networking list and, since the dog was still an anonymous stray they named him “Magnus”. When Harley a/k/a “Magnus” was rescued his picture was posted on their Facebook page, under the caption “The Friends of the Downey Shelter are pleased to announce that Magnus has been rescued.” Nachito Meija saw this post and immediately went into action trying to get his dog back. Getting no satisfaction from the DACC who said Downey had followed the correct procedures, Meija called County Supervisor’s Gloria Molina’s office who took his side. Molina’s office called Marcia Mayeda and ordered her to return Harley to his rightful owner. Even though Mayeda knows the rescue personally, rather than pick up the phone herself, she ordered the Downey Shelter to try and reclaim the dog. At last report the shelter had left a message on the rescue’s voicemail and were waiting for a return call.
Of course Meija was negligent in not having his dog licensed and microchipped, but the real issue here is why is the DACC hiding dogs? They claim they are trying to shield dangerous dogs from the public. However many of the dogs in these buildings are not dangerous – some are strays, some are sick, and others are dogs awaiting transport. The obvious solution to appease the DACC’s safety concerns and still allow the public access to viewing these dogs is to build a clear Plexiglass barrier between the kennels and the public. Of course that would be the sensible and morally correct thing to do. But “sensible” and “morally correct” are not words in Marcia Mayeda’s vocabulary.
Next week we will be telling you about a blockbuster lawsuit that is being pursued against the DACC and Marcia Mayeda personally. The suit alleges Marcia Mayeda and the DACC were negligent when a pack of Pit Bulls mauled and killed jogger, Patricia DeVitt on May 9th, 2012 in the Lancaster suburb of Littlerock. Mayeda and the DACC tried to cover up the evidence of their misdeeds but all their efforts went for naught as a few months ago the agency’s computer logs were leaked to Ben DeVitt, the jogger’s widower. Evidence showed the DACC had been notified of the dogs’ prior attacks on people and horses and failed to impound the dogs. The DACC is trying to stonewall saying that the statute of limitations has passed on the matter, but there is an exception to the law allowing the clock to be restarted on the case when crucial evidence was withheld. If this case is permitted to go to trial the anticipated verdict could cost the County of Los Angeles and Mayeda millions of dollars and finally give the impetus for the Board of Supervisors to remove Mayeda as head of her scandal plagued agency.