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The Board of Supervisors Needs to Supervise & the Downey and Baldwin Park Shelters’ Pets Need Your Help!

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The unprecedented events leading to the dismissal of Pat “Google Me” Claerbout as Baldwin Park’s shelter manager should leave the management team at the Los Angeles Department of Animal Care and Control (DACC) quaking in their boots. For the first time in recent history, the taxpayers of Los Angeles County and the employees of its shelter system woke up the slumbering Board of Supervisors and forced them to pay attention to the mismanagement of the DACC. A clear message was delivered to DACC head Marcia Mayeda that the rampant misconduct fostered, if not outright encouraged by her regime will no longer be tolerated.

Claerbout has been reassigned to a desk job in Norwalk, or DACC Siberia, where she will have no contact with pets, while she awaits the completion of an investigation into her actions being conducted by the Los Angeles County government’s Human Resources Department. It is significant that Claerbout is being investigated by the County’s HR department rather than by the DACC’s internal HR staff as it shows the Board of Supervisor’s lack of faith in the agency’s ability to not be manipulated and corrupted by Marcia Mayeda.

Besides bringing joy to everyone who works and volunteers at Baldwin Park, Claerbout’s removal has caused the DACC to shuffle its leadership. Danny Ubario, who has done an outstanding job since taking over Downey, has been appointed Baldwin Park Shelter manager and his capable Lieutenant, Maria Rosales has taken over the Downey shelter manager position. Both are technically on temporary assignment in their new positions due to county rules dictating that until Claerbout is formally fired, she will on paper keep the job description of Baldwin Park manager and collect the position’s salary– – despite having being relieved of her command. Gayle Miley, Claerbout’s abusive number two (who briefly managed Baldwin Park on an interim basis), has submitted her thirty days notice and will be retiring from the DACC.   Pending her retirement Miley has been assigned to DACC’s headquarters in Long Beach.

It is our fervent hope that the Board of Supervisors remain awake and aware and continue to pay attention to the demands of its taxpayers and DACC employees. The widespread cancer of corruption that permeates the DACC leadership has not been cured by Claerbout’s removal.   Marcia Mayeda was certainly aware of Claerbout’s history of being dismissed for cause at her previous jobs in Stockton and Sacramento yet she hired her.   Mayeda’s lies to the Board of Supervisors have heretofore gone unchallenged by the Board. Her misconduct – which has left the County vulnerable to a potential multi-million dollar verdict in the case of DeVitt vs. the County of Los Angeles and Marcia Mayeda – is both shocking and perverse.

If the Board of Supervisors was surprised by the anger that motivated over 75 percent of Baldwin Park’s staff to risk retaliation by signing a petition demanding Pat Claerbout’s removal they will be even more startled if 90 percent of the DACC employees take Baldwin Park’s lead and make their opinions known by signing a petition demanding that Marcia Mayeda be immediately terminated.

It is time for the Board of Supervisors to listen to employees and citizens. Marcia Mayeda needs to be held accountable for her reign of error and fired. Anything less than Mayeda’s departure is going to eventually blow up in the Board’s face and cause the taxpayers to pay with their wallets and the pets entrusted to the DACC’s care to pay with their lives.

 

 

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Ding Dong the Witch is Dead…

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What with the developments of the last two weeks, Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control Director Marcia Mayeda must feel like a piece of waste caught in a vortex inexorably being sucked down a toilet drain.

By now many of you are aware that Mayeda was forced to terminate her prized hire, Pat Claerbout, as head of the Baldwin Park Shelter, after the shelter’s staff and volunteers as well as the public came together to demand Claerbout’s removal. Claerbout had previously been dismissed from her positions running Stockton and Sacramento’s shelter systems for her sadistic and often illegal actions. Mayeda certainly was aware of Claerbout’s reputation and hired her with her eyes wide open. A leopard does not change its spots and her actions as head of the Baldwin Park Shelter cannot have come as a surprise to anyone. Marcia Mayeda needs to be held accountable for this.

In equally stunning but not quite as sexy news, Mayeda was finally forced to comply with at least one of the terms of the Hayden act and is now immediately turning over dominant breed pets to rescues, without subjecting them to temperament tests. In the past dominant breed dogs were locked in their kennels waiting days, if not weeks, to be tested – by DACC employees with no special qualifications – to determine if they were “suitable for placement” despite the Hayden act’s mandate that any 501c3 rescue be allowed to take a pet regardless of temperament. For each day a dominant breed dog lingered in the kennels between three and five anonymous dogs would be killed for lack of kennel space. It was this very issue that initially caused me to become a shelter activist six years ago. Thousands of pets were needlessly killed because of Mayeda’s open defiance of the law.

To add to Mayeda’s woes, the lawsuit DeVitt vs Los Angeles County and Marcia Mayeda is soon going to be tried in Superior Court. The case concerns the fatal mauling of jogger Pamela DeVitt by a pack of dogs who Mayeda and the DACC had failed to impound despite repeated complaints from local residents. In the criminal trial against the dogs’ owner, Alex Jackson, the Assistant District Attorney stated “Animal Control clearly dropped the ball in this case.” Not only did the DACC drop the ball they tried to hide it. This lawsuit is not a referendum on Pit Bulls. It is about outright lies to the Board of Supervisors, falsified evidence and an attempt to cover up negligence which resulted in an entirely preventable death. The evidence shows a conspiracy at the highest level of the DACC to hide the true facts and tell outright lies – which has been the trademark of the agency under Marcia Mayeda.

Claerbout is gone, but we need to remember that she was merely a minion of Marcia Mayeda. It is time for Marcia Mayeda to be removed as the head of the DACC so we can begin the process of having a humane, responsible and responsive Department of Animal Care and Control.  It wasn’t that difficult to get over 75 percent of Baldwin Park’s employees to sign a petition to demand Claerbout’s removal.  It will be even easier to get 75 percent of the DACC employees throughout the shelter system to sign a petition demanding Mayeda’s removal.

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Baldwin Park and Downey Pets Urgently Need Your Help

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When Marcia Mayeda, Los Angeles County’s head of Animal Control, hired her friend Pat Claerbout to run the Baldwin Park facility everyone knew she was hiring a ticking time bomb. Anyone with access to Google knew there were multiple allegations that Claerbout was a serial animal abuser and it wasn’t a matter of ‘if’ but only a matter of ‘when’ the bomb would explode.

Last week the bomb exploded. Over 75 percent of Baldwin Park’s employees signed and submitted to the Department of Animal Control’s Human Resources Department a petition demanding that Claerbout be removed. Three quarters of the shelter’s employees were willing to risk retaliation to make their dissatisfaction with the head who is described by Mayeda as being “innovative”. Word of mouth says many other staff members wanted to sign but felt too intimidated.

Also last week a distraught Spanish speaking family showed up at the Baldwin Park Shelter with their beloved Cocker Spaniel. The dog had gone into seizures and was immediately rushed to a private veterinarian who told them any possible treatment would cost between $1,000 and $1,500. Because this was beyond the family’s financial wherewithal, the vet directed them to Baldwin Park where the ASPCA had instituted a program to provide financial assistance for low income families with veterinary needs. The family arrived at Baldwin Park and explained their plight to the shelter’s impound clerk who told them that the ASPCA representative would be arriving shortly and they were welcome to wait at the ASPCA booth in front of the shelter.

Their dog was clearly in bad shape, and the family was crying as they waited for the ASPCA. According to multiple witnesses, this drew the ire of Claerbout who complained loudly to staff members that these people should not be in front of the shelter in this condition because it was bad for the shelter’s image. Claerbout ordered the facility’s impound clerk to impound the dog, even though the family had not legally relinquished their pet. Then Claerbout went out and grabbed the dog from the family telling them she was going to take him to the shelter veterinarian. Claerbout took the dog to the back of the shelter and ordered the veterinary staff to kill him. While Baldwin Park’s medical staff agreed that the dog should be put down, they quickly recognized that the family had not relinquished the dog to the shelter and euthanizing him would be both illegal and immoral, and therefore refused to kill him – apparently unbeknownst to Claerbout.

While this drama was playing out a Baldwin Park officer went out to console the family. The family tearfully said they realized the dog was in bad shape and wanted to take their pet to an outside veterinarian so the pet could die with dignity amongst his loved ones. Claerbout returned and, seeing the officer talking to the family, asked them, “What are you still doing here?” When the officer explained that they wanted to be with their pet, Claerbout replied “It’s just a shot – the same as a veterinarian would give.”

The officer reminded Claerbout that she could not legally kill a dog that hadn’t been surrendered to the shelter. Claerbout, who had already ordered the dog killed, became agitated with the officer and ordered her to secure the relinquishment form. The officer reluctantly informed the family of the dog’s medical situation and persuaded them to sign the form.

Claerbout’s actions were illegal and a violation of department policy. There may have been racial overtones – several people wondered whether she would have treated the family the same way if they were white, educated and spoke English. Her actions were heartless and insensitive and, according to policy and procedure warrant at minimum a 15 day suspension without pay. This case warrants stronger sanctions and possible criminal prosecution.

Marcia Mayeda’s judgment and motives in hiring Claerbout are questionable. Allegations that Marcia Mayeda lied to the Board of Supervisors in open session and instituted a coverup in the fatal Pamela DeVitt mauling have been raised in the case of DeVitt vs Los Angeles County and Marcia Mayeda . This may go beyond Mayeda as there is some evidence that the Board of Supervisors, specifically the office of Mike Antonovich, knew Mayeda was lying and at best did nothing and at worst condoned if not outright sanctioned it.

E-mails and calls to the Board of Supervisors have generated canned responses claiming the Board takes the allegations seriously and cannot comment on an ongoing investigation. Current procedure is that complaints about the Department of Animal Care and Control are sent to Mayeda for resolution. There is evidence of corruption involving Mayeda and we urge the Board of Supervisors to appoint an independent investigator in this matter. We also call on the Board of Supervisors to suspend both Claerbout and Mayeda with pay pending completion of the investigation as there is a real and immediate risk that witnesses will be intimidated and the investigation compromised if they remain actively employed. It is time for the Board of Supervisors to take responsibility and answer to the public.

Meanwhile “Google Me” Claerbout is trying to cut down the number of pets included on the Baldwin Park volunteers’ networking list and also shorten the hold times they are given – despite the fact that historically this networking list has had a 97 percent live release rate – a rate which was even higher before Claerbout arrived. The live release rate for the facility as a whole is down to 79 percent for dogs and only 18 percent for cats – yet Claerbout wants to lower the pets exposure. Anything you can do to help by adopting, rescuing or networking these highly deserving pets is appreciated and urgently needed.

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BALDWIN PARK SHELTER EMPLOYEES DEMAND PAT “GOOGLE ME” CLAERBOUT BE REMOVED!

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On the morning of May 18th a distraught Spanish speaking family showed up at the Baldwin Park Shelter with their beloved Cocker Spaniel. The dog had gone into seizures and was immediately rushed to a private veterinarian who told them any possible treatment would cost between $1,000 and $1,500.   Because this was beyond the family’s financial wherewithal, the vet directed them to  Baldwin Park where the ASPCA had instituted a program to provide financial assistance to help low income families with veterinary needs.   The family arrived at Baldwin Park and explained their plight to the shelter’s impound clerk who told them that the ASPCA representative would be arriving shortly and they were welcome to wait at the ASPCA booth in front of the shelter.

Their dog was clearly in bad shape, and the family was crying as they waited for the ASPCA.   According to multiple witnesses, this drew the ire of Pat “Google Me” Claerbout who complained loudly to staff members that these people should not be in front of the shelter in this condition because it was bad for the shelter’s image. Claerbout ordered the facility’s impound clerk to impound the dog, even though the family had not legally relinquished their pet.   Then Claerbout went out and grabbed the dog from the family telling them that she was going to take him to the shelter veterinarian.   Claerbout took the dog to the back of the shelter and ordered the veterinary staff to kill him, even though the shelter had not secured his custody.   While Baldwin Park’s medical staff agreed that the dog should be put down, they quickly recognized that there was no signed relinquishment form. and to do so without the document would be both illegal and immoral, and therefore refused to kill him – apparently unbeknownst to Claerbout.

While this drama was playing out a Baldwin Park officer went out to console the family. The family tearfully said they realized the dog was in bad shape and wanted to take their pet to an outside veterinarian so the pet could die with dignity amongst his loved ones. Claerbout returned and upon seeing the officer talking to the family asked them, “What are you still doing here?” . When the officer explained that they wanted to be with their pet, Claerbout replied   “It’s just a shot – the same as a veterinarian would give.”

The officer explained to Claerbout that Baldwin could not legally kill the dog, without having the dog relinquished first. Claerbout became agitated with the officer and ordered her to secure the relinquishment form, as she had already ordered the dog killed.  Reluctantly the officer informed the family of the dog’s medical situation and persuaded them to sign the form.

Claerbout’s creating an impound number for the dog without a relinquishment form was clearly illegal and a violation of department policy. Her actions were heartless and insensitive – and according to policy and procedures warrant a minimum of a 15 day suspension without pay – but in this case should garner far worse sanctions – possibly rising to the level of criminal prosecution.

A petition calling for the Department of Animal Care and Control to remove Claerbout for this and other abuses of  the law, her employees, the public and most importantly the pets entrusted into her care, was circulated amongst the Baldwin Park Staff, and over 75 percent of the employees signed.   This unprecedented petition has been turned over to the Department of Human Resources at the DACC.

There is no way for the Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control  (DACC) to save face here.   Pat Claerbout has been publicly labeled a progressive and innovative leader by Marcia Mayeda, the head of the DACC.   Claerbout’s two previous employers, the cities of Stockton and Sacramento strongly disagree.  Had Mayeda used Google or done any due diligence she would have realized she was hiring a ticking time bomb.  The bomb has predictably exploded.  Hopefully this will cause the Los Angeles Board of Supervisors to actually perform the job they were elected to and exert some supervisory authority over the DACC and  see them immediately remove both Claerbout and  Mayeda whose  judgement clearly cannot be trusted and whose actions cannot be justified.

For those members of the public who would like to add their voices to those calling for Claerbout’s and Mayeda’s dismissal here is the contact information for the five members of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors:

Mike Antonovich:  fifthdistrict@lacbos.org
Mark Ridley-Thomas – markridley-thomas@bos.lacounty.gov
Sheila Kuehl: sheila@bos.lacounty.gov
Hilda L. Solis:  firstdistrict@bos.lacounty.gov
Don Knabe :  don@lacbos.org

 

UPDATE

As pressure mounted from an angry Baldwin Park staff and the public, Pat “Google Me” Claerbout responded by retailiating against Baldwin Park’s pets! For the last seven years pets included in the Baldwin Park “Shelter” networking list have been given automatic 10 day holds so that they could be adopted. Claerbout has now decreed that only 20 networking pets can receive holds – despite a 97 percent adoption rate since the networking list was instituted (it would be an even higher number if we took out the year Claerbout has been at Baldwin Park) The normal live release rate on dogs at Baldwin is 79 percent and on cats a miserable 18 percent on cats. Why would Claerbout destroy her number one most effective tool at getting pets out of her facility? Please note that the Downey Shelter which also has a networking program which was cloned from Baldwin Park’s has no such restrictions. Pat “Google Me” Claerbout is a serial abuser of animals and needs to be removed from any position where she comes into contact with pets. Please make your opinions heard by contacting your elected Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors;

Mike Antonovich: fifthdistrict@lacbos.org
Mark Ridley-Thomas – markridley-thomas@bos.lacounty.gov
Sheila Kuehl: sheila@bos.lacounty.gov
Hilda L. Solis: firstdistrict@bos.lacounty.gov
Don Knabe : don@lacbos.org

 

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Downey and Baldwin Park Shelter Pets Need Your Help

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It is 20.75 miles between the Downey Shelter and it’s sister facility in Baldwin Park. However in terms of attitude and concern for the pets in their care it may as well be light years.   Whereas the philosophy at Downey that radiates from its manager, Danny Ubario and his capable number two, Maria Rosales on down the chain of command is “you need to give me a good reason to kill a pet”, at Baldwin Park it is “you need to give me a good reason not to kill a pet.”

This point was driven home last week when Oliver, A4808314, an eager to please two year old white Pit Bull who had originally been adopted from Downey at the NKLA event was returned to Baldwin Park because his adopters did not realize you had to walk and take care of their pet.   At Baldwin Park, Oliver quickly won fans amongst the facility’s volunteers and they chose to include him on their networking list which for the last seven years has given a dog a ten day safety hold for him/her to be adopted. However Oliver is a vivacious and happy dog who wags his tail so enthusiastically whenever he sees people, that within the confines of Baldwin Park’s narrow kennels his tail was injured and started bleeding from striking the wall too hard.   Rather than react by going “Wow what a fabulous, highly companionable, highly adoptable dog,” like most people, Pat “Google Me” Claerbout decided this was a reason to kill Oliver and told the volunteers that his hold was being prematurely removed.

Baldwin’s volunteers were outraged and thankfully their Downey counterparts came to Oliver’s rescue and had the amazing dog transferred back to the progressive shelter – from where he will soon hopefully adopted.

Had this been an isolated instance one could perhaps excuse it as “Google Me” having a bad hair day.   But unfortunately this is daily life – and death at Baldwin Park.  Baldwin Park has 192 dog kennels. Baldwin Park has 197 dogs listed on its website, and over half of these dogs are classified as being small. Small dogs generally share kennels, either two or three to a run and sometimes up to four.   There was a plethora of empty kennels, yet “Google Me” was observed by volunteers walking through Baldwin’s buildings and designating dogs for death. At Baldwin, Claerbout apparently kills for sport not for exigency.

Meanwhile in a universe far away at Downey, the shelter was in overdrive trying to save all its dogs. Dealt a body blow by the Heigl Foundations’ decision to abandon transports – the shelter was on the phone trying to solicit replacement transports for their pets – and given Downey’s much deserved reputation as a rescue friendly shelter many of the big transporters are eagerly trying to fill the void.

Unfortunately Oliver and other pets don’t chose which facility they enter when they are discarded or found as strays, but we are sure that if they did, they wouldn’t chose Baldwin Park.

Marcia Mayeda knew exactly what she was getting when she hired “Google Me” Claerbout as manager of her once flagship shelter. We can only assume that Mayeda is proud of Claerbout’s  innovatively poor performance, which would make me worry if I was doing my job well – like Downey’s management definitely is.

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Baldwin Park & Downey Pets Urgently Need Your Help!

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Four years ago former Baldwin Park shelter manager Lance Hunter, brought 100 pets to the two day NKLA super adoption event. Each of the 100 pets was adopted or rescued at the well advertised and attended festival. Every subsequent year Baldwin Park was there for both days, and although they never again matched their record of 100 adopted/rescued pets, each year they were happily able to drive home with empty trucks and over 60 pets adopted or rescued. Baldwin Park, then the flagship shelter of the Los Angeles County Department of Animal Control was the subject of jealousy within the DACC, and more than one county shelter manager as well as its incredibly untalented Deputy Director Derek Brown complained that Baldwin Park had unfairly raised the bar too high for the other county shelters and accused Hunter of grandstanding.

This past week there was certainly no grandstanding by Baldwin Park. Despite the facility having 222 dogs and 139 cats listed as being impounded at Baldwin Park, manager Pat “Google Me” Claerbout decreed that Baldwin would skip Saturday and bring only 10 dogs and 10 cats or 5 percent of her facility’s population for the Sunday session.  On Sunday Baldwin managed to adopt seven dogs and 10 cats.  Meanwhile the well run and rescue friendly Downey Shelter showed up both days bringing sixty of their shelter’s pets – nineteen percent of its shelter population – all of whom were adopted.

When asked why Baldwin was bringing so few pets and only showing up for one day, “Google Me” Claerbout replied that it was due to staff shortages – which was of course, as are most things coming out of Claerbout’s mouth, a lie.   There are the same number of employees assigned to Baldwin Park this year as have been toiling there in previous years.  The difference is when the facility was well run and deserved to use the sobriquets “shelter” or “Care Center” – terms which cannot ever be applied to a Claerbout run gulag – the shelter’s former manager could rely upon a huge volunteer corps who were more than happy to help out at this landmark event as well as all other mobile adoptions. After having had her volunteers humiliated at last fall’s Nuts to Mutts super adoption event, Claerbout has so few volunteers – most of whom cannot stand being in proximity to her – that she may indeed have had a shortage of people. However from doing many mobile adoptions when I was a Baldwin volunteer, I can tell you that with five volunteers – not to mention three or four staff members, you can easily bring thirty pets to an adoption event.

After months of denying the public access to her facility’s cattery, Claerbout has finally allowed people back in. This welcome news is tempered by Baldwin Park’s stunningly high 82 percent euthanasia rate for its cats. This week there were only four cats photographed for the new Baldwin Park networking list, despite there being 156 felines at the facility as of this writing.   The reason? “Google Me” has decreed that Baldwin Park’s volunteers are not allowed to photograph felines who have not been at Baldwin Park for 14 days. Given the fact that the average hold for cats is between the minimum four days and one week before they are killed, not many cats become eligible to have their photographs taken. Since its inception in 2009 the adoption rate of cats featured on the Baldwin Park networking list has been over 80 percent, highlighted by 2012’s performance of a 92 percent adoption rate. We can’t understand what harm would come from photographing the facility’s cats prematurely. Is she denying the cats their best chance to be seen and adopted because of some sort of twisted Kafkaesque rationale revolving around her not wanting anyone to notice she is slaughtering cats in stunning numbers?

The truth is that Pat Claerbout doesn’t care about the animals entrusted in her care  regardless of species– as she proved by ordering the death of a volunteer favourite Snoop A4804156, a one year old Pit Bull puppy who had perfect temperament scores and who was supposed to attend NKLA and instead of enjoying Sunday in the sun at the La Brea tar pits was dragged to the back of the shelter and given a Marcia Mayeda cocktail – a lethal injection of sedatives. Snoops body was placed in a barrel of dead dogs inside a freezer and now awaits shipment to a rendering plant where the carcass will be boiled and the fat used to produce lipstick and other cosmetics.

As one Baldwin Park staff member muttered, “at least there will never be a lipstick shortage in Los Angeles – as long as Claerbout keeps her f@cking job.”

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Baldwin Park and Downey Pets Urgently Need Your Help

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The social media can be a blessing and a curse, as anyone hiding behind a computer can start a rumor and if it gets enough shares and comments people will believe it to be true.   Last week there was frantic Facebook chatter and resulting e-mails going around claiming that Pat “Google Me” Claerbout, was about to euthanize all the dogs in Building 3 at the Baldwin Park Pet Gulag often inaccurately described as either the Baldwin Park “Shelter” or Baldwin Park Animal “Care” Center.   Although “Google Me” worked diligently to gain fame as the butcher of Stockton and Sacramento, which made the resulting e-mail somewhat believable, this was a false alarm started by people who have never been to Baldwin Park and most likely have never spoken to anyone at the poorly run facility.

It forced me into a surreal position of having to defend “Google Me” Claerbout as I patiently explained to the plethora of hysterical e-mails and phone calls I received that anyone who calls the listed phone number for the Baldwin Park facility is directed to the call center located in the back of the Downey Shelter.   The call center employees do not have access to who is going to be killed on any particular day – they only can see the “due out” date, which is the first day a pet is eligible to be killed. At Baldwin Park and Downey right now more than 50 percent of the pets are past their due out date, but are not being killed. A “due out’ date does not mean that a pet is necessarily going to be killed on that date.

Nearly everyone, except for the chumps at the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors knows that Pat “Google Me” Claerbout is a horrific shelter manager who should never have been hired.   She was most likely given her job by Los Angeles Animal Control boss Marcia Mayeda so that DACC critics would stop focusing on Mayeda’s pitiful leadership and instead transfer our anger to Claerbout.

There is indeed plenty to hate and fear about Claerbout, but before people go on a tangent they need to do some research and check the authority of their sources. Otherwise you end up misinformed, manipulated and hysterical – like watchers of Fox news.

 

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Downey and Baldwin Park Pets Urgently Need Your Help!

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According to Merriam Webster’s dictionary, the noun ‘care’ is defined as ‘things that are done to keep someone healthy, safe, etc.’ . Several years ago, Marcia Mayeda, the head of Los Angeles County’s Animal Care and Control department (DACC) rebranded her facilities as “Care Centers”. The Bureau of Consumer Protection – a department of the Federal Trade Commission whose task it is to stop unfair, deceptive and fraudulent business practices – should shut Mayeda and company down for outright fraud.

Although they have several wonderful veterinarians and RVT’s on staff, the quality of medical ‘care’ given the poor animals impounded at Mayeda’s facilities is beyond abysmal. Basically the only diagnostic equipment available to County veterinarians is a stethoscope and parvo and heartworm snap tests. If a dog is suffering from a broken bone, there are no x-ray facilities. Los Angeles City, a shelter system which is not known for being progressive by any means, has x-ray facilities and blood analysis machines. The County shelters’ only option is to send these pets to outside veterinarians for treatment where they have authorization to get $75 in medical services. Anyone walking into a veterinary clinic knows $75 won’t get you much. Marcia Mayeda defends this practice by saying shelter managers can authorize up to $300 in treatment, but her managers only work 40 hour weeks, never on nights and weekends, when most injured animals come in. Pets routinely die for lack of properly equipped medical facilities… and we haven’t even gotten into the fact that Mayeda refuses to schedule veterinarians to work in her shelters on weekends! Downey, Baldwin Park, Lancaster and Carson each have two vets on staff, but both veterinarians work Monday – Friday, instead of one working Sunday to Thursday and the other Tuesday through Saturday. If a sick or injured pet comes in on the weekend it suffers and waits for medical care – as RVTs are not allowed to prescribe medication. Often the pet, if she/he has a communicable disease, infects other animals in the shelter.

In other DACC news Castaic staff and volunteers are reporting that the shelter is killing purely for time rather than space, and adoptable, friendly pets are being killed even when there is ample kennel space – a practice mirrored by Pat “Google Me” Claerbout at Baldwin Park. Thankfully Agoura and Downey’s managers have taken a more humane stand and are only authorizing killing pets for temperament, sickness or kennel space.

Los Angeles County’s pets are not receiving proper care in their shelter system. It is an affront to both human dignity and the English language for Marcia Mayeda to use the word ‘care’ in calling her department the Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control.

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Baldwin Park and Downey Pets Need Your Help!

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David Hou, of the Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control’s Human Resources Department, may be the agency’s hardest working executive.   His job is to investigate department employees’ misdeeds as long as said misdeeds are not perpetrated by his superiors Marcia Mayeda and her chief deputy Derek Brown.  We’ve heard reports that his desk is perpetually lined with yellow sticky notes outlining complaints about various DACC employees.

Last week we imagine there must have been a big yellow sticky note with the name Gayle Miley on it. Several years ago Miley was the Agoura Shelter manager. She was reportedly removed from that post after multiple complaints about her penchant for screaming at her staff in public and for her forcibly blocking an officer from leaving her office.   Miley was subsequently transferred back to DACC headquarters where she was put in charge of the call center. According to call center employees, Miley learned very little from her Agoura experience and continued her tempestuous behavior there.

In April of 2014 Marcia Mayeda, the disastrous head of the Los Angeles Department of Animal Care and Control, appointed Miley acting head of the Baldwin Park Shelter. As Baldwin Park’s acting manager, Miley endeared herself to employees by shutting herself in her office and taking naps at her desk, somehow failing to notice that there was a back window where she could be observed slumped over her desk.  When she woke up she would frequently rage out of control at employees and volunteers – causing them to try to avoid her at all times.

A few months later Mayeda decided to further demoralize Baldwin Park’s staff and volunteers by hiring Pat “Google Me” Claerbout – the poster girl for retrogressive and high kill shelter management – to run the Baldwin Park facility. Miley was given the number two job at Baldwin Park.

This past week visitors to Baldwin Park were treated to another Miley performance as she publicly berated a popular veteran Baldwin Park kennel attendant for trying to halt a dog adoption to a person the attendant reasonably believed to be at best unable to adequately care for the pet, and at worst a potential animal abuser.   Not only did Miley scream at the employee, she also barred her from conducting interviews of potential adopters for dominant breed dogs – interviews this employee has been performing for the last five years.

The DACC mandates that potential adopters of dominant breeds – Pit Bulls, Chow Chows, Staffordshire Terriers, Rottweilers, Jindos etc, be interviewed and approved before allowing these pets to be placed.   Today at the Baldwin Park “Shelter” there are 67 Pit Bulls and 3 Rottweilers and many of them have adoption applications. Due to Miley’s new edict, which must have been endorsed by her bosses, “Google Me” Claerbout and Marcia Mayeda, only supervisors can conduct dominant breed interviews. Supervisors are already overworked and do not have much time to conduct these interviews. As a result potential adopters of these dominant breed dogs are waiting – two weeks in some cases – before being called in for adoption interviews. During the delay, these wanted animals sit at Baldwin Park taking up valuable kennel space which should be available for other dogs, who are often killed for lack of kennel space. Meanwhile the would-be adopters often get tired of waiting and go to Craigslist or backyard breeders to get a dog and the adoption falls through.

In a public relations move a few years ago, the DACC changed the name of their facilities from ‘shelters’ to ‘animal care centers”.   Thankfully truth in advertising laws do not apply because we can only imagine how few people would want to adopt from the “Baldwin Park Pet Concentration Camp and Employee Abuse Center”.

We hope David Hou gets back into his car and makes yet another trip to Baldwin Park and removes the management team of Gayle Miley and Pat “Google Me” Claerbout.

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Downey & Baldwin Park Shelter Pets Urgently Need Your Help!

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Every week for the last six years I have sent out the latest networking list from the Downey and Baldwin Park branches of the Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control accompanied by a short update on the mismanagement of the DACC by its feckless leader Marcia Mayeda. Usually there has been some new scandal, act of wanton stupidity, or example of stagnant bureaucratic inertia to report.

This week however has been somewhat different. There hasn’t been a new scandal or wanton act of disregard for a specific pet’s well being to report and we’re grateful for that. However the same issues continue to plague the noxious toxic waste dump that is the DACC’s leadership. There aren’t enough volunteers, or free labor, because management is too lazy and inertia bound to schedule training classes. The shelters are understaffed because Marcia Mayeda insists that too many qualified officers sit on their collective rear ends at the DACC headquarters doing nothing more than answering their glorious leader’s telephones – and there are too many impounds of pets because their leader has not been an effective proponent of spay/neuter legislation in the various communities her department serves.

Mayeda is a civil servant serving at the pleasure of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.  With her abysmal track record, there is only one predictable outcome for this ineffective leader.  The Board of Supervisors will give her a raise, keeping with their tradition of rewarding corruption and incompetency.

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