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.