Sometimes we have to face the sad fact that there are a lot of scumbags who delight in torturing animals, and quite a few of them are not the head of the Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control or the longest serving member of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. On August 19th KTLA, Channel 5, in Los Angeles, reported that four dogs had been discovered in the Antelope Valley suffering from severe third degree burns, and two of them had to be euthanized. (to read the story please click here: http://ktla.com/2015/08/19/more-dogs-doused-with-acid-brought-to-lancaster-animal-shelter-two-dead/ )
On October 15th KABC, Channel 7, reported that according to Supervisor Mike Antonovich’s office, that the dogs may not have suffered intentional chemical burns, but instead could have been affected “solar thermal necrosis,” which translates as chronic sun damage. Like so many things involving pet care and safety that involve Supervisor Antonovich – including his office’s participation in the deliberate cover-up of the Pamela DeVitt fatal mauling and his blind support of the morally bankrupt and inept leader of County Animal Control head Marcia Mayeda, there is a possibility of some truth and integrity somewhere in his statement, but it strains credibility. If this indeed was the case, we should expect thousands of dogs throughout the Southland to suffer from the same sun exposure and be similarly injured. According to insiders the reason for Antonovich’s office’s statement may be disingenuous and more related to the DACC being so short-staffed that they were unable to devote the proper resources that might lead to an arrest. Because the DACC had no clues (having no clue is a Marcia Mayeda trademark) the Department and Antonovich would prefer to close the case and act as there was nothing there, rather than admit the truth that the department is so mismanaged that very few successful animal cruelty prosecutions ever occur.
While on the subject of lack of credibility, it was disclosed this past week through a freedom of information act, that Marcia Mayeda is receiving a $22,038 per year “Cafeteria Benefit”. This translates as a $60 per day assuming spread over 365 calendar days or $88 a day assuming spread over her 251 working days per year. Considering the fact that there is no cafeteria anywhere near DACC headquarters or any of its shelters, one can only think that Antonovich and his Board of Supervisors cronies are adding insult to injury by rewarding their most corrupt and inept employee and allowing her to get fat on a disingenuous bonus at the taxpayer’s expense.