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Downey Shelter Pets Urgently Need Your Help

If the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors ever showed the least bit of responsibility and audit its Department of Animal Care and Control and its director Marcia Mayeda, they would fire the DACC head for being a pathological liar.

Mayeda’s latest lie was in response to this reporter disclosure that Baldwin Park shelter staff and volunteers were complaining that the facility had run out of wet cat food for over a month and the supplies were low on wet dog food as well. Nursing mothers, puppies, kittens and seniors were not getting the nourishment they required. Consequently volunteers and staff were forced to buy food with their own money to prevent these pets from deteriorating.

We posted on the Baldwin Park Shelter Facebook page that shelter needed wet food and the public quickly responded with generous donations. Concurrently many members of the public were angered and wrote Mayeda asking why the shelter was out of food and demanding to know who was responsible.

Mayeda avoided taking responsibility by denying that there was any shortage accusing this reported of lying in an e-mail saying “(Ric Browde’s report) is completely untrue.  We have never been out of food for the animals.  While our supplier had some shipping delays, we were never out of food.  Attached are two photos of some of our food stock.”

However if this food was at a DACC warehouse it was not making it to the DACC’s shelter pets. Today Carson Kennel attendant Kat Rosales posted the following on her Facebook page:

“Hi everyone! The animal shelter I work at is in need of wet dog food/cat food donations desperately! We give our puppies, senior pets, nursing moms, and cats wet food so we do go through our supplies rather quickly! If you are able to donate a few cans of friskies or any type of wet dog food, that’d be awesome! If you’re willing to donate a little more, Walmart/Target has 32 cans of Friskies for about $13-$15 and usually Costco has wet dog food for pretty decent prices, too. Shoot me an email to my work email krosales@animalcare.lacounty.gov if you’re able to help! ”

To no one’s surprise – as usual Mayeda was lying. Her shelters are out of wet food and are relying almost entirely on donations to keep her pets alive. The reason is that Mayeda exclusively buys food from the Canidae pet food company – and Canidae is unable to fill the DACC’s orders. Rather than show leadership and buy food from another manufacturer so that the pets entrusted into her care can have the proper nourishment, Mayeda stubbornly refuses and the pets are suffering not only at Baldwin Park, but also the Carson facility.

Starving pets seem to be a theme of Mayeda’s week. Over the last three weeks, the DACC was alerted repeatedly to horses without access to water, being starved to death and in Juniper Hills.   The DACC took two weeks to respond and when they finally responded they found the complaints to be accurate and removed the horses from the property. However three days later they returned them to their owner. One of the horses died a few days later and his carcass was lying on the ground for at least four days creating a health hazard. The DACC still has not responded to new complaints about the horses nor have they explained why they would return suffering animals to their abusers.

Marcia Mayeda is morally bankrupt and unfit to run a department that claims to be in charge of animal care. She needs to be removed from her $238,000 per year job. However she will not have to fear being unemployed long. Due to her skill in lying she should be eminently qualified to  get a job offer from Donald Trump.

Downey & Baldwin Park Shelter Pets Urgently Need Your Help!

A few years ago Marcia Mayeda decided to improve the public perception of her Los Angeles County Department of Animal Control by renaming it the Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control. Judging from what is going on at her Baldwin Park facility Mayeda can thank her lucky stars that she is not subject to truth in advertising laws.

For the last two weeks there has been no wet cat food at Baldwin Park and the shelter has been rationing its wet dog food as well as supplies have dwindled. Nursing mothers and old pets were being deprived of the nutrition they needed. The lack of wet food was even more distressing to Baldwin Park’s cats, many of whom had decided they would rather starve than eat the dry cat food that the shelter provided them.

What happened to the food order? No one is sure, but the shelter is managed by Mayeda’s hire, Sheri “Goldilocks” Koenig and making sure the pets are fed properly is a major part of the ‘care’ component.

Meanwhile Baldwin Park is undergoing much needed renovations to its decrepit kennels. While the renovation is going on the facility is down one whole building, meaning that 48 kennels which can house up to 150 dogs are out of commission. Minus one quarter of its kennels Baldwin Park’s euthanization rates are understandably rising, despite the staff’s sending dogs to other county facilities. The renovation is being managed by Los Angeles County’s corrupt and inefficient Internal Services Division (ISD). ISD is the agency that has managed to charge taxpayers $200 to change a lightbulb at Baldwin Park. They also mandated that a Baldwin Park truck that needed repair be sent to their repair facility at a cost of over ten thousand dollars instead of the three thousand dollars that it would have cost at the repair shop down the street from the shelter. It is the agency that delayed the opening of the shelter’s spay/neuter clinic by approximately a year.

Volunteers report that no construction work has been performed at Baldwin Park for the past two weeks. There are 48 kennels out of use during the highest intake period of the year because of poor management. When dogs are dying for want of kennel space this is entirely unacceptable. The blame for this one cannot be laid on Mayeda’s doorstep. Instead it rests squarely on the five members of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, especially long standing member Mike Antonovich, who have permitted if not encouraged ISD to be inefficient, corrupt and lazy.

Los Angeles County taxpayers should not have their hard earned tax dollars spent on corrupt institutions, but the County Board of Supervisors condones the corruption – and more skilled reporters than this one can probably follow the money trail to see who is benefiting from the delays and cost overruns.

We can safely state that no shelter pets are receiving any benefit from it.