Last week’s surprise dismissal of Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control (DACC) executive Patricia Learned is still reverberating around DACC headquarters. For the first time in recent memory the DACC has managed to keep a secret and the reason for Learned’s departure is still a mystery. Several unconfirmed rumors are swirling around including one suggesting that DACC leader Marcia Mayeda was able to persuade a judge to issue a search warrant, and Sheriff’s deputies subsequently tossed Learned’s home looking for secret DACC files.
Regardless of whether Learned is indeed being treated as a criminal by the DACC, the circumstances of her termination have everyone speculating. What possible secrets could Learned have that scare Marcia Mayeda? The DACC is not a top secret spy agency and other than personal information about its employees, what information are they refusing to share with the public?
Could Learned have incriminating information concerning the non-performance of Mayeda’s inner circle? We have heard rumors that the DACC’s Human Resources Department have become frustrated from being ordered to ignore abhorrent behavior and outright misconduct of certain “protected” employees. Rumors have it that these very same HR employees may be polishing their own résumés looking for new jobs from which they can go home each night with their heads held up high.
Or could Learned know about the DACC procrastinating actions against horrific hoarding situations? Last week the DACC finally staged a raid on a Lancaster hoarding situation that the agency knew about for quite a long time, and by the time they finally moved, two wolf hybrids were in such bad shape that they had to be euthanized upon intake.
Regardless, whatever Patty Learned knows and is willing to disclose is not going to be good news for Marcia Mayeda – but it could be awesome news for both those seeking justice and for the pets entrusted into Los Angeles County’s care.