The Fourth of July and the week leading up to it are the worst days for any Los Angeles County Animal Shelter. Because of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisor’s refusal to outright ban the sale of fireworks – which you would think would be easy to implement given their inherent fire danger combined with the severe drought conditions facing California, the areas surrounding the Downey and Baldwin Park Shelter sound like Syria at night as explosion after explosion shatters the night calm. Given the large numbers of poorly educated and poorly informed people within these shelters’ service areas there are a huge number of pets who are never allowed inside their owners houses (and most of these pets are unlicensed pets with no collars with identification tags, or microchips) that escape into the streets. The lucky ones are brought to the shelters, the less fortunate ones are hit by cars and killed or maimed.
With so many impounds shelters are filled beyond capacity – and the result is that there have been huge numbers of pets being killed in the shelters to make room for the new arrivals. Each truck full of strays coming into the shelter makes the situation grimmer.
Each week Mike Antonovich, the Republican 5th District Supervisor who has served on the BOS for 35 years, posts a picture to his website, www.antonovich.com, of him holding a dog from a Los Angeles County Shelter trying to promote adoption. Its time for Antonovich to show he actually cares about these pets and actually do something for them. He can start helping pets by proposing a ban on the sale of fireworks in his County. Then he can move onto the bigger issues – like explaining his office’s involvement in the coverup of the fatal mauling of jogger, Pamela DeVitt, and why he allows his co-conspirator Marcia Mayeda to continue her reign of error as the head of the Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control.