Last week, Baldwin Park staff and volunteers received a newsletter from their shelter manager, Sheri Koenig. Like most communications from any DACC official, it was full of boring banal tripe, until it got to the last paragraph where Koenig wrote:
“if anyone has any suggestions on improvements for our care center (sic), please feel free to see me.”
I’m not sure how many comments Koenig received from her readers, but I certainly received quite a few from Baldwin Park’s staff and volunteers . Feeling that Ms. Koenig would either pay no attention to, or retaliate against, them if they expressed their opinions directly to her they asked me to convey their thoughts via this blog.
One staff member e-mailed, “how about stop contradicting yourself by telling everyone how pro-adoption/rescue you are one minute, and then ordering us to go pull (pets to be killed) the next minute when we have a shitload of empty kennels.”
A volunteer suggested, “you say it is ‘our care center” If it indeed is our ‘care center’ that means we should have some say in who runs it, and in that case you should resign immediately and let someone who wants to help save animals run it.”
Those were just some of the printable ones. I received two e-mails suggesting that Ms. Koenig do something which is biologically impossible and then cease living – and heard from several other Baldwin Park people who expressed similar sentiments.
Why the discontent? Well, it was not a particularly happy holiday at Baldwin Park after Koenig ordered her staff, on December 24th, to celebrate Christmas by killing fifteen cats despite having a plethora of empty cat kennels. Perhaps fearing that she would be perceived as discriminating against felines, Koenig followed it up by snuffing out the lives of eighteen dogs (including a four month old German Shepherd puppy) on December 26th – despite having over thirty empty dog kennels. Koenig’s excuse for bumping off the cats was they had overstayed their time (generally on average less than ten days) while for the dogs it was that she was “unable to kennel” them.
As one disgruntled staff member explained “It (expletive deleted) sucks here. I thought I was hired to provide care and save lives, not to kill just to save money on pet food.” Another Baldwin Park staffer added, “At least with Google Me Claerbout (Baldwin’s disgraced former shelter manager who was driven out of the shelter last Spring) everyone knew she was just pure evil. With Goldilocks (Koenig’s nickname) she is either stupid, incompetent or a liar, or a combination of all three, you just never know. What I think is that Marcia (Mayeda) is mad at us for organizing to get rid of Claerbout, and this is her way of exacting revenge against us.”
Facts speak louder than words. Koenig should be removed from her job, as should Marcia Mayeda, the morally challenged head of the Los Angeles County Department of Animal Control, who once again proved if there is a bad decision to be made – she is just the person to make it.