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.