This week the head of the DACC’s Human Resources department resigned. According to multiple sources, the resignation was due to her being dissatisfied with Mayeda’s squashing investigations into rampant misconduct by employees favored by the DACC Director. One of these employees is reportedly Baldwin Park Shelter manager Sheri Koenig, who was caught red handed personally adopting a purebred Yorkshire Terrier who had not been made available to the public. Koenig is so widely despised around the DACC, that two employees recently took the unusual step of filing complaints against her with the Los Angeles County Equity Oversight committee. This enables them to circumvent having their complaints heard by DACC employees reporting to Marcia Mayeda, and instead have their cases heard by independent investigators reporting directly to the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.
Meanwhile the Downey Shelter’s capable Acting Manager, Fred Agoopi was told that he was not going to be made permanent manager of the facility. The Downey Shelter had by and large run fairly smoothly under Agoopi’s stewardship, which is, as one Downey insider remarked, probably the reason Mayeda did not give Agoopi the job – as she prefers to have turmoil and dissension at her shelters – so that employees are too occupied fighting with themselves to mount a united campaign against the corrupt bureaucrat, Mayeda.
Also at Downey volunteers were told that they were no longer able to photograph and video dogs on their stray holds for their successful networking list. The DACC’s rational is that the pets do not belong to the DACC during their stray hold – and therefore for legal liability reasons cannot be taken out of their kennels by volunteers. This is of course stupid thinking on the DACC’s part, because pets are considered chattel property by the legal system and their value is set at $50. When you are a high kill facility and you have lost one kennel building for renovations, as Downey has, you would think doing anything possible to quickly move pets through the system would be optimal – but not in the dysfunctional world of Marcia Mayeda and the DACC. As a result of this asinine regulation, only 24 dogs, as opposed to the normal 40 – 60 pets, were photographed for the volunteer’s new networking list this week.
It was not all gloom and doom at the DACC. Impounds are dramatically down over the last few months, possibly due to a combination of the new spay/neuter law in El Monte and spay/neuter programs – instituted of course by private rescues rather than by Mayeda’s department.
The last bit of news is Allison Cardones, formerly of the ASPCA has been appointed the new Deputy Director in charge of the South County Shelters – Carson, Downey and Baldwin Park. She replaces Aaron Reyes who is being demoted for whistleblowing after he discovered that the DACC had failed to respond to over 5,000 calls from the public requesting emergency assistance.