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DOWNEY ANIMAL CARE CENTER AND LA COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF ANIMAL CARE AND CONTROL – CLEAN UP YOUR ACT!!

Dear Board of Supervisors of LA County,

We are writing to express deep concern regarding the conditions at Downey Animal Care Shelter (part of LA County Department of Animal Care and Control), witnessed by a member of the animal rescue community on August 5. Just over half of the kennels in building 5 were covered in excrement. The individual reported that the stench of feces was overwhelming, and the dog she adopted out was covered in feces too. It is unacceptable for these animals to be wallowing in their own filth, and these conditions surely must deter adopters from visiting the shelter.

Out of the 42 kennels in building 5, 22 of the kennels were covered in feces. The witness observed the kennels being “cleaned” by the staff, which constituted a quick hose down of the outdoor portion. The feces were not picked up, and the indoor portion was not hosed down. There were piles of feces in numerous kennels where it was visibly evident that they had been there for days, and they were encrusted to the floor. Many of the animals appeared despondent. The LA County (LAC) shelters are renowned for bouts of kennel cough, and even sometimes life threatening diseases such as parvovirus; the lack of cleanliness of the kennels is not going to help to minimize the spread of disease. This is evident as the dog adopted by the witness on August 5 had Kennel Cough and also a bacterial skin infection (caused by Staphylococcus bacteria), thought by the veterinarian to be exacerbated by the unsanitary conditions at Downey shelter.

We acknowledge that there has been an improvement in the proportion of animals taken in by the LAC shelters that have been euthanized in recent years. However, with close to 100 animals killed daily within the LAC shelters, and close to a 50% rate of euthanization (for cats dogs and other breeds of animal), we feel that there is still a very long way to go in order to make these “Animal Care” shelters exemplary. With some of the senior staff within LA County Department of Animal Care and Control earning six figure salaries, and 76% of expenditure (2013/14 financial year) for this division being used for salaries and employee benefits, we feel that the animals are being let down. The shelters could be run more effectively, and offer a far more humane environment to pets.

The fact that it is tax payers’ money that is being used ineffectively in funding dilapidated and filthy shelters like Downey (which is long overdue for an overhaul, having been built in the 1940’s); where the staff are well taken care of, but the animals are not, is frustrating to say the least. The homeless pets of LA County deserve better than this.

It has been reported that complaints regarding the LA County Department of Animal Care and Control (DCACC) made to the Board of Supervisors have previously been directed back to DCACC. We implore you to work to improve the conditions at Downey and other LA County animal shelters by commissioning an INDEPENDENT investigation into the infrastructure, conditions, policies and practices within your network of shelters. (For assistance with obtaining feedback from local rescue groups, please contact: [email protected] who authored this letter). If we work together, we can achieve so much more in order to enrich the lives of homeless animals during their time at LA County shelters.

Signed,

Laura Jones

This petition closed over 4 years ago

How this will help

NOTE: To all those signing this petition for change at LA County shelters, it is very important that you also submit a complaint to the LA County Grand Jury to push for an independent investigation:

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NOTE: To all those signing this petition for change at LA County shelters, it is very important that you also submit a complaint to the LA County Grand Jury to push for an independent investigation:

http://www.lacourt.org/forms/pdf/CitizensComplaint...

The outcome of a Grand Jury investigation of OC shelters was recently made public, this is what needs to be replicated in LA County, as explained here: http://ricbrowde.com/dogrescue/?m=201506

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