For Immediate Release
August 30, 2008
Irvine, CA – Irvine citizen Ry an O ls han appealed to the California Attorney General's Office today to investigate the County of Los Angeles. Under the leadership of Department Director Marcia Mayeda, the Department of Animal Care and Control has continued to engage in alleged violations of Department and Board of Supervisor policy and procedure and State and Federal law. The most blatant alleged violations of the law and policy and procedure include:
- Causing animals unnecessary suffering, sickness, and death
- Not providing animals with proper medical care
- Not providing animals with adequate nutrition, shelter, exercise, and water
- Not treating animals kindly and humanely
- Routine failure to hold employees accountable
- Retaliating against employees, volunteers, and members of the public for exposing patterns of neglect.
"I'm aware of another incident where Mayeda instructed staff to delete emails and empty their trash files so they don't leave a paper trail," stated O ls han. "I informed Mr. Fujioka of this and so far he has shown no interest in investigating this new allegation."
"In 2006-2007, Dr. Dena Mangiamele conducted an audit of the Department," said O ls han. "Many of her findings were both disturbing and shocking. Dr. Mangiamele noted that the Department possessed only one controlled substance certificate for all 6 shelters, employees falsified controlled substance logs, inaccurate and non-compliant controlled substance logs, and controlled substances not stored pursuant to Title 21 Code of Federal Regulations Section 1301.75. All of this is in violation of Federal law. Dr. Mangiamele also witnessed a conscious unanesthetized cat that was euthanized by intracardiac injection, which is a violation of California Penal Code Section 597, and she noticed several animals that were irremediably suffering and were subjected to further pain and suffering by not being euthanizing immediately, and instead were subjected to a 4 day hold period. Dr. Mangiamele's report also notes that non-certified employees were performing euthanasia and unregistered veterinary technicians were inducing anesthesia."
A copy of Dr. Mangiamele's report can be downloaded from the LA County DACC Watch Blog at http://lacdacc.blogspot.com.