The No Kill Advocacy Center, a non profit org. affiliated with Nathan Winograd, updates the lawsuit against Marcia Mayeda– Los Angeles County shelters (not Ed Boks, who is city shelter)… http://www.nokilladvocacycenter.org/campaigns/index.html
Nathan Winograd is the pioneer of the “no kill” movement and Petpac and the California Dog Federation recently sponsored Nathan down in Ventura, where Nathan presented his No kill presentation to both dog fanciers, dog club members, dog show people, and other interested parties; many dog show people are also involved in breed specific dog rescue.
The Superior Court in Los Angeles struck two blows against animal mistreatment in Los Angeles County’s animal shelters by giving plaintiffs the first two victories in their lawsuit.
This is excerpt from the site:
According to a witness of a separate incident: “I was standing by the cat building,” says an animal lover in Los Angeles, when he noticed an employee of the Los Angeles County Department of Animal Control mistreating a dog: “she started dragging that dog across the hot asphalt while the dog rolled on the ground. Not once did she look back. She just kept dragging the dog. About 30 minutes later I noticed her dragging another dog across the hot asphalt not looking back while she dragged the dog.”
A recently uncovered e-mail shows that the director of the facility has conspired to destroy evidence. In an e-mail to employees regarding a federal probe of controlled substances used to sedate and kill animals at the shelters, she wrote: “[W]e do not need a paper trail on this. Everyone, please delete these emails from your computers and empty the trash files.” Allegations are being made this not only violates county policy, it may be illegal.
*Note: The destruction of evidence [which is done to prevent the adversary from obtaining the evidence], could be considered spoliation of evidence, and if a motion was granted in that regard, it is possible that an adverse inference against the one destroying the evidence could be granted.
Background: The national No Kill Advocacy Center and two animal rescuers have jointly filed a lawsuit against Los Angeles County, its Department of Animal Care and Control, and the Department’s Director, Marcia Mayeda. The lawsuit alleges unlawful and abusive treatment of animals at all six Los Angeles County animal shelters.
Among the allegations in the 29-page complaint filed in Superior Court, the County Department of Animal Care and Control routinely:
- Kills healthy and treatable animals before their state mandated holding period expires;
- Misclassifies animals as “ill” or “injured” in order to kill them before their holding period expires even though the animals are not irremediably suffering as required by state law;
- Kills lost animals without making reasonable attempts to find the animals’ owners;
- Fails to provide adequate veterinary care to impounded animals, resulting in animal deaths;
- Fails to provide adequate nutrition, water, shelter and exercise to impounded animals and to treat the animals humanely and kindly;
- Refuses to release animals to rescue groups that are willing to care for the animals until adoptive homes can be found and, instead, kills the animals.
In addition, the County Department of Animal Care and Control unlawfully retaliates against animal rescuers and volunteers who publicize its unlawful treatment of animals.
In addition it seems that, according to the website, the legislature has attempted to eliminate the holding periods for animals in the past, so that they would revert back to 72hr. Apparently this is now an issue again. See website link above for complete information.