Date: Thu, Jan 29, 2009 at 9:32 PM
Subject: A Wish for Animals
To: Diane Reagan
Dear Diane Reagan:
This email is in response to Patricia Learned’s January 27, 2009 response to PR019. Regarding A Wish For Animals and Toni Eakes, the letter stated, “We have no records relating to the Acton address; the Laguna Niguel location is not in our jurisdiction; and we have no records regarding this individual.”
In an email dated July 3, 2008, Marcia Mayeda stated, “I made an unannounced visit to A Wish For Animals this morning. . . . The reasons for delays in the permitting for this facility have to do with the processes required by Regional Planning and Building and Safety.” If Marcia visited the AWFA on July 3rd, why was there no report regarding their visit produced responsive to my Public Records Act request? Was this visit as real as the Department’s multi-year department improvement program established in 2001? Furthermore, if Toni Eakes was in the process of obtaining a permit, why were there no records responsive to my request such as a kennel license application?
The Department of Animal Care and Control knowingly allowed Toni Eakes to act in violation of County Code §§ 10.20.030, 10.20.370(A), 10.28.020, 10.28.060(A), and 10.40.100. How are you going to hold the Department accountable for doing so?
The rescue community is blind copied on this email so that they can blast and cross-post the Department’s incompetence in dealing with AWFA in violation of County Code. I have also openly copied everyone copied on Marcia Mayeda’s July 3, 2008 email.
County Code Legend
· § 10.08.120 defines a dog as “any dog of any age, including female as well as male.”
· § 10.08.130 defines a dog kennel as “any lot, building, structure, enclosure or premises whereupon or wherein four or more dogs, over four months of age, are kept or maintained for any purpose, including places where dogs are boarded, kept for sale, or kept for hire.”
· § 10.20.030 requires “every person owning or having custody or control of any dog . . . over the age of four months in the unincorporated territory of the county of Los Angeles . . . [to] obtain a license from the director for each of such dogs . . . and shall pay the fees for such licenses as set forth in Section 10.90.010.”
· § 10.20.370(A) requires that “an owner or custodian who offers any unaltered dog for sale, trade, or adoption must include a valid unaltered dog license number with the offer of sale, trade or adoption, or otherwise state and establish compliance with Section 10.20.350.”
· § 10.28.020 requires “every person desiring a license to operate an animal facility . . . [to] file an application with the department upon a form to be provided by the department, and at such time pay the required fee and any applicable penalty as set forth in Section 10.90.010.VII.” Furthermore, § 10.28.020 states that “[a] person . . . who operated an animal facility without the required license, shall pay the penalty set forth in Section 10.90.010.VII.C.4., in addition to the license fee.”
· § 10.28.060(A) states that “any person, including a new owner of an existing organization or business shall not conduct or operate any animal facility listed in Section 10.90.010.VII. . . . without first obtaining a license from the department.”
· § 10.40.100 requires “[e]ach holder of a kennel or pet shop license within the authority of Los Angeles County . . . to provide the department of animal care and control with a regular listing of all animals sold, including the name and address of the owner, according to the procedure and form as provided by the director.”