An Animal Control Department that Neither Controls Nor Reveals its Rules
- Ms Nikki Ezhari
Field Deputy, Tom LaBonge's Fourth Council District
300 N Spring St, Rm 480 City Hall, 200 N Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 900012
Per our conversation during the last LVNA meeting, I was to send you my
account of my complaint about the performance of our Animal Control
I had complained about a vicious dog that had us scared shaking in our boots
every time we walked past this house in our neighborhood. All we wanted to
know was Does Animal Control take action in the situation that I had
Animal Control advised us that such complaints cannot be made verbally that
they require all such communications to be in writing and be accompanied
with evidence, witnesses etc.
After months of correspondence and gathering such evidence, we have our long
awaited Hearing on February 6, 2008, chaired by Officer Poblano of Animal
After making sure that all of the evidentiary work has been accomplished,
Officer Poblano says the only time they take action is if dog bites me. No
amount of loud barking, viciousness or savagery is reason for City to
interfere regardless of how long and threatening the barks are. The burden
of proof is entirely on me, the complainer, he adds.
I ask him, If the rules are this simple and easy why not tell me ahead of
time and before I spend hundreds of hours gathering for evidence the first
time that I called or wrote?
Why couldn't they tell me this from the very beginning and saved me this
trouble and effort and
Where in the City Ordinance is this rule located?
He tells me they have no obligation to show me a copy of this rule and that
and I could find it in the Ordinance at the LAMC.
Well I tried and I couldn't find it.
My request from you therefore is
1. Questions like these should be answered by telephone. No need to
burden citizens who pay thousands of dollars a year for such services that
they be in writing.
2. Animal Control failed to address the problem. It treated it as a
barking dog annoyance problem whereas none of the description we gave fit
that designation. See my letters.
3. Animal Control and indeed the entire City is obligated to show the
complainer what does the Ordinance say about the problem. Such information
at a minimum should be available at the blog of the department or on line.
4. Animal Control is obligated to tell me if indeed it is true that
the City Ordinance does not address the problem of particularly vicious dogs
terrorizing every passersby in their neighborhood. The absence of such
coverage is an open invitation for every resident to start harassing their
neighbors with a particularly vicious and dangerous dog. Those dogs are more
dangerous than wild animals. It just doesn't make sense that there's no
ordinance addressing them.
I am enclosing my correspondence that quite adequately describe the
I am also asking my fellow residents in the neighborhood if they know
something about this that I don't.
Aarde V. Atheian, 560 N. Plymouth Blvd, Los Angeles, CA, Phone&Fax
323.465.2695, Email: Athein@...
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