From Ryan Olshan's excellent blog re County:
I just finished reviewing the 2006-2007 audit of the Department of Animal Care and Control performed by Dr. Dena Magiamele. The violations pointed out in the audit are not only blatant, but many of them are disgusting and inhumane. The audit is now published on my LA County blog in PDF format for the entire world to read (http://lacdacc.blogspot.com/2008/08/dr-magiameles-report.html).
The violations of Federal Code regarding controlled substances mentioned below are why the Department was audited by the DEA last year. Marcia was made fully aware of those violations by this report and that’s why she obstructed justice by issuing orders to destroy emails.
In addition to the conscious unanesthetized cat mentioned below that was killed by intracardiac injection, which is a violation of California Penal Code Section 597, I’m aware of another situation where the Department seized cats from an animal hoarder that were brought to the Lancaster Animal Shelter. In the back of the animal control truck, animal control officers began killing the scared and terrified cats by intracardiac injection.
Marcia’s press release and 10 page document released on 8/12/2008 is nothing more than Marcia’s attempt to make light of this audit. In the press release Marcia is quoted as saying, “Providing the highest quality animal care and customer service is of utmost importance to the Department and the County of Los Angeles.” Marcia doesn’t care about the animals and neither does the County of Los Angeles. You have turned a blind eye repeatedly no matter how severe the offense.
The Department only possessed one controlled substance registration certificate where there should have been one for each shelter
At the Downey Animal Shelter on several occasions a graveyard employee falsified records in the controlled substance log by placing the initials of an RVT (not their initials) as the technician who administered the euthanasia solution
The Department’s records for controlled substances were inaccurate and not in compliance with state and federal law
Schedule II, III, IV, and V controlled substances weren’t stored in a securely locked or substantially constructed cabinet as mandated by Title 21 Code of Federal Regulations Section 1301.75
A conscious unanesthetized cat was killed at the Lancaster Animal Shelter by intracardiac injection. This resulted in the cat vocalizing and flipping about within its cage for several seconds, kicking food and litter all over the room and then moved to the back of the cage where it subsequently died.
A RVT blew the vein of an animal that the RVT was struggling to euthanize at the Carson Animal Shelter
The body of a Malamute that had been euthanized and dead for 1.5 hours at the Baldwin Park Animal Shelter was left on the floor of the washrack area instead of being moved to the dead animal freezer
A German Shepherd that was turned in for an owner requested euthanasia that was presented as hit by a car and had fractured rear limb was left in the wash rack area of the Downey Animal Shelter without food or water and was unable to move away from his own urination. This dog was not euthanized or taken to taken to an offsite veterinarian, as the shelter veterinarian was off-duty. He was left in these conditions until he was noticed the next day.
A Pitt Bull was impounded at the Downey Animal Shelter for an owner requested euthanasia and had a fractured rear limb. This dog did not receive a medical examination, stabilization, or humane euthanasia. Dr. Mangimele was told that this dog would be euthanized after the legal holding period.
A German Shepherd was impounded at the Downey Animal Shelter and was unable to move. This dog appeared to be irremediably suffering. He was left overnight in the washrack area. The next morning it was decided that he would be euthanized after the required holding period was up.
Euthanasias of animals were preformed in the euthanasia room while dead animals were in the euthanasia room
Shelter veterinarians cannot euthanized or direct an RVT or other employee that is euthanasia certified to euthanize an animal that the veterinarian deems irremediably suffering without the approval from a supervisor resulting in animals enduring additional suffering and agony.
Cats that aren’t scheduled for euthanasia are in clear view of cats being euthanized
Anesthesia induction is performed by unregistered veterinary technicians
The dead animal freezer at the Downey Animal Shelter contained dead animals that had been in the freezer for several weeks. The freezer was dirty, wet with blood and secretions, and dead bodies were in barrels and on the floor of the freezer.
A “caution” animal at the Downey Animal Shelter received lacerations on the lip and mouth and bled extensively due to the makeshift control pole an employee used on it
Pre-euthansia anesthetics are not readily available or are not available for animals that require pre-euthanasia anesthetics
Non-certified employees performed euthanasia