Another horry story from another County shelter. Call Steve and talk to him about what can be done.
I have a Black Lab mix (Lexi) and a Pit Bull mix (Prince), both adopted from Animal Control Facilities.
In over 1500 days my dogs got out from my back yard 3-4 times, never attacking another animal or human. The last time they got out, my neighbor, who happens to be a police officer, shot Prince several times, because Prince was barking at his dogs, who were in his backyard behind a fence...not because Prince was attacking him.
In mid November, after my neighbor got other neighbors to write letters to animal control, thus making it appear my dogs were always out terrorizing the neighborhood Major Case Unit of Animal Control came to my house under a court order and took my dogs. They took my dogs to the Castaic Animal Shelter, locking them in a 3x10 cage. In over 5 months that my dogs have been held, they have not been let out of their cage even one time. No exercise in over 5 months. They have not been bathed in over 5 months. The food they give the dogs is meant only to be fed to a dog for 2 weeks, as it lacks proper nutrition.
My dogs went from being able to run around in a 38,000 square foot lot and 3500 square foot house, to being confined to a small cage. They went from eating Iambs canned food mixed with dry food and sleeping on a soft bed, to eating dry food and sleeping on a cement floor.
When my dogs first arrived at the shelter there was a very loving white pit named Mia. Mia had been at the Castaic shelter for over 1 year, never being let out of her cage even once. One day I went to visit my dogs and Mia was gone. I was told that they had to put her down, do to orders from the Major Case Unit. One year of solitary confinement followed by death. Mia deserved better!
The officer in charge of the case is Ana Soueidan, an extremely dishonest and manipulative person. Numerous times I have requested to pay to privately board my Dogs. Numerous times I have requested that I be given supervised visits in a bigger fenced area, so I can give my dogs proper attention and allow them to get proper exercise. The reason I was given as to why they won't allow my dogs out of their small cage for exercise, "If your dogs were to escape, you would sue us!" There decision to be cruel to my dogs is based on fear of being sued. The reason I can't have my dogs privately housed is that I may take them.
My dogs have been charged with no crime, yet they are being punished. Why? I have been told that they're being held because they are aggressive. Several times I have requested to have my friend Caesar Milan (Dog Whisperer) to examine and test my dogs for aggression. They have never tested my dogs aggression, yet still they hold them.
They charged me with two misdemeanor charges, endangering children and being a nuisance to my neighbors. At most they should have cited me for an off leash citation.
When I went to court, the DA appeared shocked that they locked my dogs up, without ever letting them out of their cage for exercise. The DA said that things were out of his hands and that he was going along with whatever MCU wanted to do. He told me, that I would never get Prince back and it was doubtful I'd ever get Lexi back. Lexi is in no part of the complaint and not feared by any neighbors, yet they still want to put her down for being guilty of association.
This is a case of people being prejudice of pit bulls. People are scared of them. People see one in their neighborhood, they panic. I can't blame them. It is almost like a big thugish looking black man walking down Rodeo Drive talking loud, people feeling scared call the police. The police come and lock this man up and execute him a year later, just because of the way he looks.
If a person is detained, you have to charge them with a crime within 72 hours or release them. WIth animals, there is no time line and there is no bail. They could keep an animal locked up in a small cage for years and if the case ever gets lost, that's where the animal will remain. What happened to Animal RIghts? Does MCU realize that they're being cruel to animals? I definitely told them. It appears that there only concern is to prevent being sued. Well, being sued I think is exactly what's needed.
Do you believe that there is a case to sue MCU for cruelty to animals? Every person working at Animal Control in Castaic detests MCU. I have letters from an Aide and a Veterinary Technician stating that my dogs have been friendly and shown no aggression and still they want to put them down.
This is the contact information for the animal control officer. I have to warn you, she is extremely deceptive and has no interest in protecting an animals rights.
Major Case Unit
11258 S. Garfield Ave
Downey, Ca. 90242
Is there any Animal Rights groups that might be interested in hearing my story? Mia's story? Do you know any groups that might be able to help?