City Attorney Caused Drowning
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As I mentioned in a previous post, Marc Madow was ordered by the City Attorney's Office to stop feeding or giving water to cats in his yard. He did have a birdbath they drank out of--those who were old enough to reach the water.
Marc also has a swimming pool. One of the kittens drowned last night because no water was available in bowls, and the kitten could not reach the birdbath.
This is the dead kitten's story from Marc Madow:
Thanks Ed for your additional two eMails from today. When I attended the hearing, the "officer" didn't offer me a business card or any other paper or document.
After I left I decided to call the office to see who I had been speaking with that had issued the oral ultimatum. The receptionist looked up my case and said that I had spoken with Mr. Ben Lovato.
I tried to double confirm by saying that he was the guy in the first office on the right on the ground floor and she said yes. I am therefore reasonably sure that he is the person who conducted the informal, voluntary hearing which I attended.
I do think that the commenter on your blog is absolutely right that they should go after or at least counsel the neighbors. I would consider the ongoing throwing of objects at animals something that an animal cruelty task force should address.
An horrible incident has happened overnight or early this morning directly related to the harsh demands of the City Attorney's Office. A young feral cat that was well beyond the kitten stage but not a full-grown cat drowned in our pool.
I hadn't thought of it before but this cat is too big to get nourishment from its Mother anymore but it is too short to drink out of birdbaths.
So, there was water in only two places for this poor creature after yesterday which was the first hot day in a while. There was the birdbath which it couldn't reach and the 40,000 gallons of pool water which it fell into and couldn't climb out of for the same reason that it couldn't reach the birdbath's water: it was too small.
When a full-grown cat falls into the pool it has always gotten out. This is another unintended consequence of our City's laws and discriminatory enforcement.
I'm attaching a photo of the poor creature as it was pulled out of the water. Feel free to use it wherever and whenever you like.
About my contact information, probably it would be fine for people to eMail me, maybe state that the ongoing battle is on Wilkinson Avenue in North Hollywood and you can share my cell phone (503) 703-0449 with your readers or whoever. Marc
I think it is about time that all potential members of the LASPAH take action. I'll try to find the phone number for that City Attorney's Office official, Ben Lovato.
Marc Madow's email adress: firstname.lastname@example.org
I did admonish Marc that he was partially responsible for not installing a pool cover long ago, or at least netting. However, this does not excuse City Attorney hearing officer Ben Lovato's discriminatory demands.