Ron Mason often said LAAS was always friendly and cooperative with him until 2 days before the October 11, 2007 raid. Then everything changed and two days later he was raided. Why, no one is sure. I am still convinced the Animal Planet show had something to do with it, but also persistent complaints by neighbors.
There is now another potential Mason event that appears to be building in North Hollywood, again with a man who has taken care of several ferals that came onto his property, gotten them fixed and rendered veterinarian services.
He has had frequent visits over a long period of time, with, he says, very amicable relations over that period, just as they were with Ron Mason.
However, due to neighbor complaints, the City Attorney has become involved in an informal hearing demanding that this man, Marc Madow, himself with a major blog, get rid of all the cats but three.
However, Madow stopped feeding the ferals on his property some time ago, and stopped supplying water in anticipation of trouble. Now, cats drink out of a birdbath located on his property or drink water and antifreeze from the street.
Six of the cats have been poisoned and died during the last couple of months, possibly by a next door neighbor who constantly complains about his cats to police and LAAS. One cat was run over while searching for food off his property.
Madow says ACOs have always been cooperative and worked with him. However, I assume soon authorities will "Pull a Mason" on Madow.
Therefore, I want to apaologize to LAAS in general. I said they either do nothing or bring the world down around someone, as with Mason.
My experience with Officer Pro and the semi-offical responses from an apparent ACO saying they don't have the discretion to just seize animals and they don't want to impound them when they look healthy or are not abused, reinforce my new found understanding that they are not the bad guys.
It appears that in general they bend over backwards not to endanger or impound animals. What happened to Mason was because of orders from above.
Marc tells his own story on his own blog with a video about his complaining neighbor who had installed nine (9!) video cameras watching and photographing Madow's property. The neighbors have thrown pipes and other heavy objects at the cats. They also threw a metal pipe over a nine foot hedge into his year when he was outside with his girlfriend. When the cops came, the son of the neighbor threw a pipe at the officers. For some reason, the son was not arrested and the cops told Madow that a report was on record about the entire incident in case he needed proof of harassment in the future.
Madow has complete medical records for all the cats plus copies of all written correspondence about anything related to the cats. He has copies at a separate location. I have not gone into with him exactly what he ha sin the totality of his paperwork.
However, the City Attorney's harsh demand he get rid of all the cats--which are not his as he is not feeding them outside, giving them water in water bowls or providing shelter other than a property that cats can come on to, they are not legally his in any fashion. In addition, any cats that do come on to his property are caught and taken in for S/N. Most of the cats have the tell-tale snipped ears.
See Madow's blog for the full story. Keep tuned for this ongoing story.
I may be forced into starting a new organization: The Los Angeles Society for the Protection of Alleged Hoarders (LASPAH). I hope you realize this is a joke.