The Phantom Breeder moved his huge 4' X 5' PUPPIES FOR SALE sign and sales operation 2.5 miles down Nordhoff, from Reseda to Woodley. Basically he is laughing at Animal Services and the LAPD, because he knows that the enforcement side of LAAS and LAPD is a joke; they will do nothing because they do not care, unless they want a PR bust of a hoarder for an Animal Planet program.
The shelter workers are getting a lot of positive feedback sent to this blog, and I have seen exemplary employees and volunteers myself at West Valley. But enforcement seems to be the weak link.
They either do nothing, or they bring the world down around your ears as with Mason. They "Pulled a Mason" on Mason who never was charged even for not having a kennel permit.
How can these two guys, who may or may not have 1) a Los Angeles business license; 2) a breeder's license, and 3) a kennel permit, not have been stopped and checked before Yesterday when I and a commenter complained to West Valley?
Do not AS trucks and cop cars go onto Norhoff at all? Do the cops and ACOs just ignore this and similar operations? Does there have to be multiple citizen complaints first?
When I first called WV, the ACO told me they had received complaints from all over "that area," meaning Tampa/Reseda and the CSUN area, but, he said nothing had come of those complaints. That is why I was pleasantly surprised that Pro showed up and questioned the two men for some time.
But now, a mere day later, the Phantom Breeder moved his operation down the street knowing LAAS and LAPD will no nothing, not even check licenses.
From a commenter:
Well, the guy and his black Astro Chevy Van was peddling his pups on Nordhoff again---this time near Woodley. He was there all day, with his stupid sign, pointing to a home where he got rid of one of the shepherd pups for a good $700 bucks.
Right on the street.
Called LAPD--it was the Mission Hills district.
Officer said there is absolutely nothing that can be done, unless the guy is selling them on a street corner, or at some sort of gas station, on public property.
If he's selling the pups on somebody's lot of front lawn, the LAPD would have to get a complaint from the owner of the property before they could get out there to cite him for selling without a vendor's license.
Called SPCALA and left a message.
Also called the Spay/Neuter Task Force and left a message w/ the guy's license plate.
This after getting guess who on the phone again today at you know where, and couldn't get an update, even though I put in the call yesterday about the same situation.
There is nothing anyone can do as far as checking out the kennel conditions without an address.
You can't just give the phone number, or a cell, or a license number because, as I've been told by the lieutenant regarding a different situation, they're not the FBI.
We need an address and we need a report that the dogs are being abused or neglected. Without that, we have nothing except to hope for the best for all of those puppies that will continue to be overbred until the mother is no longer good for anything and she gets shot somewhere, or dropped off at the shelter cause she's had too many litters and she's good for nothing anymore.
Assholes do it all the time. Makes you want to beat your head against the friggen wall.
Well, the LAPD is helpless!! Tisk, tisk.
But where there is the will, there is a way.
I guess they never heard of "Pulling a Mason" even though they invented it.
What you (Boks/ACTF/ACOs/LAPD/County Health) did to Ron Mason, you can do to these two guys, but they are counting on you ignoring their shady operation just as you have been doing for months.
Next time I see the Phantom Breeder I'll post photos of their sign, faces, truck, truck plates, and the puppies, and post them. We'll help Ed catch the baddies or hear their excuses why they are helpless or why they are not the FBI.
But in the end, it means nothing. This blog may put a bug up their butt on this one item, but they will continue to ignore many other acts of cruelty.
By the way, who would be stupid enough pay $700 for a puppy sold on a sidewalk with no return address?
I know there are a lot of stupid people out there because we got Bush for 8 years, but please, stupid enough to pay $700 to someone with no address?