Mayeda Contract Says County Disposes of 100,000 Animals a Year

This is the August 2008 justification for using D&D (a.k.a. 

West Coast Rendering) to dispose of the County's 100,000 

animal cadavers a year.


County of Los Angeles

Department of Animal Care and Control

Administrative Office
5898 Cherry Avenue
Long Beach, California 90805

(562) 728-4610 • Fax (562) 422-3478


Marcia Mayeda


August 21, 2008

Shelter Locations


Downey Shelter

11258 S. Garfield Ave. Downey, CA 90242 (562) 940-6898


Carson Shelter

216 W. Victoria St. Gardena, CA 90248 (310) 523-9566


Supervisor Yvonne B. Burke, Chair Supervisor Gloria Molina Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky Supervisor Don Knabe Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich

Baldwin Park Shelter 4275 N. Elton St. Baldwin Park, CA 91706 (626) 962-3577

From:             Marcia Mayeda Director


This is to advise you that the Department of Animal Care and Control (Department) intends to negotiate a sole-source contract with the existing vendor, D&D Disposal, Inc. of Vernon, for the removal and disposal of animal carcasses from the Department's six shelters. We have determined that D&D Disposal is the only vendor with the capacity and expertise to effectively accommodate the large volume of animal carcasses processed by the Department on an annual basis.


The Department currently contracts with D&D Disposal to pickup animal carcasses at the Department's six shelters on a pre-determined schedule. In addition, special pick-ups may be required if circumstances warrant. D&D Disposal furnishes and maintains storage containers and other apparatus as needed to provide for the timely removal of the animal carcasses. The existing contract with D&D Disposal was for a term of five years and is scheduled to expire on September 30, 2008.

Sole Source Justification

In an effort to establish the continued sole source nature of this contract, we contacted all County animal care and control agencies in the region, large municipal animal care agencies within the County, and other local entities performing animal care and control services to determine their process for removal and disposal of animal carcasses. All counties surveyed, including Kern, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, and Ventura, contract with D&D Disposal, Inc. for their animal removal and disposal services. In addition, the cities of Los Angeles, Long Beach, and Santa Monica contract with D&D Disposal as well.

The City of Los Angeles, which is the most comparable agency surveyed, issued a Request for Proposals for animal disposal services in 2005. The City's Bureau of Sanitation performs the pick-up of dead animals. West Coast Rendering, an affiliate of D&D Disposal, was the only respondent to this solicitation. The City of Los Angeles subsequently executed an agreement for the period December 2006 through December 2009. Other agencies surveyed, including the Inland Valley Humane Society, Pasadena Humane Society, San Gabriel Humane Society, and Southeast Area Animal Control Authority indicated that D&D Disposal was being utilized for animal carcass removal and disposal. Attachment I summarizes the results of this survey.

In addition, we conducted research to identify other potential vendors that could provide services that would meet the needs of the Department. Utilizing information published by the State Department of Agriculture, the National Renderers Association, and a recent solicitation for services by the City of Los Angeles, we reviewed potential vendors that provided services related to removal and/or disposal of animal carcasses. Vendors from these lists performing some level of the required services were contacted to determine their ability to meet the needs of the Department.

The Department disposes of nearly 100,000 carcasses annually through regularly scheduled pickups. The Department also makes requests each month for special pickup of animals outside of the normal pickup dates. None of the vendors contacted could provide a full scope of removal and disposal services that would meet these requirements. Typically, vendors provided limited services such as pickup and removal of livestock and other farm animals. Additionally, vendors indicated that the geographic size and demands of servicing the County precluded their organization from effectively providing the required services. Attachment II provides a summary of these firms.

Unless otherwise instructed, we will commence negotiations with D&D Disposal and prepare an agreement for consideration by your Board in September 2008.

If you have any questions, or need additional information, please contact me at (562) 256-2406 or via e-mail at


Anonymous said...

They may also do dead animal pickup. If there is a dead animal anywhere in the county you can call and they will go pick it up. If it's a horse, you have to pay $250 but the rest are free. That's why there could be 100,000 dead animals to render which is more than they euthanize.

Anonymous said...

The number is pretty level when you count in dead animal pickup as noted by the first commenter and the animals killed by County. I think that number is up about 20,000 from the previous contract.

If you notice in the attachement to that BOS correspodence, Irvine Animal Care Center is not included in the list of shelters queried as to what disposal service they use. They were when Marcia was working on the previous contract. Coincidence?

Ed Muzika said...

I never accused the County of killing 100,000 animals.This is from Mayeda in April 8, 2004 in a document about rendering at the County.

"How many animals does the County send D&D? Last year the County sent approximately 80,000 animals to D&D. However, these were not all euthanized dogs and cats. Of this number, 21,583 were dead animals removed from streets or animal bodies surrendered by their owners after their pets passed away. Furthermore, 7,294 were pets that were euthanized at the request of their owners, usually for medical and humane reasons. Additionally, 9,264 were animals other than dogs and cats, such as livestock, wildlife, birds, rabbits, etc. The remaining 42,486 were dogs and cats euthanized at our six County shelters."

NOTICE MAYEDA DID NOT INCLUDE OWNER REQUESTED EUTHANASIA IN HER KILL STATS. So she euthanized 42,486 officially, and killed another 7,294, but she didn't count those as euthanized. So her real kill figure for cats and dogs was almost 50,000 with another 10,000 wildlife and "other" animals.

Anonymous said...

What is your point?
What are you trying to say?
Do you have a point?

Ed Muzika said...

Yes. Point 1, County kills far too many animals. 2 Mayeda lies about her stats and does not include owner requested euthanasia as a killing on her watch. LA City--Ed Boks--does.