Stop the implementation of "No Night Care for Animals in City Shelters"
  • Petitioned Dennis Zine

This petition was delivered to:

Dennis Zine
Richard Alarcon
Ed Reyes
Paul Krekorian
Bernard Parks
City Council President
Herb Wesson
Mitch Englander
Jose Huizar
Joe Buscaino
City Controller
Wendy Greuel
Lisa McCurdy
Tariq Khero
Jim Jensfold
Alana Yanez
Jan Perry
Tom LaBonge
Paul Koretz
Mayor of Los Angeles
Antonio Villaraigosa
General Manager of Los Angeles Animals Services
Brenda Barnette
Bill Rosendahl

Stop the implementation of "No Night Care for Animals in City Shelters"

    1. Em Hovakemian
    2. Petition by

      Em Hovakemian

      sun valley, CA

Brenda Barnette, the General Manager of Los Angeles' Animal Services has decided to implement a ridiculous move to take all Animal Care Technicians off evening duty at shelters in Los Angeles. That is like a hospital without nurses, or in this case, a jail with no correctional officers. Nevermind that animals housed together in small quarters need constant monitoring, cleanup, and care - Ms. Barnette doesn't seem to see this as something necessary. It appears that she only sees it necessary to continue making her yearly $200,000+ salary and implementing unnecessary decisions such as hiring security guards that know nothing about animal care in place of the Animal Care Technicians. We're tired of your incompetent decisions, Ms. Barnette, from this newest decision, to your costly and clearly unnecessary 2011 gun-control audit at shelters, to your 2012 investigation of vending machine contracts that cost tax-payers almost $500,000 in paid leave alone. If there are hundreds of thousands of dollars for unnecessary spending, and your six-figure salary, and the hiring of new security guards in place of existing Animal Care Technicians, why isn't there money to care for pets that have absolutely NOTHING else in this world?

I refuse to have my tax dollars pay for your incompetent and cruel decisions. You need to show yourself as the animal lover you have claimed to be and reverse this decision, or step aside and let a true animal lover be the new General Manager of LA Animal Services. Angelenos make up a community that LOVE animals, and love their pets. We care for their well-being, and until you start to care for their well-being also, we cannot and will not stand behind you.

Thank you.


An informative article regarding this issue:

Info about the candlelight vigil + city council member contact information:

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 1,000 signatures
    2. 2 VERY Important Meetings You Can Attend To Make Your Voice Heard!

      Em Hovakemian
      Petition Organizer

      1st meeting is TUESDAY, April 2nd @ Los Angeles City Hall (200 North Spring Street, Los Angeles 90012).

      2nd meeting is MONDAY, April 8th @ East Valley Animal Shelter

      Here is more information regarding the 1st meeting from Jacob Miller's page:
      This meeting will be in room 1050. (10th floor)

      And the second meeting:

      AND the motion from council member Paul Koretz:

      Thank you for your support!

    3. Reached 750 signatures
    4. Update!

      Em Hovakemian
      Petition Organizer

      Hello, everyone! GREAT news! There will apparently be TWO meetings of animal lovers like yourselves regarding this matter. One is TOMORROW, March 22nd at 10AM at Los Angeles City Hall. Here is the information:

      The NEXT meeting will apparently be held at April 8th, most likely at the East Valley Shelter. I have received this bulletin, but am unsure as to it's origin. I will keep you all updated if I receive more word. The message is apparently from Brenda Barnette herself, and unfortunately full of more excuses:

      Town Hall Meeting on Monday, April 8, 2013

      I have decided to delay the elimination of the graveyard shift until after we hold a Town Hall Meeting on April 8th. from 7-9 PM. I am waiting confirmation that we can use the meeting room at the East Valley Shelter. I hope you will m

      City Council Meeting to forestall Animal Shelter closures

      The candle light vigil at East Valley was a success and a few council members have vowed to take up the cause They want to see...

    5. Reached 500 signatures
    6. We've reached almost 300 signatures in less than 24 hours!

      Em Hovakemian
      Petition Organizer

      That shows me that we as a community of pet lovers TRULY do care! Let's continue spreading the word and showing our city leaders that we DON'T stand with this decision. A candlelight vigil has also been organized for tonight at the East Valley Shelter in Van Nuys, CA. Details are below:

      The lights are going out at your local LA animal shelter!

      Join supporters in a candlelight vigil TONIGHT, 3/20/13, from 6PM to 9PM in front of the East Valley Animal Shelter (14409 Vanowen Street, Van Nuys, CA 91405). Bring a friend, bring the kids, bring your pets. There will be refreshments. Together as a community of animal lovers and concerned citizens, we can stop this!

      Thanks again to everyone who has supported this cause! :D

    7. Reached 250 signatures


    Reasons for signing

      • 9 months ago

      because she has to take care of these beautiful,poor creatures!!!

      • about 1 year ago

      So damn sick and tired of these assholes running these shelters and they don't give a shit about the animals, i hope she loses her damn job for what she did to that dog never had a chance with that stupid bitch i would love to put you in a fucking cage you dumb fucking bitch! just go put animals down for NO REASON !!!!!!!!!!!! DOUCHBAG! YOUR IN THE WRONG LINE OF WORK DOUCHEBAG BRENDA!

    • Dawn Gillies HUGHSON, CA
      • about 1 year ago

      Because no animal should go hungry day or night I have a dog and I make sure he is taken care of I wish all were.

    • Eliana Villanueva LOS ANGELES, CA
      • about 1 year ago

      I'm an animal animal activist. My goal in my higher studies is to become an Animal Rescue Veterinarian. However, having volunteered at a county shelter, I now recognize the riduclous decision Ms. Brenda has made. Please, find a better candidate for this. A true animal lover, one that actually speaks up and acts on behalf of these animals getting euthanized. I'm crossing my fingers that one day there will be people that become veterinarians out of love rather than the money they can attain.

    • Susan Collins BOYNTON BEACH, FL
      • over 1 year ago

      Animals need care and monitoring when in close quarters, simple as that and not by a guard, but by caring, knowledgeable 'dog people'


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