STOP SEAACA FROM KILLING SHELTER ANIMALS UNLAWFULLY, TOO SOON, AND WITHOUT LISTING THEM
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CALIFORNIA ANIMAL SHELTER ADVOCATES AND WATCHDOGS
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA
March 4, 2017
SEAACA Board of Commissioners
Mayor Pro Tem Pedro Aceituno, City of Bell Gardens
Mayor Luis Marquez, City of Downey
Mayor Pro Tem Art Barajas, City of Montebello
Mayor Leonard Shryock, City of Norwalk
Councilmember Peggy Lemons, City of Paramount
Mayor Gustavo Camacho, City of Pico Rivera
Councilmember Juanita Trujillo, City of Santa Fe Springs
Mayor Luis Aguinaga, City of South El Monte
9777 Seaaca Street
Downey, CA 90241
Phone: (562) 803-3301
Fax: (562) 803-3676
Dear SEAACA Board of Commissioners:
SEAACA, (the SouthEast Area Animal Control Authority in Downey, CA) serves the cities of Bell Gardens, Bellflower, Buena Park, Downey, Lakewood, La Palma, Montebello, Norwalk, Paramount, Pico Rivera, Santa Fe Springs, South El Monte, South Gate, and Vernon.
We, concerned with the welfare of the animals in the SEAACA shelter, were made aware, and have published it to other concerned citizens, that SEAACA, and Sally Hazzard, its Executive Director, consider the Hayden Law repealed and thus kills dogs the first date that they become adoptable, if they are not adopted by close of business on that first date. This letter serves to further document that tragically and illegally, SEAACA simply refuses to implement either the letter or spirit of the 1998 Animal Shelter Law (S.B.1785: Hayden Bill). This letter incorporates by reference all prior correspondence on this matter, including prior government audits showing SEAACA falsified adoption data. (https://www.csm.ca.gov/matters/14-9811-I-03/doc5_001.pdf at page 7). See also http://file.lacounty.gov/SDSInter/bos/supdocs/92962.pdf (master plan) and Answers Needed In Sudden Death Of SEAACA Shelter Dog, by The Jason Debus Heigl Foundation at http://jasonheigl.foundation/2015/10/29/answers-needed-in-sudden-death-of-shelter-dog/
We share local rescues' concerns and are also worried that Sally Hazzard, as the SEAACA Executive Director, is not acting in the best interests of either her constituents, who are taxed to provide a humane shelter for dogs, nor is she acting in the best interests of the animals who rely on her for a safe exit from a care center and into a home, not a premature death in violation of law. The primary function of any animal shelter is to protect the public and the animals. Unfortunately, she is doing neither. A short Google search shows other concerns of this shelter in failing to protect animals, including the Heigl Foundation’s protesting dogs dying at the SEAACA shelter when rescue came to pick them up.
There are hundreds of examples, including, but not limited to the following young, calm, beautiful, and healthy dogs, recently killed the day of their first adoption date, while we were close to finding them a home:
HARPER - 17-15194 Husky | Adult | Male | Medium http://www.seaaca.org/adoptions/view-our-animals?species=Dog&page=0&pet_id=17-15194 17-15194 is a black/white/gray, male adult dog, that weighs approximately 55 lbs. He was impounded on 2/17/2017 from the City of Bell Gardens. Available for adoption holds on 2/17/2017. Adoption holds must be placed in person. Adoption availability date 2/22/2017. He was calm, healthy, young, and beautiful. He was killed on his availability date.
FRENZY - 17-15586
Husky | Adult | Male | Medium
Morocco, a gorgeous German Shepherd, was killed without ever being listed on the website:RIP 02/24/17 KILLED WITHOUT EVER BEING LISTED ON THEIR WEBSITE.....HOW ARE OWNERS SUPPOSED TO FIND THEIR PETS!!!!!MOROCCO - 17-15121 - MALE - GERMAN SHEPHERD; APPROX AGE 5+; INTAKE DATE 02/16/2017; AVAILABLE DATE 02/21/17
THIS DOG WAS HIDDEN IN THE BACK, AWAY THE PUBLIC and NOT LISTED ON THE SEAACA WEBSITE
The SEAACA shelter is contractually tasked by several California cities with enforcing animal-related laws, but continues to violate those contracts; they consistently and routinely choose to ignore and violate the law. The County of Los Angeles signed a stipulation in a lawsuit against it that it would no longer thwart the Hayden Act. SEAACA is bound by that stipulation.
SEAACA contracts with the cities mentioned above to perform animal control services, including adoption services, and it is performing those services incompetently and not to industry standard. Therefore, SEAACA is not in compliance with the law and its customer service is deplorable.
Injustices and needless animal killing continue to take place at SEAACA. We wrote to you and others in the cities in hopes that you would see this and help change it. Complaints have been made to SEAACA regarding these issues for years to no avail.
We implore you to help change the way SEAACA runs its facility. Forwarding our concerns to SEAACA has proven futile as its problems are systemic. Change will only come with pressure from the public and the cities that contract with it.
We, and others, will continue to raise the issue and tell anyone and everyone who will listen until necessary changes are made. Appreciate the customer service items we have outlined.
For the short period of 2017 some of the dogs SEAACA killed that were healthy, young, beautiful, and SEAACA did not need the space on the day the dogs were killed are shown at this link here:
Residents of the cities with lost pets need timely information in order to find their pets. If their pets are in the shelter, how else would they know unless the animals are publicly displayed? Euthanization of the shelter's animals, prematurely, and without good reason, amounts to killing the animals without the animals ever being presented to the public. Moreover, SEAACA is neglecting to publicize all of its animals. The general public deserves the right to have an opportunity to rescue these animals.
We will not stand idly by while animals are unlawkilled behind closed doors. Please hold SEAACA accountable and make it perform its duties in a competent and professional manner.
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