On January 24, the Los Angeles Daily News published an article about the City Council considering shutting down city agencies one day a week. Here’s the quote about Breeder Barnette, “
“On the humane front, Animal Services General Manager Brenda Barnette said it will mean euthanizing more animals and even more limited kennel space. According to a quote in the LA Daily News about the City considering shutting down some city services by one day a week it will mean more euthanasia.” http://www.dailynews.com/news/ci_17187290
But “more euthanasia" didn’t seem to bother her last weekend, when she sent the following notification about closing both the East and West Valley shelters for Saturday afternoon to New Hope partners and another rendition to employees. She reportedly told one rescuer that closing both the East and West Valley shelters for what should be one of the busiest times of the week for people to find lost animals and adopt a new pet, wasn’t a problem because they only adopt out about five.
Now, if the GM of one of the largest shelter systems in the world can only get five adoptions on a Saturday afternoon in two of the busiest shelters, I’d say there’s something wrong. I suggest we see if we can get more bang for the $180,000 bucks per year that we pay her from tax money.
The notification sent to the New Hope partners:
The West Valley and East Valley Animal Care Shelters will close at Noon on Saturday 2/26/11 in honor of Captain Helen Brakemeier, a dedicated 26-year member of the LAAS family who passed away on Sunday, and to allow our staff to attend her memorial services. The other shelters (WLA, NC, SLA, & H) will maintain regular business hours.
While New Hope Partners do have access to the Animal Care Centers after business hours with prior scheduling to evaluate animals, there will not be any Clerks available to process New Hope Adoptions at the East Valley and West Valley shelters after 12pm on 2/26/11. West Valley and East Valley will be open again at 11am on Sunday, 2/27/11 for regular business.
WHAT THE HELL IS THIS WOMAN THINKING? CERTAINLY SHE DOESN'T THINK LIKE AN ANIMAL CONTROL AGENCY MANAGER. What if there had been an emergency or disaster and all the officers were in one location out of Los Angeles? What if a cattle truck had overturned on the freeway? What if there’s been a big structure fire in the Valley where lots of animals needed to be removed? This is how Barnette “honors” a career employee who devoted her life to saving animals? Capt. Helen Brakemeier, would have never thought closing the shelters and risking even one animal being killed or not adopted or not taken home is a “tribute” to her!
Why didn’t the shelters stay OPEN in honor of Capt. Brakemeier? Why didn’t a living, growing tree get planted at the shelter with a plague in honor of Capt. Brakemeier’s life? I’m sure Helen Brakemeier would have opted for life for those five animals, even if Breeder Barnette thinks five “precious lives” (to quote the ADL-LA) are insignificant.
Councilmen Paul Koretz--this serves your district, is it OK with you? Councilman Bill Rosendahl - what do you think of this "most qualified" manager now?