• Jean Einum-Bland

    Rose Tingle has been truly amazing re. all that she’s done through the Voice of OC and otherwise to make the horrendous condition and mentality of the 74 year old OC Animal Shelter relevant for the OC Board of Supervisors! It had been a relevant issue for the community for many years, yet continued to be ignored by the OC Supervisors who were supposed to be voices for the community. Rose introduced me to Voice of OC and I’m delighted that I can now participate in this very effective resource for voices from the community. You also mentioned the multiple OC Grand Juries who worked so hard on this issue over many years and they do deserve our gratitude and support as well. We also need to remember to thank Philip Cheng, the Performance Audit Director of OC for his Final Report # 141505 dated March 24, 2015 containing 108 pages and 34 recommendations regarding the operations of the OC Animal Shelter at http://cams.ocgov.com/Web_Publisher/Agenda03_24_2015_files/images/O00315-000276A.PDF. It’s wonderful to finally be getting the new animal shelter but we still need to regularly monitor the function of that new shelter for dramatic improvements for the residents of OC and their pets.

    • BeeBee.BeeLeaves

      Indeed! Everything you have said, agree.
      Sunshine is the best disinfectant.
      I am grateful for all the sunny people.
      Animals do not vote but animal lovers sure do.
      And there are many in Orange County.
      Just sad and sorry it was too late for the ones that were executed, through no fault of their own for being at the pound, just sheer bad luck.

  • BeeBee.BeeLeaves

    Thank you for all who are the voice for animals! Rose, Saskia, Voice of OC! Thank you all so much!

    Those critters that find themselves at the pound, are usually there through no fault of their own. People put them there and people should go the distance to make sure they are safe, cared for, so they can have a better life. Bar none.

    All.Life.Matters.

  • Saskia Boisot

    Here is a link to the euthanasia data analysis for October 2015 alone. We will soon be releasing the analysis for the full 6 months, which will be available on our slideshare account too.

    http://www.slideshare.net/NoKillShelterCA/euthanasia-of-dogs-and-cats-at-ocac-from-october-2015-to-may-2016

  • Saskia Boisot

    Here is how animal activists are viewed by the Board of Supervisors and
    OCAC upper management. We appeared at the March 22nd Board of
    Supervisors meeting and each gave speeches addressing various issues at
    OCAC, whereupon OCAC through Frank Kim was directed to address our
    individual claims. The link below demonstrates the level of resistance
    to change by the administration try at every turn to discredit any
    assertion we make. Their total contempt for cold hard data is
    unparalleled, since everything we have stated is based on information
    generated entirely by them, as procured through public records requests.
    All the raw data, including the data analysis from the euthanasia lists provided to us as
    part of Sharon Logan’s lawsuit, are available to view directly on our
    slideshare account. If anyone cares to question the validity of this
    data set, then that query is best addressed directly to OCAC, since they
    are the ones providing the information.

    http://www.slideshare.net/NoKillShelterCA/nksa-response-to-oc-ceo-frank-kim-memo-re-ocac-failures-board-of-sups-march-22-2016

    • David Zenger

      You are quite correct. The County has erected a wall around itself, and no, you are NOT invited to come in. Talk about “engagement” is pure BS and I wish Norberto would cut it out. The only thing these politicians respond to is public pressure and public embarrassment. That’s not engagement in any useful sense of the word.

      • Saskia Boisot

        Thank you for recognizing the barriers faced here…We have provided endless examples of egregious behavior, again all meticulously data-driven, only to be ridiculed and ignored. I am astounded by the inertia. That being said, they should rest assured that we will not be going anywhere…

        • David Zenger

          Inertia? That’s the ONLY thing that keeps the County going. Check out Newton’s First Law of Motion: every object in a state of uniform motion tends to remain in that state of motion unless an external force is applied to it.

          In this case the external forces were the animal advocates and the Voice of OC.

          • Saskia Boisot

            But for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.

          • David Zenger

            Yep. That’s why y’all get so much push back.

        • David Zenger

          Sorry to forget: Thank you for your efforts.

      • OCservant_Leader

        Well said. They are very hostile to the idea of public viewing inside their walls aren’t they?

        They have been in power so long they feel entitled to the public’s money.

        The employees know all the scams and could really expose and stop this entrenched corruption if they were empowered.

        Psst- Rose -Check the Rendering Contract!

        P.S. Thank you Animal activists and VofOC for shaming the BOS on behalf of the abused animals.

        • BeeBee.BeeLeaves

          Ugh. Baker Industries in Vernon, Ca? Where dead pets become dead pet mush soup with collars and euthanasia drugs in the big mix, all for cheap pet food companies to then use as pet food? Which was why pound for pound, big dogs, were, are first to go. More cash per pound.

          Give cows cows to eat, mad cow disease.
          Give chickens chickens to eat, bird flu.
          Give pets euthanized pets to eat ….
          So wrong. Serious ugh.

          • OCservant_Leader

            Aha! Yes. Shock! There is a profit arm to this operation – that’s why ACS was slipped under “pork parks”.

            ACS is supposed to be under the Health Agency because of the disease threat…but not in OC. If there is a profit to be be made the “family” controls it.

            They have been infighting for 50 years about who gets to profit off the new shelter. In meantime they funnel all funds for ACS operations into salaries at the top. It’s their business model.

            There are a lot of Politicans at the County who need $200K per year – where do you think the money comes from?

          • BeeBee.BeeLeaves

            Only one word. Wow.

  • Saskia Boisot

    I do commend Rose for her tenacity and persistence in this fight, and I think it’s great to see her work recognized. However, it is noteworthy that while the new shelter “groundbreaking” ceremony shown in the top picture collage was taking
    place, the dogs in the bottom picture collage were all killed at OCAC over the space of
    three days, and these are only the VISIBLE dogs killed (not including
    all owner requested kills). For anyone who thinks that a new shelter
    facility is going to change the face of this epidemic of killing, think
    again. The irony of this photographic juxtaposition is so beyond
    ridiculous, I cannot contain my cynicism…

    • Saskia Boisot

      I guess my pictorals are not publishable on this site.

      • Judy Allen

        On my Facebook page, I was saddened to tears upon seeing pictures of the MANY dogs slaughtered at this sickening “shelter” during the three days you mention, Saskia. Without a total change in staff there will still be slaughters when rescues are available to help and lies are told about the number of casualties! This gut wrenching situation is SO far from civilized these days when “No Kill” is being implemented all around the USA. What is wrong with Orange County residents who allow this killing to persist?

  • April Josephson

    Thank you to Rose for her unending advocacy and support, and to the current Board of Supervisors for their efforts to make the new shelter happen now. There will be a paradigm change when everything moves to the new facility. The plans will incorporate major changes to bring a facility that addresses what we expect in compassionate animal care. Operations will be very different once there is appropriate state-of-the-art infrastructure. Community engagement is an integral part of the plans that I have seen, and am advocating for in my volunteer role.

  • Sharon Logan

    Thank you Rose Tingle, without your advocacy and activism on behalf of the shelter animals the new shelter would have never come to fruition.

    OCAC can build a new shelter, but without Hawkins and upper management gone the killings will continue – just in a fancier environment. We need progressive minds running OCAC

    Almost all of the complaints about OCAC and animal care relate to issue of management, policies, false statistics, high kill rates, etc. None of these will be impacted by a new building. Having a new building is a good thing, but hardly addresses the real problems. Moreover, by building a single building to serve all of OC, we are guaranteed a high kill rate and poor service. No county of our size has a single shelter.

    A New shelter is needed and good but the Director at OCAC, Management and Staff need to stop going against the Hayden Law and start having hearts with more compassion for the animals. That is not going to happen with the current Director, some Management and some Staff that are currently in place at OCAC.

    • Jean Einum-Bland

      Thank you Sharon, for all that you have done and nobody knows the mentality and statistics of the County Animal Shelter better than you do thanks to your legal challenge to them to provide data to you. You are so right that so far all the evidence points to this shelter not being able to be trusted to provide any meaningful change in mentality, for the better, as evidenced by the County maintaining the secrecy of their meetings with representatives from their member cities that continues to bar the public from knowing anything about what decisions are being made regarding ongoing policies and procedures at the shelter. Everyone needs to remember this and express themselves through their their votes when each one of those County Supervisors is up for re-election.

  • David Zenger

    Credit to Ms. Tingle and the Grand Jury.

    But governance through bad PR avoidance is no way to run things. Just waiting for the next fiasco.

  • John Claxton

    Let’s also give much credit to the Voice for giving us the forum to address our concerns through comments from your wonderful stories that spot light our elected’s actions or inactions. There were a couple of other writers that made significant efforts at the OCR – and wrote wonderful stories about the counties malfeasances. However, the county pulled a couple fast ones and got the unions to get them off the BOS’s backs by hiring them as their spokeswomen with hefty salaries. Let’s just hope Norberto is not for sale.

    • OCservant_Leader

      I too hope Norberto is not for sale!

      Yea – Jennifer was digging too deep at the County. I recall her last assignment was the County’s Retirees “consultant” contracts. Ugh oh.

      How they are paid by multiple Agencies using different business/non-profit “fronts” to funnel the funds into the Elite’s pockets- for decades.

      It must be $100’s of Millions a year- the taxpayers are losing to this scam alone.