LA’s Animal Services Under Fire

April 26, 2014

Carole Davis, West Coast director of the Companion Animal Protection Society, levels some serious charges against LA’s Animal Services.

About Carole R. Davis

Carole Raphaelle Davis was born in London on February 17th in 1958 to a French mother and American father. She is tri-lingual and a citizen of the US and the EU. She grew up in England, Scotland, Hawaii, France, Italy and Thailand and moved to New York City as a teenager. Carole went to City University of New York and majored in Chinese Studies and Political Science. After University she attended the two-year program at the Lee Strasberg Theater Institute. Carole modeled for Playboy Magazine, was Pet of the month in 1980 (under the name Tamara) and Pet of the Year runner-up for Penthouse Magazine in 1981. During that time, Carole sang in nightclubs and was a lingerie and bathing suit model for LaPerla and Playtex bras. Carole modeled for hundreds of covers of romance novels as well as appearing and singing for commercials for Pepsi and Miller Beer. As a singer/song-writer and recording artist, Carole was signed to Warner Brother records in 1989. Her record "Heart of Gold" was produced by Nile Rodgers. Her single "Serious Money" was a Dance hit and the video was number one on BET. She toured Europe and Asia and performed in clubs throughout the US. Carole wrote the song "Slow Love" for Prince on his Grammy Award winning album Sign O' the Times." She recorded her own version of the song for Warner Brothers records. She subsequently left Warners in 1993 and moved to Atlantic Records, where she self-produced and wrote the album "I'm No Angel." As a song-writer, Carole made a publishing deal, signing with MCA. She was signed to Sony France for Europe. Davis is also a writer. Her script "Amnesia of the Heart" was bought by DreamWorks. She also co-wrote animated series for Klasky-Scupo "Mean Girls." Carole wrote a series of articles on anti-Semitism in Europe for The Jewish Journal. As a novelist, she is the author of critically acclaimed "The Diary of Jinky, Dog of a Hollywood Wife," a non-fiction humor book about Hollywood excess and human status anxiety written from the point of view of a death-row dog. She is an investigative journalist for American Dog Magazine for which she has written a series of articles about cruelty in the pet trade. She is a contributor to Animal Wellness Magazine, FetchDog.com, Fido Friendly Magazine and has appeared numerous times on CNN as an animal welfare contributor. Carole has an animal welfare column on Newsvine.com and is the author of a popular Hollywood Dog blog. Carole is the West coast Director of the Companion Animal Protection Society, a national non-profit organization that investigates puppy mills and pet stores. She leads the anti-puppy mill movement in Los Angeles.

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24 Responses to LA’s Animal Services Under Fire

  1. Michael Bell April 26, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    BRAVO to Mr. Feldman and KPCC for providing the whole half hour of prime time to Ms Davis and allowing her to express her views on the very shabby performance of the present General Manager of the Los Angeles Department of Animals Services. I hope our new progressive Mayor listens to this interview, and will be prompted to make some cogent progressive changes to that department.
    Another BRAVO! This one for Ms Davis, for her cogent and clear analysis of a broken city department and the solutions to mend it.
    Michael Bell
    Board Member of League of Humane Voters
    Founder, Coalition for a Humane Los Angeles.

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    • David Feldman April 26, 2014 at 1:11 pm

      Thank you!

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  2. Michael Bell April 26, 2014 at 1:18 pm

    Sending a donation as well… and asking my email list to do the same. What a guy!

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    • David Feldman April 26, 2014 at 5:54 pm

      thank u again!

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  3. Steve April 26, 2014 at 6:27 pm

    Good interview. Change will begin with FIRING Brenda Barnette.

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  4. H April 27, 2014 at 8:36 am

    Fire Brenda Barnett and get actual animal lovers in there. There are so many people that care about all animals and you don’t have to be a breeder to care!!!!

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  5. Brenda Barnette April 27, 2014 at 8:51 pm

    It is very disappointing that you did such a one sided interview with Carole Davis and did not even check to see if there was another side to the story. You did a disservice to the animals and the people we serve.

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    • David Feldman April 27, 2014 at 10:45 pm

      Brenda, I e-mailed you back, you’re welcome on my show any time.

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    • Susan Rudnicki April 28, 2014 at 12:11 am

      Please do not insult the intelligence of people who really do act compassionately, Ms Barnette. The only “disservice” occurring here is the pathetically poor job you and your cronies on the LAAS are doing—and serving animals and people is complete fiction. The bloat of your salary is only exceeded by the bloat of your self-congratulation and malfeasance.

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    • David Williams April 29, 2014 at 10:19 am

      Brenda, are you a meat eater? If so, do you think that causes an inherent conflict with the nature of your job? What is your stance of specieism? Why not offer your side of the story here?

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  6. Susan Rudnicki April 27, 2014 at 11:38 pm

    Ms Barnette is “disappointed” simply because the interview makes her look as bad as her performance ap[ears to citizens paying attention. She is a pathetic apologist for a moribund agency that does not protect animals, but makes constant excuses. The animal rescue community had a meeting with LAAS a couple weeks ago at city hall and Ms Barnette was issued a dossier of photos of the rabbits mentioned by Carol in this interview. Her “officers” have inspected that breeder operation 4 times and each time the filth, degradation, and squalor was deemed acceptable by Barnette even though any normal person viewing those photos would question her sanity with such a opinion. She is a scandal and a reckless, overweening bureaucrat trying to justify her existence instead of doing a good job.

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  7. Jeanine April 28, 2014 at 12:40 am

    What could possibly be “the other side of the story,” Ms. Barnette? Your daugther works for Best Frieds who is occupying a building built by taxpayer money for their own beneift and you are the one responsible for sliding that under the radar. You make 200K and have cut staff from the shelter system becauase of “budget.”
    Facts are facts no matter how you try to spin it or color it.

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  8. Betty Rainbow April 28, 2014 at 4:26 am

    Thanks so much David for the wonderful interview. She is so right. What does Mayor Garcetti say about it?

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  9. Betty Rainbow April 28, 2014 at 4:34 am

    whoops. she was wrong about Best Friends but other than that, Bravo.

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  10. James Mogavero April 28, 2014 at 10:14 am

    David, Carole Raphaelle Davis was fantastic! This was a stellar segment of your show. But, because you dropped only 1 episode last week, you still “owe” your rabid fans an extra episode this week. ;)

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  11. Valerie April 28, 2014 at 10:26 am

    Thank you for running this story. Ms. Barnette needs to resign. She is incompetent and she lacks compassion. You need both to run the LA Animal Services. And can we look into the Best Friends operations? Stinks of nepotism, if you ask me.

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  12. Valerie April 28, 2014 at 10:28 am

    Ms. Barnette, please go away. We need competent, compassionate individuals running LA Services. You are neither.
    Thanks for running this story…

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  13. Theresa Mossberg April 28, 2014 at 12:10 pm

    I would like to know if Ms. Davis has looked into the LA County Shelter system? sounds like Marcia Mayeda and Ms. Barnette have a lot in common. Care more about their own agendas and pocketbooks than they do the actual well being of the animals left in their charge. It’s sad state of human history when the people in charge of animal care actually care less than the people that put the animals in their hands.

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  14. Hali Burton April 28, 2014 at 1:48 pm

    Bravo to this, David Feldman and Carol Davis! I totally concur, and would like to echo Theresa Mossberg’s statement. If you think LA City Animals Services is bad, spend 10 minutes at one of the LA County Department of Animals Care and Control (yeah, that’s a laugh) “shelters” in Downey, Lancaster or Carson. They are hellholes, and our animals deserve better. Marcia Mayeda is a disgrace and makes (as of 2009 – she’s had several raises since) $192,441.00 annually with salary and benefits:
    Salary: $13,034.75/month
    Flexible Benefit: $2,477.00/month
    Transportation Allowance: $525/month

    Downey currently has 193 cats and kittens, including 79 dumped by a hoarder last week. There was a bloodbath last week because of this, and will continue unabated, until we do something. Where is the enforcing of spay/neuter????? Take some of their salaries and hire some compassionate people to educate the public on the laws, and where to find inexpensive spay/neuter clinics.

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  15. Chris M April 28, 2014 at 5:52 pm

    There are way bigger issues out there to deal with like poverty and health care other than giving the cops another reason to harass me. I can’t walk down the street without being mad dogged or stopped by the cops. And now you want them to stop me while Im walking my dog!? I love my dog and I shouldn’t be forced to pay more than I already do to provide for his essentials. We barely get by as it is and I shouldn’t have to pay no fines for keeping him intact the way he was made. I haven’t bred him and Im not going to. He’s my dog. Not some commodity. Go after the puppy mills and the fools that keep breeding their dogs. Not those of us who just want to have a companion. As our ancestors did.

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  16. Dawn Nazos April 28, 2014 at 8:26 pm

    This was an excellent, eye opening interview. Thank you for hosting this. Shame on LA animal services! Over 200k a YEAR? Most people who work in the animal rescue industry do so for nothing. They are volunteers! Those who ARE paid make peanuts. 200k for a failing organization? Oh hell no. Time to rethink who’s in charge.

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  17. David Williams April 29, 2014 at 10:14 am

    How is Mrs. Barnette’s role filled? By the mayor?

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  18. Gail G. July 6, 2014 at 8:22 am

    I didnt see this video yet but try to help animals as much as possible on my fb account n other social networking sites. I feed strays and find homes for the kittens. Good homes too , for my whole life Ive been doing this and Im clise to 50 and born in Los Angeles. What I notice in Los Angeles and in the two Valleys bei.g San Fernando and San Gabriel is the lack of pet friendly housing and dwellings. It has become almost non existent even if tenants have a decent deposit to offer for their pet most property management companies have all gone against allowing a small pet even and this is a problem in most big cities nowadays in the U.S. and people are too damn lazy it seems to even search a bit on the internet for some possible pet friendly housing when moving. A huge solution would be to allow tenants the option with a deposit of $200 that they can have a pet. Make itso landlords get a tax break like if they are pet friendly and more would do it. Mayeda is worse then Barnette it seems to me. U think with making the kind of money they do theyd at least fake that they cared and did a better job, Im talking mostly Mayeda here. Best Friends is a wonderful little place there. They are trying to make Los Angeles a No Kill City. I think what their doing and their concept is nice. You can visit Best Friends almost any day of the week. People there were nice and seemed lime they cared really. I met one of the Vets on staff there one time I went. She was very concerned about what I was concerned about reguarding a sick kitty i saw there. She went out of her way to make sure she herself checked on the cat when she didnt have to do thT even. She was professional and caring and intelligent. They let me stay there for hours visiting the animals. The place was clean and everyone was nice. Mayeda also should take the overflo from Lancaster and take those animals to Castaic. This shelter is not overflowing and most pets put there do get adopted. More families with better incomes live in the durrounding areas. Even adult pets seem to eventually get adopted ftom there.Mayeda runs both Cadtaic and Lancaster and Castaic could definetly help Lancastered animals get good people to adopt these pets. Theres no excuse why ten or 20 a day or e very other day couldnt put driven from Lancaster to Castaic.

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    • David Feldman July 9, 2014 at 7:32 am

      thanks!

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