Allegations of atrocities in the kill rooms at shelters in Kentucky and Alabama have recently made the news and resulted in criminal investigations. Now a Los Angeles Animal Services employee has been fired under similar circumstances although the director has not filed a criminal complaint and no investigation has been launched.
Manuel Boado, 64, was discharged by the city’s Civil Service Commission, which concluded that he failed to sedate the dogs he was trying to euthanize, brought dogs into a room with other dead animals and inserted euthanizing needles into jugular veins — a practice officials say was not permitted.
During the termination hearing, shelter employees who worked with Mr. Boado testified to witnessing him in the kill room, repeatedly jabbing at the neck veins of dogs causing them to bleed, shake in fear and lose control of their bladders. One worker said he walked into the kill room and “found two dead dogs on the floor and a third half-covered in blood”.
By failing to provide sedation, putting live animals next to dead ones and yelling, Boado needlessly created a “fear factor” among animals being euthanized, said Brenda Barnette, the department’s general manager who recommended his firing.
“It is totally unconscionable to add an element of fear if you’re about to take an animal’s life away,” she said.
I would add it’s also totally unconscionable to kill a healthy/treatable pet. I guess Ms. Barnette forgot that part.
Mr. Boado’s lawyer had an explanation for everything. His client killed live pets next to dead ones because the refrigerator unit for storing carcasses was broken. And he “never received proper training from the department in how to euthanize the animals”.
So if you don’t get the training you need, I suppose the only possible recourse is to repeatedly jab pets in the neck with kill needles while they piss themselves in fear. I mean, what other option could there be, right?
I think the case should at least be referred to the district attorney. Let that office decide if the acts are prosecutable under the law. On the other hand, it was apparently a challenge to even get the guy fired:
Barnette sought Boado’s termination, but last month a city hearing officer found that penalty to be “too extreme.”
Hearing officer Stephen Biersmith recommended that Boado be reinstated and only have his pay docked, saying the department had not consistently enforced policies for its employees. He also argued that Boado had not intentionally violated the rules.
The Civil Service Commission reviewed the case and voted unanimously for termination.
Dock his pay? What’s the going rate for torturing pets in the kill room – 50 cents less per hour than non-torturers get paid? I find the admitted acts to be “too extreme” to not refer this case to the D.A.