It’s easy to sling shit at the top dogs who run things for the county. The animal rights folks are proficient at slinging shit. To be clear, many of the animal rights folks volunteer, but many just sling shit. A favorite target of theirs is the head of LA county’s department of animal care and control. They’ve had an ongoing campaign to get this department head fired, ever since Zephyr’s death.
These animal rights folks are like the daydreaming portion of the anti-war movement in the 60s that wanted anyone but LBJ in office. So they got Nixon. Meet the new boss, same as the old one.
You don’t get to be head of any major organization, public or private, without a serious vetting process first in order to find out if you embody the proper values, namely that the protection of your organization as it is comes first. For this particular department head, an important element of her job is never acknowledging that the budget she is assigned -- and publicly supports -- is nowhere near sufficient to properly care for all the animals.
In fact, I have no doubt that this department head cares for the animals, but this caring for the animals could never trump protecting the department and county from criticism and complaints that have the potential to unseat elected officials and cause colleagues to lose their jobs. You must have your priorities in order to head any significant organization or department in this world. Or a new boss will be found.