There are so many things wrong with this tragic story that it may be difficult for you to believe. However, I've verified everything personally. It's all horribly true. Help Mary O'Connor. please. The City has shunned her and stolen her friend, companion and trusted Emotional Support Animal, named "Hambone."
Mary O'Connor is a 32 year-old woman who loves animals. She loves her animals the best. s Mary doesn't just love her animals, she needs them. Mostly alone and living for the past few years on the razor's edge in Los Angeles, a doctor has prescribed these animals to help comfort Mary through the pain of 3 debilitating conditions, which make it nearly impoosible for her to hold a job. Endomitriosis, severe Depression and ADHD make every day a real struggle for Mary just to get through.
'"Hambone" is a 3 lbs. "tea-cup" Yorkshire Terrier, which Mary purchased from a reputable breeder because she needed a very small dog to take with her everywhere. "Hambone" is a registered Emotional Support Animal given the same privileges under the Law as any other Service Animal. Ham is not spayed-She is exempt as a working animal. She was only 9 months and is now 1 year old. She is micro chipped. Mary is disabled with 3 conditions and is lost without Ham. She can't sleep and worries about Ham constantly. How did Ham end up in the pound?
Mary O'Connor was evicted from her apartment for having animals. In Court, the Judge wanted settlement. Mary's defense was that her animals were registered support animals. True. Mary agreed to leave the apartment and the landlord paid her a settlement to avoid a discrimination lawsuit. It was a small settlement. With part of that money, she purchased Hambone.
Then it happened again. She was evicted again for having animals. This time she was physically removed from her home and abused by an L.A. County Sheriff Deputy on December 18, 2008. Los Angeles animal services seized her animals, including Ham. They told her to pick them up when she had a place to live. NO CHARGES WERE FILED. On January 9, 2009 Mary was raped in the City of Los Angeles. She had no dogs with her at the time. LAPD refused to press charges although Mary picked the RAPIST, "Noah" out of a line up.
Mary attempted to redeem the animals on January 12, 2009 and was told the following by Lt. Transo, an Animal Control Officer:
"Sorry to inform you but Hambone was stolen." No, they did not tell her prior to the day she came to pick him up.
"We think two customers stole her because they were left alone with her for 15 minutes." WHAT?!
"Sorry to inform you but 2 of your birds are dead."
They offered her another dog and other birds. WHAT?!
LAPD is investigating but Detective Jesse Linn is unable to devote any significant time to finding Ham. He does, however firmly believe that an employee from the North Central Animal Shelter STOLE THIS DOG. THIS TRAIL IS TWO MONTHS OLD AND GETTING COLDER BY THE HOUR.
Mary has petitioned and BEGGED the Department, City Council and LAPD to please find her dog-- especially since they know a City Employee stole her!
Coincidentally, OR NOT, 5 teacup Yorkies were sold for as much as $5000 each by Ed Boks in his last grandstanding stunt for 2008. When? Two days after Hambone was impounded.
Please click here to sign petition. In your petition comments, please show your disgust for the behavior and inaction by these officials. Please email us to be on the list to distribute flyers to all vets, stores and other places where Ham may be spotted. LABoardwatch@gmail.com
Tell these City officials that they must investigate this theft and return Hambone to Mary O'Connor:
..The BOARD : Tariq Khero tariq...firstname.lastname@example.org
Kathy Riordan ninekitties@..aol.com
Ruthanne Secunda secundar@..unitedtalent...com
Archie Quincey ajq1trq2@..aol.com,
Irene Ponce ireneponce@..earthlink.net
Tell Jim Bickhart to "allow" the Animal Services Board of Commissioners to order a complete investigation of this case. The employees at the N. Central Animal Care and Control center MUST be questioned.
Jim Bickhart Jim.Bickart@lacity.org
Councilmember Ed Reyes email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
This unlawful eviction happened in YOUR district, Mr. Reyes; and the dog was STOLEN IN YOUR DISTRICT. Where is your motion to council for an investigation of employee theft at the shelter? Where is your motion for REWARD MONEY for the safe return of this dog and the arrest and conviction of this evil thief?
Councilmember Zine Dennis.Zine@lacity.org,
Councilmember Tony Cardenas email@example.com,
Councilmember Jack Weiss weiss@.lacity.org,
Councilmember Richard Alarcon firstname.lastname@example.org,email@example.com,
Ask these reporters why they will not cover this story.
Carla Hall carla.hall@..latimes.com,
Steve Mikulan firstname.lastname@example.org,
"Kovacik, Robert (NBC Universal, KNBC)" email@example.com,
"Dana Bartholomew" firstname.lastname@example.org