Thursday morning report, Aug. 20

Five things to know this Thursday morning: 

1.) L.A. County Supervisor Don Knabe has called for an investigation after allegations emerged last week of unsanitary conditions at the county animal shelter in Downey. 

Animal rights activists claim the Downey shelter -- not to be confused with SEAACA -- is filthy, with dogs wallowing in their own feces. 

From the L.A. Times

"Marcia Mayeda, director of the animal control department, said her agency is moving to remedy the conditions.

"We're taking this very, very seriously," she said. "The photographs we saw are not reflective of the care we want to provide to the animals."

"Mayeda blamed the problems partly on short staffing. She said the agency will adjust schedules and try to recruit more volunteers and workers paid through a state workforce training program."


2.) Natalia, a 31-year-old Downey native, is raising money to help pay for surgery after she was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer. 

From her GoFundMe page:

"In the last couple of weeks, we discovered chemo isn't working and I need to move into the surgery phase of my treatment. I’ve elected to have a bi-lateral double-masectomy and reconstruction. This is scheduled for August 28th at St. John's in Santa Monica under the skilled hands of Dr. Kristi Funk and Dr. Jay Orringer - better known as the hands that re-built Angelina Jolie in 2013.

"My insurance has covered most of my medical bills thus far, however the choice to go with Dr. Orringer is considered "Out-Of-Network" and means I will have to go out of pocket for some of the costs. Why did I choose Orringer and not some rando plastic surgeon? Because he’s an artist and highly respected in his field."


3.) A newborn baby girl was safely surrendered at a Downey hospital last week, Don Knabe announced. She is the 10th infant this year turned over under the state's Safe Surrender program. 


4.) Here is the city of Downey's ad in the L.A. Times promoting the International Food & Music Festival on Sept. 12. 


5.) Registration is now open for Downey's "Rock n Ride for Veterans" on Nov. 7. 

The event includes a 32-ride to Long Beach and back, or a shorter 6-mile loop in Downey. More details here.