Dog walker Nathan Rosiejka was walking the Corralitas Red Car trail east of Lake View Avenue in Silver Lake Friday afternoon when an object near the path caught his attention. At first he thought it might have been a bag or dog’s squeaky toy. It turned out to be what looked like a stomach (pictured here). Rosiejka didn’t think it was a human organ. But, in light of the discovery of animal remains in nearby Elysian Park, Rosiejka thought it would be a good idea to have someone from the city take a look to make sure nothing nefarious was going on. He spent about 20 minutes on his mobile phone to get either an animal control or police officer to investigate. Eventually Nathan gave up. It seemed that the City of Los Angeles was not very interested in investigating why a stomach would turn up on a path near homes and a preschool. “It was a complete waste of time,” said Nathan. “I couldn’t even get a confirmation from someone that animal control would come pick it up.”
Rosiejka, who was walking two dogs at the time, said he began making calls after 3 P.M. His first call was transferred to an Animal Services office that had been closed because of budget cuts; another operator informed him that an LAPD unit could be summoned but he would have to wait an indefinite period of time to show the officers where the organ was located (Rosieka had other dogs to walk that day and could not wait around); Another call was rerouted to an animal shelter, where an employee told Rosiejka they could not take care of sick animals. “It isn’t sick,” Rosiejka told the employee. “It’s a stomach in the middle of the trail.”
The employee then suggested the stomach might have been left over from an animal attack. But Rosiejka noted that the organ didn’t appear to be mangled and there were no other animal remains nearby. The response from the other end of the phone: “Oh, well I can’t do anything about that.”
At that point Rosiejka said he hung up and just kept walking.