Over 200 cats and dogs seized from Antelope Valley Animal Rescue


Los Angeles County staff seized nearly 200 cats and dozens of dogs and found several dead animals during a search of a rescue center in Antelope Valley last week, authorities said Monday. .

The search warrant was served Oct. 26 after the facility allegedly exceeded animal limits and failed to provide medical care to the animals, violating state and county laws, LA said. County Animal Care and Control in a statement.

The agency did not identify the facility by name, but said it was in Littlerock, a community just east of Palmdale.

“Providing safe and humane animal care is required by local and national law,” said Marcia Mayeda, director of Animal Care and Control. “Our department is committed to protecting animals and ensuring they receive the care they need.”

The search involved 25 animal care and control staff, including animal cruelty investigators and a forensic veterinarian.

Investigators found 195 cats, 43 dogs and six dead animals at the facility.

“Findings at the facility included animals in inhumane living conditions and evidence of the practice of medical care without a veterinary license,” the agency said.

The confiscated animals have been distributed to seven LA County care centers and are being evaluated and processed. They will not be immediately made available for adoption.

Investigative reports are being prepared for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office, Animal Care and Control said.

“Animal rescue organizations are responsible for meeting the basic housing, nutritional and health needs of all animals in their care,” the agency said. “Animals’ quality of life must be a priority.”


Los Angeles Times

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