Los Angeles County officials confiscated nearly 200 cats and dozens of dogs and found several dead animals during a search of a rescue facility 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 animals because it failed to comply with state and county laws, LA County Animal Care and Control said in a news release.
The agency did not name the facility but said it is located in Littlerock, a community east of Palmdale.
“The safe and humane care of animals is mandated by local and state laws,” 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 employees, 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 providing 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 treated. They will not be immediately put up for adoption.
Investigative reports are being prepared for the Los Angeles County Attorney’s Office, Animal Care and Control said.
“Animal welfare organizations have a responsibility to meet the basic housing, nutrition and health needs of all animals in their care,” the agency said. “The quality of life of the animals must be the priority.”
https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2022-10-31/over-200-cats-dogs-seized-from-antelope-valley-animal-rescue Over 200 cats, dogs seized from Antelope Valley animal rescue