October 31, 2022
Contact: Don Belton, Public Information Officer
Media Line: (562) 728-4644, PIO@animalcare.lacounty.gov
Animal Seizure at 501c3 Animal Facility in Littlerock, CA
LOS ANGELES, CA — On Wednesday, October 26, 2022, the Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control (DACC) served a search warrant at an animal rescue facility in Littlerock, CA resulting to the confiscation of 195 cats and 43 dogs, including six dead animals. The warrant was issued due to the animal rescue organization’s non-compliance with State and County animal care laws, exceeding animal limitation requirements, and failure to provide proper medical care for animals.
DACC’s Major Case Unit (MCU) partnered with the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department (LASD) Community Partnership Bureau and the District Attorney’s (DA) Office for this investigation. DACC had a team of 25 responders, including animal cruelty investigators and a forensics veterinarian. Findings in the facility included animals in inhumane living conditions and evidence of the practice of medical care without a veterinary license.
All animals seized were distributed among DACC’s seven animal care centers, where they are undergoing evaluation and treatment while the investigative reports are prepared for the DA. These animals will not be made available at this time.
“Providing safe and humane care to animals is required by local and State law,” said Marcia Mayeda, Director. “Our department stands committed to protecting animals and ensuring they receive the care they need.”
Animal rescue organizations are responsible for providing the basic needs for housing, nutrition, and health of all animals in their care. The quality of life of the animals must be a priority. Los Angeles County residents are asked to report suspected cases of animal neglect by calling DACC at (310) 523-9566.