238 animals seized at Antelope Valley rescue center

Nearly 240 animals, including six dead, have been seized from an animal sanctuary in Antelope Valley, officials said Monday.

The Los Angeles County Animal Care and Control Department issued a search warrant at the Littlerock facility on October 26 because the rescue organization failed to follow state and county laws on animal care, exceeded animal limitation requirements and failed to provide proper medical care for animals, officials said.

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

The animals, including 195 cats and 43 dogs, were seized and distributed among the department’s seven pet stores. They are evaluated and processed while reports are prepared for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office for possible charges.

Officials stressed that animal rescue organizations are supposed to be responsible for providing basic housing and nutrition needs for the basic health of the animals in their care.

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

Los Angeles County residents are urged to report suspected cases of animal neglect by calling the department at 310-523-9566.

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