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News Release

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Media Relations

Animal Hoarding in North Hollywood

Los Angeles: The Los Angeles City Animal Cruelty Task Force (ACTF) investigators found 5 dead cats along with 17 live cats and kittens at a residence in North Hollywood.

On November 20, 2007, at 7:50 in the morning, investigators served a search warrant in the 5700 block of Fair Avenue. The ACTF has received numerous complaints from the neighbors regarding animal hoarding at the residence. The neighbors said there are multiple cats and that there were obnoxious odors emanating from the location.

A 65-year-old female resident was detained per a search warrant. The ACTF worked in cooperation with the Department of Housing, the Los Angeles Police Department Hazmat Unit and the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health and obtained the much-needed care for the resident. Four dead cats were removed from inside the home as well as 17 live cats and kittens. Another dead cat was removed from the driveway.

The resident was placed on a mental evaluation hold due to her condition and the animals were placed into protective custody at the Los Angeles Animal Services East Valley Shelter. The Department of Housing posted a notice advising the residence was uninhabitable and required immediate attention before re-occupancy.

The Los Angeles City Animal Cruelty Task Force is made up of Los Angeles Police Officers and Detectives, Animal Service Officers from the Department of Animal Services and Deputy City Attorney’s from the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office. They investigate human cruelty against animals.

Reports of animal cruelty can be reported to the Animal Cruelty Task Force at 213-847-1417.

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