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LAPD investigating cat hoarding in Panorama City

Los Angeles police said Thursday that they are investigating a 57-year-old man for suspected cruelty to animals after at least 96 cats -- and others whose remains were frozen -- were found in his Panorama City motor home.

Officers with the the Los Angeles City Animal Cruelty Task Force served a search warrant Wednesday at the motor home parked on property in the 8900 block of Noble Avenue in Panorama City, LAPD officials said.

LAPD spokesman Richard French said many of the cats were suffering from upper respiratory ailments, had mouth and facial abscesses and had ear deformities due to untreated ear mites.

Several cat and kitten remains also were discovered wrapped in towels and plastic inside a freezer in the motor home.

Police responded after previous complaints from animal rescue personnel, veterinarians and neighbors who told them that the man had refused medical care for the animals and was maintaining numerous sick cats inside his small residence.

According to police, one neighbor who described a foul odor coming from the motor home told them last summer “I’ve seen cats come onto the property but I’ve never seen any leave the property."

The LAPD is forwarding the cases to the Los Angeles city attorney’s office to determine what legal action, if any, may be taken against him, police said.

-- Andrew Blankstein

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It is tragic when someone who starts out with the best and most caring of intentions loses control and a situation spirals downward like this. The general public's failure to take collective responsibility for these most innocent and blameless of beings is a big part of the problem. Compassion, caring, and personal responsibility seem sadly lacking in our society. If far more people cared and put that caring into action, these situations would be very, very isolated instead of so prevalent they hardly raise eyebrows. It is ALL our responsibilities to care for the vulnerable and protect those we have "domesticated". Cats are the world's and the nation's most popular companion animals, with good reason. It is time for us to stop failing them!

Maybe LAPD should investigate the City of L.A. for hoarding illegals?!!!

Since my first comment was not published, here is my second. Cats are the most popular companion animal nationally and globally. We have domesticated cats, making us responsible for their wellbeing and protection; but this society has a big problem with apathy and failure to live up to that responsibility, creating situations where well-meaning and caring individuals attempt to care for larger numbers than they can give quality care. The situation devolves over time into a neglectful/abusive one, and the public points the finger at the person whose caring can no longer support all of the cats in his or her care. It is ALL of our responsibility to step up to the plate and care for the most vulnerable, innocent and blameless. Instead of vitriol, the cats need help and so does the overwhelmed caregiver.

Please publish one of my two comments already submitted. It is important.

What the heck have him clean the cages at the animal shelter.

They better file charges, what are they waiting for, they have plenty of evidence on hand.

Prosecute this coward to the full extent of the law and no plea bargains. Lets show accountability here, LA city attorney. Prove your creditability here, do the right thing. NO SLAP ON THE WRIST!!


Like the other poster wrote, this man started off with compassion for animals. All animal hoarders start that way, then it becomes out of control, which then becomes cruelty. More resources need to be put into enforcing the Spay and Neuter law, also providing more free spay and neuter. That's the only way we can reduce the population of unwanted dogs and cats. Also educating owners about responsibility. The biggest reasons why owners throw away their pet is (1) moving (2) behavioral issues (3) expense. I don't see many organizations addressing these issues.


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