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Animal Services seizes 29 neglected pets from the Riverside home of a former Beverly Hills mayor

April 24, 2010 | 11:33 am

Beverlyhillsmayor"No animal should have to live like this," Captain Tammie Belmonte said after Riverside County Department of Animal Services discovered 29 neglected animals in the home of a former mayor of Beverly Hills.

KTLA is reporting that 24 dogs, a cat and her four kittens were seized Friday from the Riverside home of Charlotte Spadaro, a self-proclaimed animal rescuer.

Several puppies were found malnourished and plagued with mange, according to John Welsh of the Animal Services Department. Several rusted, filthy cages covered in feces were discovered on the property by officers, along with piles of rotten food and trash.

A deceased dog was discovered in a trailer on the property, where 15 other dogs, mainly puppies, had been housed. The stench of the trailer was overwhelming, according to lead investigator Captain Tammie Belmonte.

Spadaro, who was not present in the home when authorities seized the animals, was arraigned in 2005 for animal abuse when officials found 135 dogs and 30 cats in her home and a dead dog in her freezer.

-- Tony Pierce

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Photo: Former Beverly Hills Mayor Charlotte Spadaro. Credit: KTLA

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