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LAPD investigating cat hoarding in Panorama City

January 6, 2011 |  3:55 pm

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