Long Beach Animal Care Services (ACS) is providing veterinarian
care for several dozen cats that were removed from a vacant house.
Most of the cats were sick, non-responsive or underweight.
Approximately half of the cats were kittens.
"These animals were suffering needlessly from lack of proper
medical care," said Ted Stevens, Manager, Animal Care Services.
“We're fulfilling our obligation to intervene and make sure
that these animals are treated humanely.”
On Sunday, the Long Beach Police Department notified ACS about
multiple cats being stored in a house in the 3700 block of Marna
Avenue. ACS responded and witnessed numerous cats that appeared to
be in distress.
One cat was deceased at the home, and dozens of cats showed signs
of severe illness. After a thorough review, ACS took possession of
108 cats under California Penal Code Section 597.1, which prohibits
animal cruelty, abuse and neglect.
The cats were taken to the Long Beach Animal Shelter, where they
are being evaluated by medical staff. Many of the cats are still
being treated for illness and/or medical conditions. Unfortunately
a second cat died, and some cats that were very sick and suffering
had to be humanely euthanized.
This investigation is continuing. The cats are currently not
available for adoption; the public will be notified when they are
available for adoption.
Animal Care Services is located at the P.D. Pitchford Companion
Animal Village at 7700 East Spring Street in Long Beach. The
Village is open Wednesday through Friday 10 am - 5:30 pm, Saturday
and Sunday 10 am - 4 pm, and is closed on Mondays, Tuesday and
For more information, visit www.longbeach.gov/acs