Lost Dog: Shelters Looking Into Missing Animals
Over 64 animals went missing from six shelters over the past year, reports KTLA. The animals, most of which were dogs, were reportedly "highly adoptable," said KTLA. Officials are afraid that they were stolen in order to then be sold. 39 of the animals came from one shelter: North Central animal shelter in Lincoln Heights, according to KABC. Since then, the facility has changed the locks on the cages and is seeking to determine whether the pet-robbers acted alone or with the help of staff or a volunteer. KABC reports:
"It's hard to tell whether the situation was so lax that the public could come in take animals out without us knowing it or whether there was assistance from staff or volunteers, which I would doubt," [said Department of Animal Services Manager Brenda Barnette].
The price of adopting a pet is over $120, which includes vaccinations and paperwork.