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More Than A Thousand Dead Animals Found In 'Appalling' Conditions In Montclair Warehouse
Police found on Friday morning nearly 2,000 animals kept "in appalling conditions" at a Montclair warehouse, the Inland Valley Humane Society (IVHS) said in a Facebook post. According to KTLA, more than 1,000 of those animals were dead.
The discovery was made after authorities served an arrest warrant at the property in the 4600 block of Arrow Highway, according to ABC 7. The IVHS said that the suspect had been detained earlier in the week, but the discovery of the animals didn't happen until Friday. A team consisting of the IVHS, the Montclair Police Department, and the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals were called in after noises were heard coming from the industrial complex. The IVHS describe the scene they encountered upon entering:
Between 1,000 and 2,000 chicks and chickens as well as 100 exotic birds were being kept in appalling conditions. There was little ventilation provided. Rescue Officers could not find any food or water for the birds. The warehouse was covered in feces and filled with trash.
The animals discovered included chickens, parakeets, lovebirds, and dozens of exotic fish. ABC7 said that snakes were found as well.
Reporter Beatriz Valenzuela shot a video of the removal process at the scene:
Valenzuela also reports that the final count of animals may climb:
Humane Society of Fishel say the actual number of animals seized in Montclair could reach as high as 3,000.— Beatriz La Bruja 🎃 (@BeatrizVNews) August 4, 2017
The IVHS said that they've taken in some of the birds that were found alive, and that their availability for adoption is pending an investigation.
The suspect now faces felony animal cruelty charges.