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spcaLA To Pull 30 Cats and Kittens
from East LA Home

spcaLA Assists Elderly Woman Pleading for Help

» May 20, 2010

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Los Angeles CA—Humane Officers from Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Los Angeles (spcaLA) intend to trap and rescue 30 cats and kittens from an East Los Angeles home Friday Morning at 9am. The owner of the home is a 79 year old woman who asked spcaLA for help with the rapidly growing cat population at her residence.

kittens running loose in house

Ms. Lucia Aguilera’s intention was to care for the stray cats in her neighborhood. Her good deed began to sour as the cat population in her home multiplied. None of the cats are spayed or neutered and her house gained a reputation in the neighborhood as a place where people could dump unwanted felines. It is a misdemeanor to willfully abandon any animal in the State of California (PC 597s). Los Angeles Municipal Code furthers states animals may not be dumped or abandoned in any public or private place. It is a crime punishable with possible jail time and a fine up to $500.00.

“Often times, people have a good intention, but it just gets out of control. She is doing the right thing, though, allowing spcaLA to come in and remove the cats,” said spcaLA President Madeline Bernstein. “spcaLA is coming to her aid as an act of good will.”

spcaLA Humane Officers intend to remove the cats Friday morning and transport them to the spcaLA South Bay Pet Adoption Center in Hawthorne. At that time, the felines’ medical conditions will be assessed with the intent of placing healthy cats and kittens up for adoption. spcaLA is in need of kitten food and KMR® (Kitten Milk Replacer) to care for these rescued kittens as well as kittens already in their care.