LOS ANGELES – City Attorney Mike Feuer today announced that his Office’s Animal Protection Unit has successfully secured a conviction against a woman who was found to have housed more than 30 dogs, six cats and two potbellied pigs in squalid conditions in her Lake Balboa home. The case is the second conviction for animal cruelty the City Attorney’s Office has secured this week.
"Our animals should be cherished, and my office takes protecting their welfare and safety very seriously," said City Attorney Feuer. "Animal hoarding often results in horrendous conditions that threaten the health and safety of animals and humans alike. We will continue to vigorously prosecute these cases.”
Corey Deborah Carnegie, 50, was convicted of one count of animal cruelty and three counts of animal neglect following a one-week jury trial. Judge Christine Ewell sentenced Carnegie to three years of probation and ordered her to complete 45 days of community labor as well as a year-long animal cruelty counseling program. Carnegie was also ordered not to possess or be in custody of any animals for five years or participate in any animal rescue or adoption activities. A 180 day jail sentence was suspended pending the defendant’s successful completion of the probation conditions.
On July 8, 2014, officers from the Los Angeles Department of Animal Services responded to a tip by other law enforcement agency regarding reports of multiple animals being kept at a two bedroom, 1680 square foot, home on the 6600 block of Louise Avenue in Lake Balboa. Responding officers found 32 dogs being kept on the property, many of whom appeared to have skin conditions, flea infestation, fecal matter matted in their paws and fur as well as a strong smell of urine. The home was in an extremely unsanitary condition with an overwhelming odor and presence of urine and fecal matter throughout that made it difficult for officers to breathe. Officers observed multiple dirty animal crates with soiled blankets and bedding in the home. All of the animals were removed from the property and taken into custody by Animal Services for veterinary care. Carnegie will be required to reimburse the department for all costs related to the seizure. Deputy City Attorney Don Cocek of the City Attorney’s Animal Protection Unit successfully prosecuted the case.
In a separate case, Georgeanne Leong, 54, entered a no contest plea on Feb. 17, 2015 to one count of animal cruelty. Leong was sentenced to 36 months of probation, 60 days of community labor and a 48 session animal cruelty counseling program. Leong is also prohibited from owning or caring for any animals or participating in any animal rescue or adoption activities.
In August 2014, investigators discovered Leong keeping 249 chickens, 21 ducks and four Guinea pigs inside her 1,400 square-foot home in Sherman Oaks. During a second visit in October 2014, investigators discovered a duck Leong admitted to performing an operation without anesthesia resulting in an infection. Investigators also found several dead animals as well as excessive bird excrement and feathers throughout the home during inspections. Leong will be responsible for reimbursing the Department of Animal Services for all cost associated with taking the animals into custody.
Neighborhood Prosecutor Tamar Galatzan successfully prosecuted the case.