LOS ANGELES – City Attorney Mike Feuer today announced that his office has filed multiple criminal charges against a woman who is alleged to have housed more than 30 dogs, five cats and two potbellied pigs in squalid conditions in her Lake Balboa home.
"Animal hoarding often results in abominable conditions that threaten the health and safety of animals and humans alike, as well as creating a nuisance in the neighborhood," said City Attorney Mike Feuer. "My office takes protecting the welfare of animals extremely seriously."
This is the second animal cruelty case filed by Feuer this week underlining the City Attorney’s commitment to protecting animal welfare.
Corey Deborah Carnegie, 50, was charged with one count of animal cruelty and three counts of animal neglect. If convicted, Carnegie could face up to one year in jail and $20,000 in fines for each count of animal cruelty and six months in jail and a $1,000 fine for each count of animal neglect.
On July 8, 2014, officers from the Los Angeles Department of Animal Services responded to a tip by other law enforcement agencies 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 allege they 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. It is alleged that the home was in extremely unsanitary conditions with an overwhelming odor and presence of urine and fecal matter throughout that made it difficult for officers to breathe. Officers also allege they 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.
Arraignment is scheduled for Nov. 19, 2014 in Department 101 of Van Nuys Superior Court. Deputy City Attorney Don Cocek of the City Attorney’s Animal Protection Unit is prosecuting the case.
On Tuesday, the City Attorney filed three criminal counts of animal neglect against Georgeanne Leong, 54, for allegedly keeping 249 chickens, 21 ducks and four Guinea pigs inside her 1,400 square-foot home in Sherman Oaks. Investigators allege they found several dead animals as well as excessive bird excrement and feathers throughout the home. Leong could face up to 18 months in jail and $3,000 in fines as well as restitution to the Department of Animal Services for veterinary care. Arraignment is scheduled for Nov. 17 in Van Nuys Superior Court.
City Attorney Neighborhood Prosecutor Tamar Galatzan is prosecuting the case.