SPCA Rescues 105 Severely Emaciated Animals

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Update 8/14/15: The suspect has been charged with three felony and three misdemeanor counts of animal abuse.

Update 8/12/15: The case has been submitted to the Monterey County Office of the District Attorney for multiple counts of animal cruelty and neglect.

Thanks to your support, the rescued animals are recovering under our compassionate care. Sadly, despite our best efforts, the four severely emaciated, dehydrated, and sick kittens and two of the emaciated young calves did not survive the criminal neglect they endured. Five of the rescued dogs were returned to their original owners, as our investigation revealed that the suspect was wrongly trusted with caretaking some dogs that were not her own. One additional dog was returned to a Santa Cruz-based rescue group that she was fostering for. The goats, sheep, and one piglet were adopted into loving homes, and the other piglets, chickens, and ducks are all currently healthy and available for adoption.

The nine remaining rescued dogs still need time to recover from their serious neglect and emaciation before being healthy enough for adoption. Our investigation revealed that one rescued dog weighed 110 lbs at the beginning of July and just 67 lbs when he was rescued on July 27. The young calves are also on the slow road to recovery, and still being bottle fed multiple times a day by our loving barn staff and volunteers. We will continue to update when they are healthy and available for adoption. You can help. Donate now.

Original Story: On Monday, July 27, The SPCA for Monterey County rescued 105 severely emaciated animals from a property in Moss Landing. Sadly, five more were found deceased.

After an anonymous tip came on Monday about dead and dying animals at a property off Dolan Road in Moss Landing, SPCA Humane Officers discovered a horrific scene of animals who had not had access to food or water in quite some time.

The SPCA rescued 34 four to eight week old calves, 4 cows, 35 goats, 3 sheep, 3 hens, 2 ducks, 5 young piglets, 15 dogs, and 4 kittens. One severely emaciated and critically anemic border collie mix dog was found near death and rushed to an emergency veterinary clinic for immediate care where it received multiple lifesaving procedures including an immediate blood transfusion. The livestock animals were assessed on scene by Steinbeck Country Equine Clinic, and the six most critically ill are receiving bottle feeding, intensive care, antibiotics, and vitamin B injections at the SPCA.

The animals were found on a quarter acre lot with a house and numerous outbuildings.  The cluttered, manure-filled property had piecemeal pens tied together with wire or twine. There were multiple buckets of spoiled milk in full sun covered in flies. The piglets had no shelter from the sun and no water. The goats ran up to the front of their pens, crying in hunger, and aggressively trying to get to feed. Two of the dogs were discovered in dirty crates locked in a car, and two more dogs were found in crates in the bed of a pickup truck concealed by the shell of the truck in direct sun with insufficient ventilation. Three adult sheepdogs that should weigh 100-110 lbs each, currently weigh just 50-55 lbs.

Monterey County Code Enforcement will be following up regarding additional violations including but not limited to the deceased animals on the property.

Multiple criminal charges for animal neglect and abuse will be submitted to the Monterey County Office of the District Attorney. The owner could be charged with the following offenses: California Penal Code Sections 597.1 (Permitting Animals to Go Without Care), Penal Code 597(a) (Animal Cruelty), and Penal Code 597(b) (Deprivation of Food, Water, and Shelter) Health and Safety Code 122335(b) (illegal tethering).

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SPCA Offering Reward: Abandoned Puppy

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UPDATE 8/3/15:  After our investigation started revealing discrepancies in the finder’s story, SPCA humane officers contacted her for questioning. The finder confessed: she had made up the story. She then told officers she had purchased the puppy from a transient. When she was unable find a new home for the puppy on her own, she surrendered him to the SPCA with a false story. SPCA officers counseled her on the ramifications of lying to law enforcement. She was apologetic and contrite.

Pierre was adopted by a loving family, but we encourage anyone interested to please adopt one of the thousands of other homeless chihuahuas in need or to sign up for our Pet Alert Program to receive an automatic text or email when a chihuahua puppy is available for adoption.

Original Story: The SPCA for Monterey County is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons who abandoned a tiny puppy behind the restaurant Patria on Main Street in Salinas on or around Sunday, July 19.

A Good Samaritan found the six week old Chihuahua mix puppy in an alley near Patria around 10 pm Sunday night. The puppy was shut in a small, dirty, excrement-filled lavender purse pet carrier with no access to food or water. He was hungry, thirsty, and crying. The finder, here on vacation, took him to her hotel and fed him, then on the advice of friends and family, brought him to the SPCA on Tuesday July 21.

This puppy is particularly identifiable, as his nails had been painted red before he was found.

The puppy, who SPCA staff are calling Pierre, is receiving veterinary services, love, and lots of needed TLC at the SPCA. Our rescues are only made possible by your support. To donate to help rescue animals like Pierre, please call the SPCA or donate online at www.SPCAmc.org.

Once caught, their owner could be charged with the following offenses: California Penal Code Sections 597.1 (Permitting Animals to Go Without Care), Penal Code 597 (Animal Cruelty), Penal Code 597(b) (Deprivation of Food, Water, and Shelter), and Penal Code 597s (Abandonment).

If you have any information about this case, please contact The SPCA at 831-373-2631 or report online.  All calls are completely confidential.

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SPCA Rescues Emaciated Dogs

UPDATE 8/3/15: Both Cowboy and Chicken (now Daisy) made a full recovery and were adopted into loving homes. The defendant failed to appear in court and remains at large.

On November 5, the SPCA for Monterey County rescued two severely emaciated dogs from a house in the Creekbridge area of north Salinas.

The dogs, both hound mixes, were very underweight. The female, named Chicken, weighed just 10.9 pounds when her healthy weight should be 15-20 lbs. The male, named Cowboy, weighted just 16.9 lbs, when he should weigh 20-25 pounds. Both dogs also suffered from flea infestations and were understandably very hungry.

SPCA Humane Investigations officers are still investigating and will likely submit today’s case to the Monterey County Office of the District Attorney for their consideration of multiple counts of animal abuse under the California State Penal Code.

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SPCA Rescues Cats and Kittens

UPDATE 8/3/15: After receiving badly needed veterinary care, including the removal an eye for four cats, as well as socialization from our compassionate staff and volunteers the cats and kittens were adopted into loving homes.

ORIGINAL RESCUE STORY:

On Thursday October 9, the SPCA for Monterey County rescued seven sick cats and kittens from a repulsive house in Prunedale.

SPCA Humane Officers served a search warrant at a residence on Lake View Drive in Prunedale after receiving a report about a suspected hoarding situation. The hazardously cluttered house was filled with feces, urine, garbage, boxes, old newspapers, and more. The smell of ammonia from the urine was overwhelming and posed a serious health hazard. Officers rescued seven cats and kittens, all extremely sick and suffering numerous apparent infections due to their lifetime of neglect. The cats are undergoing thorough emergency veterinary examinations to begin the long road to recovery and adoption, where they will receive lots of TLC from compassionate staff.

Adult Protective Services, Monterey County Sheriff’s Department, MCSO Code Enforcement, and North County Fire Department were involved with the rescue. Monterey County Building and Planning Department and Monterey County Environmental Health also responded to the scene.

SPCA Humane Investigations officers are still investigating and will submit today’s case to the Monterey County Office of the District Attorney for their consideration of multiple counts of animal abuse under the California State Penal Code.

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SPCA Rescues 70 Pets in Greenfield

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UPDATE 8/3/15: Suspect failed to appear in court and has an active felony warrant for $10,000. Suspect remains at large. All rescued pets were adopted into loving homes.

UPDATE 7/29/14: Four tiny puppies were born, bringing the total rescue to 87 pets. Happily, these four puppies were lucky – born in a clean room with ample fresh food and water for their mother, fresh air, natural sunlight, and lots of love from compassionate SPCA staff.

RESCUE STORY:
On July 23, the SPCA for Monterey County rescued 83 neglected pets from a house in Greenfield.

SPCA Humane Officers responded to a residence on the 300 block of Apple Avenue in Greenfield after receiving a call from the Greenfield Police Department about a suspected hoarding situation. The small house was filled with feces, urine, and thousands of cockroaches. The smell of ammonia from the urine was overwhelming and posed a serious health hazard. Adult Protective Services, Child Protective Services and Monterey County Department of Health are also involved in the investigation. The house has been declared uninhabitable.

The rescued pets were dirty, matted, skinny, severely infested with fleas, and suffering from ear parasites and upper respiratory infections. Many were confined to small cages. One cat was locked in a cage without food, so weak and emaciated he was unable to move. Sadly, due to lack of treatment, many of the pets were so neglected that after an examination by veterinarians, 45 pets had to be humanely euthanized to end their extreme suffering.

This is the seventh large-scale rescue performed by the SPCA this year and the seventeenth since April 2013. During the past year alone, SPCA Humane Officers rescued 637 animals from cruelty and neglect found in these types of situations.

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SPCA Rescues 20 Pets from Filthy House in Pacific Grove

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On Wednesday, May 7, The SPCA for Monterey County rescued 14 dogs, four young puppies and two cats from shocking,inhumane conditions in a Pacific Grove house.

The small street corner residence was dangerously cluttered with piles of clothing, trash and garbage as well as being  filled with feces and urine.  All 18 dogs, including four very young puppies, were locked in three small back rooms, where the overwhelming stench of ammonia from urine caused difficulty breathing and made humane officers’ eyes burn.  The toxic conditions of the home were so extreme and unsafe that Pacific Grove Fire Department personnel strongly recommended that animal rescuers not return inside the house without protective equipment due to high levels of ammonia gas. During the search of the home some doors had to be forced open by rescuers because they were blocked by deep piles of feces and garbage.

The house, designated as a historic home by the Heritage Society of Pacific Grove, has since been declared uninhabitable.

The rescued pets are suffering from flea infestations, eye discharge, ear infections, hair loss, dental disease, eye trauma, overgrown toenails (one so long it had painfully pierced and was growing into the pad of the foot), and overall lack of care.  Some of the rescued pets are thin and underfed.

Other agencies involved include the Pacific Grove Fire Department, Pacific Grove Police Department, City of Monterey building inspector, and PGPD Code Enforcement officers.

 SPCA Humane Investigations officers are still investigating and will likely submit this sad case to the Monterey County Office of the District Attorney for their consideration of multiple counts of animal neglect under the California State Penal Code.

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SPCA Rescues 14 Dogs and Puppies From Vehicle In Monterey

Update 8/3/15: The defendant was convicted by a jury of three counts of animal cruelty and confined animal charges. She is currently on conditional probation, and cannot own animals for five years.

Update 10/17/14: The rescued dogs and puppies, named after the San Francisco Giants, have recovered and are ready for new, lifelong homes. The suspect in this case, Betty Bustamante, failed to appear in court for a third time this past Tuesday. See video of their rescue.

The pets, Pomeranians and Jack Russell Terriers, range in age from seven months to seven years old. All SPCA adoptions come with the pet’s spay or neuter surgery, vaccinations, health evaluation, pet food, microchip, and lots more. It is a value of over $700, not even including the lifetime of love. Adopters must agree to make the pet or information about the pet available if it is needed for the potential criminal court case.

Their names are: Panda, Posey, Pence, Crawford, Brandon, Madison, Romo, Hudson, Vogelsong, Morse, Peavy, Jeremy, Bochy, and Amy G. Visit our adoptables or please consider donating if you are inspired to help pets rescued by the SPCA.

Original News Coverage & Rescue Story:

On April 21, the SPCA for Monterey County rescued 14 dogs and puppies from a vehicle parked in Monterey.

The 4 adult dogs and 10 puppies, all pomeranians and jack russell terriers, were found stacked in seven tiny filthy crates in a cluttered older model Subaru parked at Virgin Ave and Montecito Ave in Monterey. The dogs were kept as many as four to a crate, and the crates averaged only 20” long by 13” wide by 11” tall in size. The crates were so small that many of the tiny dogs were unable to stand up straight.

When questioned, the owner stated that the SPCA was taking her money and that she could “sell the puppies for $2,000 in Carmel.”

The dogs and puppies immediately underwent emergency examinations by SPCA veterinarians, and received lots of TLC from compassionate SPCA staff.

We are thankful to the many Monterey residents who reported this case and her various locations to the SPCA as the situation was mobile, the suspect had been actively evading humane officers.

When purchasing a puppy, always research the breeder, meet the parents, see where the puppies are raised, and ask for veterinary records so that you do not support neglectful, inhumane breeders.

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SPCA Rescues 30 Neglected Dog and Puppies From Hoarder in Soledad

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UPDATE 8/4/15: Suspects convicted of animal cruelty, and is currently paying restitution to the SPCA.

Original Rescue Story:

On Saturday, October 19, the SPCA for Monterey County received a call from Soledad Animal Control requesting assistance with a suspected hoarding case on Ticino St. in Soledad. Upon arriving at the scene, SPCA Humane Officers discovered numerous dogs and puppies in horrific conditions.

Due to the dilapidated and extremely cluttered conditions of the house, the rescue effort took two days, with 11 dogs and ten puppies rescued on Saturday. After Humane Officers secured a search warrant, they were able to rescue nine additional dogs.

The house was cluttered to the ceiling with furniture, trash, boxes and garbage.  In order to move throughout the house, rescuers had to walk sideways through narrow, hazardous walkways.  Inside the house,  surfaces were covered in feces, urine, animal hair and spider webs.  An overwhelming smell of ammonia and feces permeated the home.  Hundreds of rats and mice were also seen living in the squalid house.

The rescued dogs are Shih tzus, chihuahuas, and rat terriers. Many are matted, covered in feces and urine and are displaying health issues consistent with hoarding and neglect cases including severe matting, very long and untrimmed nails, and severe skin issues related to flea infestations.  All of the pets will receive a complete veterinary exam and begin treatment immediately.

This is the fifth large-scale rescue performed recently by your local, independent SPCA. These five operations resulted in the rescue of 190 pets during just those cases alone.

SPCA Humane Investigations officers are still investigating and will likely submit this case to the Monterey County Office of the District Attorney for their consideration of multiple counts of animal abuse under the California State Penal Code.

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SPCA Rescues Dozens of Cats and Kittens From House in Greenfield

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UPDATE 8/4/15: Suspect convicted of animal cruelty, currently paying restitution to The SPCA.

Original Rescue Story:

On Thursday, September 5, the SPCA for Monterey County executed a warrant and rescued over 30 cats and kittens from a house on 6th Street in Greenfield. The surviving cats and kittens are currently undergoing emergency medical evaluation and treatment at the SPCA.

The house where the cats were kept is covered in feces. The odor of urine is so strong you can easily smell it from outside the house. The rescued cats are underweight and suffering from upper respiratory infections and ear mites.

This is the fourth large-scale rescue performed recently by your local, independent SPCA. Other recent cases include:

  • Seaside Cat Hoarding, July 2012: 51 adult cats, 113 deceased kittens. Successful conviction.
  • Monterey Animal Hoarding, April 2013: 22 cats, 24 dogs, 7 puppies. Owner pled guilty to charges.
  • St.. Francis All Creature Rescue & Sanctuary, June 2013: 17 dogs, cats, birds, kittens. Charges have been filed.

The SPCA for Monterey County rescued 151 pets just during these rescues alone. The SPCA is not a chapter of any other organization and does not receive tax funding. All these rescues are made possible by the generosity of our donors.

SPCA Humane Investigations officers are still investigating and will likely submit this case to the Monterey County Office of the District Attorney for their consideration of multiple counts of animal abuse under the California State Penal Code.

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SPCA Seizes Neglected Pets from Animal Rescue

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UPDATE 3/4/15: Suspect was found to be in violation of her probation, and has acquired additional animals at her Arizona residence. Suspect is due back in court July 2015.

Update 7/22/14:

Monterey County District Attorney Dean D. Flippo announced today that his office, along with the District Attorneys of Fresno County, Contra Costa County, and Tulare County, settled their civil case against animal hoarder Crystal Kisicki and St. Francis All Creature Rescue and Sanctuary. The terms of the agreement provide for a statewide permanent injunction and require Kisicki to comply with probation requirements from her criminal case and pay the SPCA for Monterey County restitution as awarded by the criminal court.

The defendants agreed to a permanent injunction that bars Kisicki from possessing or “rescuing” any animal, selling or adopting out animals, working or interacting with animals, and adopting or procuring any animal from any animal shelter, pound, pet store, individual, Craigslist or any other online site, or from any other source. The permanent injunction also prohibits St. Francis All Creature Rescue and Sanctuary and Crystal Kisicki from starting up or working with another animal rescue group and soliciting potential adopters or monetary donors. St. Francis All Creature Rescue and Sanctuary and Crystal Kisicki are also required to remove any web pages and profiles they used to solicit donations or display animals.

Update 1/23/14:

On January 17, Crystal Kisicki pled no contest to charges of animal cruelty.  She was sentenced to serve 10 days in county jail, probation, and is under orders not to own any animals with the exception of three dogs she currently has.  Those dogs must be microchipped for positive identification, and she must submit a progress report to the courts every three months from a licensed veterinarian regarding the health and care of the three dogs.

Original Story:

On Saturday, June 15, The SPCA for Monterey County rescued 17 neglected animals, including 14 dogs and puppies, 1 kitten, and 2 birds, from a woman claiming to run a rescue group and adopting them at PetSmart in Sand City.

The woman, Crystal Kisicki, runs St. Francis All Creature Rescue and Sanctuary.. Kisicki uses multiple addresses and P.O. boxes throughout the state of California, including San Ramon, Squaw Valley, and Dunlap. Please donate to help.

Because many addresses are in the Fresno area, we contacted the CCSPCA in Fresno for assistance. On June 19, they seized 61 neglected animals from Kisicki’s property in Squaw Valley.

The initial report to the SPCA came from a victim who had adopted a puppy from Kisicki at Petco in Monterey. The puppy suffered from scabies and fleas and was very thin. The victim paid $500 for the puppy. A second victim had also adopted a puppy from Kisicki at Petco in Monterey. He believed he was adopting an 8 week old puppy, but vets aged the dog at 8 months. The dog suffered from pustules, alopecia, and an overall skin infection. The victim and his wife both believe they contracted scabies from their dog.

The dogs and puppies range in age from 12 weeks to four years old, and were all thin. They are being treated for parasites and painful skin infections. The birds were very hungry, housed inhumanely, and suffering from feather loss. Kisicki was unable to provide SPCA humane officers with proof of vaccinations for any of the animals.

The SPCA is concerned there are additional adopted animals that are in need of veterinary treatment, as well as owners who may be in need of medical treatment. If you believe you adopted a pet from Kisicki, please contact the SPCA at 831-373-2631.

Always report animal cruelty and neglect when you see something that does not look right, even if the person claims to be a rescue group. We strongly advise against adopting or purchasing animals if the seller will not allow you to see where the animals are kept and cannot provide veterinary records.

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SPCA Rescues 48 Animals from Horrific Hoarding Conditions

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Update 8/4/15:
Suspects convicted of animal cruelty, currently paying restitution to The SPCA.

Update 5/10/13:
Many of the pets rescued from a horrific hoarding situation in Monterey are available for adoption into new loving homes.

Early in the morning on April 28, SPCA for Monterey County Humane Officers and the Monterey Police Department rescued 48 animals from a residence in Monterey.  During the following week, SPCA officers rescued five additional cats and found the remains of two cats and one small dog. The house where the animals were being kept was three feet deep in garbage, urine, and feces.

The total number of rescued pets is now 22 cats, 24 dogs, and 7 young puppies. The house has been declared uninhabitable by the City of Monterey.

Update 5/8/13: From Monterey Police Department
On April 27, 2013, Monterey Officers initiated an investigation into animal cruelty at 1290 First Street in Monterey. During the course of the investigation over 48 dogs and cats were taken into protective custody and housed at the SPCA.

Detectives completed their investigation and requested a warrant for the resident.  The resident has been identified as Ilagene “Jeanie” Quaglia, a 59 year old female who lived by herself at that address.

Quaglia was arrested without incident today at her workplace, 686 Lighthouse, Monterey. She was booked at the Monterey City Jail on the warrant for animal cruelty and will be transported to the Monterey County Jail to be held in lieu of $10,000 bail. Quaglia is facing new charge of animal cruelty as a cat was located locked in the trunk of her vehicle when she was arrested.

Update 5/1/13:
Yesterday, SPCA for Monterey County Humane Officers and the Monterey Police Department returned to serve a search warrant at the location where 48 animals had been rescued last Sunday.  The warrant was based on an anonymous report that cats were still hidden within the uninhabitable buildings.  SPCA officers rescued two additional cats and found the remains of two cats and one small dog.

The total number of rescued pets is now 19 cats, 24 dogs, and 7 young puppies. The house has been declared uninhabitable by the City of Monterey.

Original New Release:
On April 28 the SPCA for Monterey County rescued 17 cats, 24 dogs, and 7 young puppies from a horrific hoarding situation in Monterey.

SPCA Humane Officers and skilled staff members responded to the scene at 1:00 am after receiving a call for assistance from City of Monterey Police Department. SPCA staff worked diligently until 9:00 am that morning rescuing the scared dogs and cats and brought them to the safety of the SPCA to provide much needed medical examinations, vaccinations, flea treatments, food, water, and care.

The rescued pets suffered from flea infestations, eye infections, painful dental infections, and skin infections. Many of the dogs are covered in painful mats, urine stains, and fecal matter due to the inhumane conditions in which they were being kept. Most of the rescued animals are emaciated.

The cats and dogs are now safe and are being treated for their illnesses and enjoying fresh food, clean water, and comfortable living conditions in addition to compassionate care from SPCA staff.

No information is currently available on the owner. The house where the animals were being kept was three feet deep in garbage, urine, and feces, and has been declared uninhabitable by the City of Monterey.

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SPCA Rescues 51 Cats, Discovers Remains of Numerous Kittens

On July 24, 2012, the SPCA for Monterey County rescued 51 cats from two properties in Seaside occupied by a woman and her adult daughter. September 11, the daughter pled not guilty to three felony PC597(b) counts of cruelty to animals and three misdemeanor PC597.1(a) charges of animal neglect. The mother pled not guilty to three misdemeanor PC 597.1(a) charges of animal neglect. The next court date is scheduled for October 3rd.

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Charges were filed after SPCA for Monterey County seized 51 cats from a house in Seaside on July 24. The SPCA also discovered 113 deceased kittens in that property and another nearby apartment rented by a member of the same family. The heartbreaking story received international attention.

Since the rescue, four cats underwent emergency surgery at the SPCA for pyometra, a severe infection of the uterus that is fatal if left untreated.  Three of the cats with pyometra suffered E. coli infections in their uteruses. The test results for the fourth cat are pending. Sadly, despite emergency medical care, one of the 51 rescued cats had to be humanely euthanized due to severe, incurable sepsis. A second cat suffered a rapid and unexpected decline of health and needed to be humanely euthanized. A third cat died of unknown causes. Necropsies are pending.

The remaining rescued cats are showing improvement. The majority of the cats are living in two large colony rooms filled with fresh air, natural sunlight, and numerous gifts generously donated from compassionate people around the world. The donated cat trees, beds, toys, and supplies are helping teach the rescued cats to play and relax. Every day the SPCA sees more cats coming out of hiding and wanting to be brushed or petted. Video available: www.bit.ly/spca-cats.

The SPCA had originally received reports that some of the cats may have been taken from local streets and may have owners looking for them. To date, no matches have been made.

To learn how you can help, put your name on a list of potential adopters, or report animal cruelty, please contact The SPCA at 831-373-2631.  All calls are confidential.  To donate to the care and medical treatment of these cats and to help with the SPCA’s rescue efforts, please call The SPCA or donate online at www.SPCAmc.org.

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SPCA Rescues Emaciated Former Police Dog

The SPCA for Monterey County rescued a severely emaciated German shepherd. The dog was previously a police K9 officer and belonged to a former Watsonville police officer. The District Attorney’s Office recently filed charges against the suspect, Francisco Ibarra. Ibarra pleaded not guilty to both charges in a Monterey County court. Ibarra is representing himself in the case and is due back in court June 19 for a pre-trial hearing.

The five year old dog was found at the Salinas residence of former police officer Francisco Ibarra. The dog’s hips and ribs were prominently showing and there was no food in the backyard. SPCA Humane Officers seized the dog on February 17 after giving Ibarra a 24 hours’ notice to contact the SPCA and receiving no response.

The emaciated and dehydrated dog, later identified as former K9 officer Ingo, was immediately evaluated by a Veterinarian who gave him 1 body condition score. The canine Body Condition Score chart goes from 1-5 with 1 being emaciated, 3 considered ideal, and 5 being obese. A score of 1 reflects that ribs, lumbar vertebrae, pelvic bones and all body prominences are evident from a distance; no discernible body fat; and obvious absence of muscle mass.

X-rays revealed Ingo’s stomach was filled with what appeared to be sand or dirt. The next day he passed pieces of green plastic, dirt, sand, hair, and grass.  He is slowly recovering and gaining weight on a specialized diet on a prescribed feeding schedule.

There does not appear to be a medical reason for his emaciation. At his time of rescue in March he weighed 55 lbs. An average adult male German shepherd of his size should weigh 80 to 90 pounds.  As of May 1st, he weighs 80 pounds.

To report animal cruelty and neglect, please contact the SPCA at 831-373-2631. All calls are confidential.  To donate to help animals like Ingo, please call the SPCA or donate online.

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SPCA for Monterey County Issues Warning and Reward: Man Practicing Veterinary Medicine without License in California

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Updated 2/3:

Thanks to the generous support of our concerned community plus an additional $500 from the Santa Cruz SPCA (all SPCAs are independent and not chapters of each other) the reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Damian Maldonado is now up to $5,000. The SPCA for Monterey County originally offered a $1,000 reward in this case.

Maldonado is described as a Hispanic adult male, approximately 32 years old, weighing 200-210 lbs, and 5’8” to 5’10” in height.  His business card states that he operates “El Cartel Bully Kennels” and provides veterinary medical services.  He offers the following services, many of which are illegal without a veterinary license: general consultations, vaccinations, deworming, general surgeries, supplements, accessories, vitamins, artificial insemination, stud services, and puppy sales.

The SPCA has now found four canine victims of a man falsely representing himself as a licensed Veterinarian. The SPCA is also seeking information about a potential fifth victim, a Doberman puppy found four weeks ago.

Two pit bull puppies, known as Frankie and Anna, have since been adopted.  A third pit bull puppy received licensed vet care and is still with his owner. The fourth puppy, a Doberman pinscher, is now on pain medication and antibiotics and recovering at his owner’s home.

The pit bull puppies were surrendered to the SPCA on Friday, January 21 after their owner, a Soledad resident, hired Maldonado to crop the ears on three of his puppies.  Maldonado charged the owner $100 per puppy to perform the procedure in the owner’s backyard on a makeshift table using fishing line as suture material.

The Doberman puppy’s illegal surgery was performed in the owner’s Salinas living room on a plastic folding table.  Maldonado placed sticks 1 ½ to 2” inside the puppy’s ear canal to hold the puppy’s ear up, sewed the cuts with fishing line, and wrapped tape directly on the open wounds.  Licensed Veterinarians noted that the ears were not cropped by a trained vet, that there was not enough ear cartilage left to support the ears correctly, and that the tail was cropped too closely to the puppy’s body.

If apprehended, Maldonado could be charged with violation of the Drug Enforcement Administration regulations, practicing veterinary medicine without a license, and a variety of Penal Code violations for cruelty to animals.

If you have any information about this case or if you and your pet have been victims of Maldonado, please contact The SPCA at 831-373-2631 or 422-4721 x213 or report online.  All reports are completely confidential.

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A Heartwarming Reunion at the SPCA

On Thursday, May 14th, a heartwarming reunion took place at The SPCA for Monterey County between a rescued mare and the former owner who for years has regretted selling her.

Mesa, a 19 year old Quarter horse mare, was rescued in September 2008 from a neglectful owner. Mesa was approximately 300 lbs underweight, her feet were in very poor condition, and she had a young foal by her side.

The owner was unable to meet the conditions required to reclaim her.

Mesa’s foal was adopted on April 9, but Mesa was still waiting for a new home. The SPCA faced a challenge finding a new lifelong home for Mesa, an older, unrideable horse.

Meanwhile, Mesa’s former owner, Tracie Greco of Eagle Mountain, UT, had been regretting selling her ever since 2005. “I’ve always tried to keep in touch with the people that I’ve sold horses to,” says Greco. “I guess Mesa was the ‘one that got away’.” One day, while browsing horse ads online, she came across The SPCA’s ad for Mesa and knew it had to be her former horse.

“It breaks my heart to know Mesa was treated so poorly after she left me,” says Greco. “I’m so grateful that The SPCA saved her. Now I need to get her back home where she belongs.”

The SPCA is waiving Mesa’s adoption fee and they look forward to hearing stories about Mesa’s life in Utah.

“Unfortunately, this can happen when you sell any animal,” says Gary Tiscornia, SPCA Executive Director. “Many horse owners, at least subconsciously, prefer not to know what became of their old horses. We are thrilled that Tracie never stopped looking for Mesa and we are honored to be a part of this poignant reunion.”

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