LOS ANGELES, California.- About 2,000 birds, including hens, chickens, parakeets, and other birds, as well as exotic fish, were discovered on Friday in a warehouse in an industrial area of San Bernardino county, California. Many of the animals were already dead.
The Police of Montclair reported that the birds were in deplorable conditions and that the owner of the place was already in custody and could face charges for animal abuse.
The discovery of the animals occurred when, in the morning agents of the Police of Montclair and investigators of the humane Society of the Inland Valley (IVHS-SPCA) came to the place to check out supposedly two dogs after a complaint about the noise and the plague that originated from the store.
However, what they found inside the building, in the industrial complex located in the block 4500 of Arrow Highway, there were hundreds and hundreds of birds crowded together, with little ventilation, no food and no water. Also discovered around 100 fish of alien species, according to the police report.
The place, indicated by the IVHS-SPCA, it was full of garbage and feces of the same animals scattered everywhere, which was causing a desagrable and penetrating odor.
Neighbors in the area testified that the stench that leaving the place I had months and which frequently came people seem to buy animals.
The owner of the place, about 50 years old and whose identity has not been revealed, was arrested earlier this week for an issue that is not related to the nearly 2,000 animals were found, said the Police of Montclair.
However, he emphasized that now the man could face charges for animal cruelty.
The thousands of birds, including hens, chickens, parakeets, and other animals that were found alive were in the hands of the IVHS-SPCA to be evaluated and determine if they can be given up for adoption.
After the second appearance of a cobra in a residential neighborhood in three years, the Department of Animal Care and Control Los Angeles County (DACC) recently began a criminal investigation to prevent incidents. Photo: Getty Images | Univision
As part of that investigation, the morning of this Thursday, staff from the Department of Animal Care and Control Los Angeles County and other government agencies carried out a visit to a residence in the City of Thousand Oaks. It was sought to confirm alleged violations in the holding of species in cautivero in a residential area. Photo: The los Angeles Department of Animal Care and Control | Univision
On arrival it was confirmed the suspicion: dozens of species considered to be of risk for human interaction and, thus, highly regulated, were stored on this private property. Photo: The los Angeles Department of Animal Care and Control | Univision
They were being stored in containers in a common room, where the authorities came to corroborate the suspicion that there had been scores of dangerous species. Photo: The los Angeles Department of Animal Care and Control | Univision
In total seized about 100 cobras poisonous and eight alligators within the housing, in addition to the arrest of a man during this inspection. Photo: The los Angeles Department of Animal Care and Control | Univision
In addition to the snakes, stand out other types of reptiles such as iguanas that are usually sold as pets and even as food. In this case it has not been confirmed by the destination that they were going to have. Photo: The los Angeles Department of Animal Care and Control | Univision
The world of fashion and collectors have an important role in the illegal trade of reptiles. Pythons, alligators, snakes, rat or lizards monitor lizards (such as the one in the picture) are the species that are most searched. Photo: Wikicommons | Univision
Meanwhile, the authorities ask the neighbors caution. All the agencies involved share serious concerns about the danger of any person or pet may be injured or dead if any of the reptiles you are not insured properly and manages to escape. Photo: Getty Images | Univision
Robert Bustamante Flores, a 72-year-old, was arrested on suspicion of robbing a bank in Corona, California. But when authorities checked his home they found 35 dogs, victims of animal abuse. Photo: Police Department Crown | Univision
Officers of the department of animal control moved the dogs to a shelter. Photo: Police Department Crown | Univision
Seven of the 35 dogs were puppies, as outlined by the authorities. Photo: Police Department Crown | Univision
Bill Sellers, of the bureau of animal control said that this case was one of the worst he had witnessed in all his years of career. Photo: Police Department Crown | Univision
«I’ve never seen this level of negligence,» said the official. Apparently the suspect had kept the dogs locked inside the house all day. Photo: Police Department Crown | Univision
The animals were examined and one of them had to be sacrificed due to the severity of their injuries. Photo: Police Department Crown | Univision
The Police Department Corona, the unit leading the investigation, said the dogs were living in conditions «miserable» and were “very, very scared” when they arrived agents. Photo: Police Department Crown | Univision
The detective added that the housing of the suspect did not have electric service and that the floor was soaked and covered in the waste of the dogs. Photo: Police Department Crown | Univision
Robert Bustamante Flores was arrested on charges for theft and was set a bail of $ 30,000. Photo: Police Department Crown | Univision
The man also face charges for animal abuse, as confirmed by the Police. Photo: Police Department Crown | Univision
The rescued dogs are at the animal shelter in Corona and will be available to be adopted from August 12. Photo: Police Department Crown | Univision