Apple Valley Animal Services removed three dead dogs and seized 26 dogs and dozens of dog crates Wednesday afternoon from German Shepherd Angels Rescue, located in an Apple Valley home, according to the Victorville Daily Press.
Animal control officers cited the owner, Mary Ryan, for suspicion of cruelty to animals, exceeding animal limitations and disposition of dead animals.
Acting on a complaint, Apple Valley Animal Services conducted an investigation and saw 16 dogs in the garage of the house in the 20800 block of Sholic Court on Wednesday. The owner, Mary Ryan, owner of German Shepherd Angels Rescue, refused to allow entry to the house, so officers returned with a search warrant.
According to records, Animal Services has had ongoing enforcement actions at the property since May 2012. Inspection records document that dogs were observed housed in airline carriers in the garage, with counts exceeding the allowed four dogs per home, excessive waste, failure to license and operation of a commercial kennel in a residential zone, the Daily Press reports.
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Three citations were reportedly issued to Ryan in July and September for multiple violation counts including leash law, licensing and limits.
Calls are being received by Animal Services from people who claim they paid cash to Mary Ryan of German Shepherd Angels Rescue to adopt dogs that may have been seized. Officials state release of any impounded animal is pending the outcome of the enforcement action.
Source: VW Daily Press