Dogs, Horses, Llamas & Goats Are Among 300 Neglected Animals Rescued From Non-Licensed “Kennel” In Northern California

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An estimated 300 animals were recently rescued after local officials found evidence of animal neglect and the operation of a non-licensed animal “kennel” on a property located in Shingle Springs, California.

According to El Dorado County Animal Services, the process of removing and relocating the animals to its shelters in Diamond Springs and South Lake Tahoe began on May 2nd and took five days.

As a result of the sudden influx of animals, the two shelters were forced to close for numerous days.

“This is one of the largest animal removal operations that I’m aware of in El Dorado County,” Henry Brzezinski, Chief of El Dorado County Animal Services said in a statement, further explaining that the animals rescued included more than 100 dogs and numerous cats, birds, horses, pigeons, ducks, roosters, hens, llamas, and goats.


Tragically, as per Brzezinski, 22 dead animals were also found in freezers at the location.

WAN talked with Health Program Manager and Public Information Officer, Margaret Williams, of El Dorado’s Health and Human Services division which works with the County’s Animal Services to obtain the latest update on the rescued animals.

While the case is now part of an active and ongoing criminal investigation, Williams was limited in what she could share but did confirm that none of the animals’ lives will be at risk, and they are all at safe locations where they are being assessed and taken care of by veterinary and shelter staff. The majority of the farm animals have been temporarily relocated to partner organizations, with the remaining housed at the shelters.

Animal Services shelter staff will be limiting calls to emergencies over the next several days.

Those interested in more information regarding the animals and when they may become available for adoption, can contact the shelters at:

El Dorado County Animal Shelter  
6435 Capitol Avenue
Diamond Springs, CA 95619
(530) 621-7631

El Dorado County Animal Services Shelter  
1120 Shakori Drive
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
(530) 573-7925

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