Inhumane Boarding Facility Shut Down by SPCA After 1,000 Starving Animals Rescued

Posted by Jason Sarna
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Photo by SPCA

When there are animals in need, the SPCA is there to save the day.

The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) for Monterey County says it has rescued more than 1,000 animals, including llamas, horses, cows, goats, ducks, chickens, sheep, and pigs from a ranch in Soledad.

"Many of the farm animals living at the ranch's illegal boarding facility were injured and starving," Beth Brookhouser of the SPCA said.

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The SPCA coordinated with Monterey County Building and Planning Department officials to inspect the property on August 9.

"Upon arriving, humane officers found numerous sick and injured animals belonging to the facility's owner," Brookhouser said.

The owner was ordered by the Monterey County Building and Planning Department to shut his facility down, evict all tenants, and dismantle the illegal structures. He was also given orders by SPCA officers to provide food, water, shelter, and medical care for the remaining animals while they are still on the property.

"Both county and SPCA officials continue to monitor the progress at the facility, and the owner is being fined $1,000 dollars a day by county officials until he complies," Brookhouser said.

SPCA officers are still trying to locate some of the animal owners to alert them to the situation. The owners could potentially be charged with the following offenses: California Penal Code Sections 597.1 (Permitting Animals to go Without Veterinary Care), Penal Code 597 (Animal Cruelty), Penal Code 597(b) (Deprivation of Food, Water, and Shelter), and Penal Code 597s (Abandonment).

If you suspect an animal is being treated inhumanely, call your local SPCA or report online at

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