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May 4, 2010 12:55 AM by Courtney Meznarich

75 animals seized from local property

San Luis Obispo County Animal Services seized dozens of animals on Friday in California Valley, on a tip that they were not being cared for.

It happened in a remote part of the county on the 12000 block of Coutolence Road. San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Department spokesperson Rob Bryn says officers seized eight adult dogs, two puppies, ten cats, four goat kids and 51 rabbits, some of which died. The surviving animals are being cared for at the county animal shelter.

According to Bryn, the animals were being cared for by caretakers, and their owner is currently sick in a Los Angeles Hospital.

Bryn says several dead animals were found on the property, as well as rabbits sitting in their own feces and foul water. Several seized rabbits didn't even make it to the shelter. One sheep had to be put down.

Bryn says the owner could potentially face charges of animal cruelty and neglect.

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