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No charges for Lompoc homeowner with 100+ dogs

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Posted at 3:29 PM, Feb 03, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-04 00:39:33-05

The Santa Barbara County Animal Services Department says it will not file criminal charges against a Lompoc resident who had more than 100 dogs removed from their home.

Instead, the homeowner, who fully cooperated with authorities, is being advised to seek counseling and support.

“We recognized that there was no intentional harm and took the opportunity to provide education and counseling rather than pursue legal action,” says Angela Yates, Director of Santa Barbara County Animal Services. "This is one of those situations that just a few years ago could have resulted in tragedy for these dogs. But because of a strong Animal Services team and amazing collaboration with rescue partners, every single one of these dogs has found a new loving home."

The dog owner surrendered the dogs, which were found in good health without any signs of neglect or abuse.