300 animals rescued from illegal El Dorado County kennel

SHINGLE SPRINGS, Calif. (KCRA) — About 300 animals were rescued from an illegal kennel on a Shingle Springs property, El Dorado County officials said Monday.

The large influx of animals into county shelters forced officials to temporarily close two shelters — one in Diamond Springs and one in South Lake Tahoe — through Tuesday.

The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office busted the unlicensed animal kennel in the 4700 block of Lonesome Dove Drive in Shingle Springs on Thursday, county officials said in a news release. There, deputies found more than 100 dogs and numerous cats, birds, horses, pigeons, ducks, roosters, hens and goats.

Investigators also found 22 dead animals in freezers.

El Dorado County Animal Services also responded to the scene and found conditions of animal neglect, the county said.

Investigators got a search warrant and removed the animals.

“This is one of the largest animal removal operations that I’m aware of in El Dorado County,” said Henry Brzezinski, chief of El Dorado County Animal Services.

The animals were taken to different animal shelters across the county so they can get necessary care. It took officials five days to safely relocate the rescued animals.

On top of the two shelters being closed, shelter staff are also limiting calls to emergencies over the next several days, the county said.

“We appreciate the understanding and patience of our community members during our temporary shelter closures and limited service while we care for these animals in need,” Brzezinski said. “We also want to thank the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office, our local animal welfare partners and shelter volunteers who have assisted with this operation.”

The investigation into the illegal kennel is ongoing.

This story originally appeared on KCRA.

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