No Charges for Lompoc Woman with 104 Chihuahuas

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This story was originally published by the Santa Barbara Independent and is reproduced here in partnership with Edhat.


By Tyler Hayden of The Independent

Santa Barbara authorities decided not to prosecute a Lompoc woman who had filled her home with 104 Chihuahuas and Chihuahua mixes.

“After we concluded our investigation, our recommendation to the District Attorney was not to press any charges,” said Angela Walters Yates, director of the county’s Animal Services Department. “The bottom line is that this started as a Good Samaritan trying to help animals, but it ended up clearly out of control.” The woman’s identity has not been released.

A concerned citizen notified officials last October of what appeared to be a case of animal hoarding, but upon entering the property and assessing the animals, Animal Control officers found no clear evidence of wrongdoing. 

“The resident cooperated fully with our staff and surrendered the dogs,” Yates explained. “All of the dogs were in good physical condition, and there were no signs of neglect or abuse. The resident was in violation of the number of animals allowed without a kennel permit, but we did not recommend pursuing this.”

It took a team of 18 veterinarians, support staff, and volunteers more than 12 hours to inspect, register, and arrange for transportation of the dogs to shelters throughout Santa Barbara, Ventura, and Burbank.

Yates said officers will continue following up with the woman to ensure she doesn’t repeat her behavior. “But our recommendation is counseling and support,” she said, “rather than criminal charges.”

 

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Mad-Hatters Feb 06, 2021 01:12 PM
No Charges for Lompoc Woman with 104 Chihuahuas

Here’s a link to the article in the Santa Maria Times about when they first found the animals in October. All the local shelters stepped up and found homes for all the Chihuahuas. https://santamariatimes.com/news/local/104-dogs-rescued-from-lompoc-home-sent-to-local-statewide-shelters/article_9bad461c-e159-5abb-9de0-b1c6f08432c3.html

Mesarats Feb 04, 2021 08:42 AM
No Charges for Lompoc Woman with 104 Chihuahuas

The greater issues are un responsible pet owners and opportunistic breeders with help from media and advertising by creating fads for breeds that end up in shelters. Pit bulls in general, Taco Bell ads and “Legally Blond”,101 Dalmatians, and now huskies thanks to “Game of Thrones”

ChemicalSuperFreak Feb 04, 2021 03:09 AM
No Charges for Lompoc Woman with 104 Chihuahuas

All for animal shelters, and I volunteered for a German Shepard one in Burbank California. Hope that what this is, but if it was a crazy lady with dogs then no! Sounds like she took care of them, so get her a Go Fund me and make sure she has permits and doesn't disturb her neighbors.

sacjon Feb 04, 2021 08:52 AM
No Charges for Lompoc Woman with 104 Chihuahuas

AHCHOOOOO - exactly. That's what I'm getting at. How does everyone here know where she lives. Sure, if this was an apartment or small house in a subdivision, no, not happening. But, I know there are plenty large lot properties in and around Lompoc so it's not unrealistic.

Ahchooo Feb 04, 2021 08:33 AM
No Charges for Lompoc Woman with 104 Chihuahuas

If her home is in a rural spot with plenty of space around it, maybe (just maybe) she could make it work. If she’s on a standard city lot with neighboring homes 12 feet away, 104 dogs, no matter how well cared for, is not going to work out well.

Bird Feb 03, 2021 04:57 PM
No Charges for Lompoc Woman with 104 Chihuahuas

I think it is very kind of Animal Control. I have a neighbor who has 4, sometimes 5 chihuahuas. They are extremely noisy, get into frenzies whenever someone with a dog walks by. I can only imagine (yikes!) the noise that 104 could make. There's more to life in a city than keeping your dogs fed and seemingly happy. There's a reason that SB, for instance, has a limit to the number/house.

sacjon Feb 03, 2021 04:09 PM
No Charges for Lompoc Woman with 104 Chihuahuas

"A concerned citizen notified officials" - you mean a nosy neighbor who has now caused this woman who was taking care of the animals and keeping them fed and healthy, to relinquish her pets to others. I'm 100% against animal abuse and neglect, but this just seems wrong. I'm sorry, but if you are able to care for your animals, unless there is a serious public health issue or they're neglected (neither happened here), you should be able to keep them. Why not encourage or in some way provide an incentive for her to give up at least some? Why did she have to relinquish all her dogs? Just seems over the top.

sacjon Feb 03, 2021 01:11 PM
No Charges for Lompoc Woman with 104 Chihuahuas

Why did they take her dogs if they were all healthy and being cared for? Help her get whatever permit, but taking her dogs and putting them up for adoption puts them at risk of actually being neglected by someone else.

PitMix Feb 04, 2021 07:24 AM
No Charges for Lompoc Woman with 104 Chihuahuas

No-kill except for the ones they do kill. County shelters got together and defined no-kill as killing less than 10% of their intake. No so good if you are one of the 10%. For a long time only the Goleta Shelter was no-kill, but SM was definitely kill. Haven't seen the numbers lately.

ChillinGrillin Feb 04, 2021 01:33 AM
No Charges for Lompoc Woman with 104 Chihuahuas

SacJon: I did read the whole article and maintain my (pretty reasonable) belief that 104 dogs in one house is in no way acceptable or healthy. They had no physical ailments but do you seriously think a dog is normal after growing up around 103 other dogs? Every living thing needs space to have a decent quality of life, including secluded space to sleep and rest. While the owner was well-intentioned and clearly felt it was her duty to care for and feed them, when that goal is pursued without limit it becomes animal hoarding.

sacjon Feb 03, 2021 01:10 PM
No Charges for Lompoc Woman with 104 Chihuahuas

CHILLIN - "All of the dogs were in good physical condition, and there were no signs of neglect or abuse." - She was busted for not having a kennel permit, not for any abuse or neglect. Read the article.

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