More than 40 neglected animals rescued from Valley Center property

VALLEY CENTER, Calif. - Animal-control officers impounded more than 40 allegedly neglected animals – including llamas, geese, miniature cattle, a dog and 31 horses – at a Valley Center property over the weekend, authorities reported Monday.

The animals were seized at a property in the 28300 block of Hell Creek Road on Saturday, according to the county Department of Animal Services.

"The primary issue with the majority of the livestock was a lack of hoof care," said Dan DeSousa, deputy director of Animal Services. "Although easy to remedy, prolonged lack of hoof care in livestock is a painful condition that can lead to permanent and severe damage."

On Aug. 16, county officials notified the property owner that he or she had chance to ask for a hearing to dispute pending animal seizures. When the owner failed to do so, animal-control personnel got a warrant and took the animals.

The horses were taken to a county animal-care center in Bonita. The rest were taken to a ranch or a county facility in Carlsbad.

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