Left: Four of the six Kern County vehicles on Elm Trail Monday morning in Frazier Park to assist with the eviction and arrest of Kimberly Maggio, 49. Kern County’a Sheriffs, Code Compliance and Animal Control offices joined together to escort Maggio from the premises. Animal Control removed seven dogs, 12 cats and one rat living in the home (a small dead dog was found in the freezer). Right: Maggio on the steps of the foreclosed home on Monday, Feb. 8. She was arrested by Animal Control officers on 20 counts of felony animal cruelty.
The following is from a news release of the Kern County Sheriff’s Office:
FRAZIER PARK (Monday, Feb. 8, 2010; 9:45 a.m.)—The Sheriff’s Civil Section served an eviction at 624 Elm Trail in Frazier Park. The eviction was the result of a bank foreclosure. The Sheriff’s Office had prior knowledge that the resident had a large number of animals in the residence. As a result, Animal Control and Code Compliance were asked to assist.
Deputies completed the eviction by escorting the resident, Kimberly Maggio age 49, off of the property. While securing the residence, deputies noticed several animals living in deplorable conditions.
Animal Control began an investigation into the living conditions of the animals. Animal Control found seven dogs, 12 cats and one rat living in the home, not including one small deceased dog in the freezer. The animals had no fresh water. Some of the animals had their legs covered in feces. The house smelled of urine and feces to the point that it burned the eyes and throat.
Ms. Maggio was arrested by Animal Control officers for 20 counts of PC 597(b), felony animal cruelty. The animals were seized by Animal Control.
This is part of the February 05, 2010 online edition of The Mountain Enterprise.
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