The Marina Sanctuary is a popular place, especially on weekends when young families bring their children to see hundreds of geese, ducks, chickens and bunnies scamper around the four-acre enclosure in Marina del Rey.
Unfortunately, the sanctuary is almost as popular with irresponsible pet owners who continue to throw their unwanted animals over the fence.
The animal haven was started more than five years ago by volunteers who wanted to save the hundreds of starving animals discarded around the Oxford Flood Control basin near Washington Street just north of the marina.
Because neighbors complain about roosters crowing at night, volunteers are constantly trying to catch the feisty, quick-footed birds and ship them to new homes in the country. Three weeks ago, they thought they had caught them all, said Irene Ashby, one of the founders of Marina Sanctuary Inc.