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Humane Society Closes Kennel

December 02, 1990

Humane society officials Thursday ordered the closure of what they called an "abysmal" kennel at a Gardena house, where 10 dogs and a cat died in a fire earlier in the week.

Officials found pools of urine and feces collected at Fantasy Kennels on La Salle Avenue and "declared the property uninhabitable for animals," said Sgt. Cori Whetstone of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

The SPCA gave Kathy Schaefer and Sylvia Kelley, who live next to the kennel, one week to remove several dozen pure-bred terriers, Shih Tzus and Lhasa apsos, Whetstone said Friday. No charges were filed.

About 21 dogs were transported to the SPCA shelter in Hawthorne and will be available to the public later this month.

Both women were involved in a 1988 investigation of violations of state humane laws at a North Hollywood kennel. Kelley paid $2,700 in fines and was put on three years' probation after pleading no contest to the charges. Schaefer was an employee at the North Hollywood kennel.

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