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Westside bakery allegedly infested with rats, roosting pigeons

October 28, 2013|By Robert J. Lopez
  • Map shows the location of the Cake Collection, which was ordered closed after inspectors allegedly found rats and pigeons at the business.
Map shows the location of the Cake Collection, which was ordered closed… (Google Maps )

The owner of a Westside bakery has been charged with two dozen misdemeanor criminal counts for alleged health code violations that included allowing rats and pigeons to infest his business.

Peter Plotitsa, 53, is accused of continuing to operate the Cake Collection after he was ordered in January to close the business by county health inspectors who observed evidence of rodent droppings, according to the Los Angeles city attorney's office.

In a follow-up inspection at the Sawtelle neighborhood bakery in July, "investigators allegedly observed live rats, live pigeons roosting, rodent and pigeon droppings as well as gnaw marks on the building," officials with the city attorney's office said in a statement.

Plotitsa could not be reached Monday evening for comment.

A voicemail message for the bakery said that the business has been "proudly providing many generations with the best cakes, pastries and breads."

Plotitsa is scheduled to be arraigned Nov. 20 in the East Los Angeles courthouse.

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robert.lopez@latimes.com

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