Tuesday Jul 19 2011
Rescued puppy from Loomis property succumbs to parvo
By: Joyia Emard, Loomis News Editor
Remaining animals not out of woods yet
By Joyia Emard Loomis News Editor One puppy rescued in a Humane Society raid on a Loomis property last week has died, while dozens of additional animals are undergoing veterinary treatment. Thirteen neglected dogs and puppies and dozens of farm animals were rescued July 12, when the Humane Society of the Sierra Foothills conducted a raid at a Loomis property, according to Rosemary Frieborn, Humane Society officer. She said five pigs, 19 sheep, 46 goats and a cockatiel were also seized. Frieborn said the puppy died from parvovirus and also had intestinal parasites and suffered from coccidian. Another rescued dog will be undergoing surgery to remove an expired fetus. Frieborn said the owners of the animals had been selling them on craigslist, an online website, for the past two years and that the dogs were kept for breeding purposes. “These dogs were sick, infected and diseased and they were being sold to the public. They were inventory. They were a commodity,” she said. She said the goats and sheep are being tested and treated for giardia, coccidian, are being dewormed and are receiving vaccinations. The owners of the animals were scheduled for an administrative hearing on Tuesday, in Loomis, and were expected to receive a bill for the seizure cost of $18,000, which includes the cost of veterinary care and exams, and hauling and boarding the animals for 14 days. Senior Humane officer Curt Ransom, who is spearheading the investigation, said the animal owners will have 14 days from the date of seizure to pay for the cost of the seizure. He said if they don’t pay, the animals will be considered “abandoned” and will be available for adoption. Ransom said the District Attorneys Office has received preliminary information on the seizure and has requested more photos and the veterinarians’ reports. Ransom said during the rescue, “I don’t know how any of the dogs survived. It’s dungeon-like in the barn.” Ransom said one dead Chihuahua was found in a trash bag at the property. He said the dogs were kept in a barn that had no light or air circulation, no food and only “putrid water.” He said 80 to 90 percent of the barn was covered with feces. Frieborn said many of the animals were “living in their own filth.” Ransom said officers armed with a search warrant, along with a large animal veterinarian, a general veterinarian, plus animal rescue volunteers from five different organizations, spent hours at the home located on acreage at 5359 Citrus Colony, in Loomis. The animals are owned by Jenifer Gabor and Lajos Isztojka, who rented the property. Ransom said they will be charged with violating penal code 597.1, which Ransom said is the “neglect and abuse code.” Frieborn said veterinarians examined all animals on the property and all were seized. She said the animals suffered from “failure to provide veterinary care and failure to provide adequate food.” “Some are malnourished, some injured,” Frieborn said. Frieborn said the seizure was the biggest rescue operation, with the largest range of animal types, in the area that she can recall. Frieborn said Humane Society officers were acting as a result of a complaint they received in June followed by an investigation of animals being sold on craigslist. Undercover investigators bought a sheep that was sick and they were able to nurse it back to health. Ransom said the District Attorney’s Office may decide to prosecute and levy fines. Donations to help with the cost of the animals’ care can be made at animalplace.com. Kim Palaferri contributed to this story.