Politics

Los Angeles County officials order probe of animal shelters

File photo: L.A. County supervisors have called for an investigation into conditions at animal control facilities in the county.
File photo: L.A. County supervisors have called for an investigation into conditions at animal control facilities in the county.
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The Los Angeles County supervisors have called for an investigation into conditions at animal control facilities after welfare advocates complained of dogs being kept in filthy enclosures at a county shelter.

The Los Angeles Times reports that the supervisors voted Tuesday to have the county's interim chief executive investigate cleanliness and safety and develop an action plan in 15 days. They also ordered the Department of Animal Care and Control to establish a complaint system.

The supervisors also set aside $4 million in this year's budget for upgrades to the shelters.

An earlier review of the shelter system cited problems including bad roofs and plumbing, a lack of cooling systems in kennels, and cramped medical facilities.

Animal welfare advocates reported they saw dogs in feces-covered kennels.