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Donate to help stop animal cruelty
Donate to help stop animal cruelty
Donate to help stop animal cruelty
Donate to help stop animal cruelty
Donate to help stop animal cruelty
Donate to help stop animal cruelty
Donate to help stop animal cruelty
Donate to help stop animal cruelty
Donate to help stop animal cruelty
Donate to help stop animal cruelty
Donate to help stop animal cruelty
Donate to help stop animal cruelty
Donate to help stop animal cruelty
Donate to help stop animal cruelty
Donate to help stop animal cruelty
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Bow ready for adoption
Bow ready for adoption

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Los Angeles, CADarion K. Hackett (DOB 7-7-1991) was brought into custody and charged with two felony counts of Penal Code 597(a) animal cruelty and two misdemeanor counts of Penal Code 597.1, permitting injured animals to go without veterinary care, for his alleged abuse and neglect of Bow, an 11 month old female Calico cat. The arrest is the result of a case investigated by the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Los Angeles (spcaLA). Hackett was taken into custody and booked by the Los Angeles Police Department Gang and Narcotics Division, Fugitive Warrant Section (Booking #6149961). The defendant is cited to appear for arraignment on the charges on July 22, 2021 in the Los Angeles County Superior Court in Torrance.

On October 18, 2020, compassionate citizens rescued Bow from a dumpster located at a Lawndale apartment building. From a subsequent medical examination, it was clear that Bow suffered from severe injuries to both hind legs.

Further examinations by spcaLA veterinary staff confirmed that Bow had sustained a previous, poorly healed fracture to her right hind leg, and a recent fracture to her left hind leg. In addition, Bow suffered from a dislocation of her right hip, bruising of her lung, broken teeth, as well as tears and abrasions to her ears.

spcaLA investigators linked Bow to Hackett through her microchip, and questioned him about the circumstances surrounding her current and previous injuries.

During the investigation, spcaLA began rehabilitating Bow. She underwent surgery to repair the injuries in her hind legs, which required an excision of the right femoral head and neck, and stabilizations of the bones in the right and left legs. Bow has spent the last five months rehabilitating in foster care with an spcaLA Volunteer. Bow exhibits social behaviors, and is a sweet, affectionate cat. She was deemed available for adoption on March 19, 2021.

If convicted, Hackett could spend up to 4 years 8 months in Los Angeles County Jail.

spcaLA is the only private animal welfare organization in Los Angeles that is also Law Enforcement. spcaLA Humane Officers hold the same powers of Peace Officers in the state of California when investigating animal cruelty. spcaLA is a non-profit agency that relies on donations for its programs and services, including animal cruelty investigations. 

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Cinder, post-op
Cinder, post-op

In December 2019, a tiny kitten named Cinder was brought to spcaLA – bleeding and dirty. At just a few months old, he’d been attacked. Twice.

Bitten by an unknown animal and also used as target practice by humans (BB pellets littered his tiny body), Cinder needed critical care.

To save his life, Cinder’s leg had to be amputated. What’s more, by law Cinder had to go into quarantine for 6 months.

During that half-year, the world outside of spcaLA seemed at once to stop and move faster than light.

But, thanks to your support, Cinder’s care never changed.

We treated his wounds. We gave him a safe, warm bed, nourishing food, and plenty of TLC. For Cinder, quarantine ended in June. He found his forever family days after being cleared for adoption.

Cinder reminds me — I know that spcaLA will get through this time, because, just like him, we have the support of people like you.

If you are able, please make a donation to support spcaLA.

Thank you.

Cinder, ready to go home
Cinder, ready to go home
Cinder, adopted
Cinder, adopted
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Jewels in adoptions
Jewels in adoptions

Meet Jewels. She's a stray, 2-year-old Pibble mix with memorizing eyes. You might not know it by looking at her, but shortly after this picture was taken, Jewels became a momma.

Just three months ago, Jewels delivered seven strapping young puppies at spcaLA! spcaLA veterinary and shelter staff cared for Jewels and her pups for a few days, until they were ready to move in with another momma - Amanda, their spcaLA foster mom.

Amanda says, "Jewels is the most amazing dog, she loves everyone and really loves kids. And, the puppies are super-smart." Amanda, her husband James, and their two kids cared for Jewels and her puppies until they were all ready to be placed up for adoption.

Your support allows spcaLA to provide the veterinary care, food, and supplies foster pets need, while foster volunteers like Amanda and her family provide temporary homes and plenty of TLC.

I'm happy to report - Jewels and all of her puppies were adopted!  Jewels is living her very best life in a new home, complete with a human child for her to mother. 

Take care of yourself, and each other,

Jewels and her foster family
Jewels and her foster family
Jewels adopted!
Jewels adopted!
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Major Garcia with the 1st Kitty Hall Adopter 3/19
Major Garcia with the 1st Kitty Hall Adopter 3/19

Recently, the City of Long Beach gathered to hear about the city’s accomplishments over the past year, during the State of the City address by Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia.

So many of the positive, laudable achievements in animal welfare in the Long Beach community are because of the support of people like you, as well as the amazing work of spcaLA and city staff and volunteers - thank you!

In the late 1990s, forward-thinking Long Beach Mayor, Beverly O’Neill, and a like-minded council recognized the need for a new approach to animal welfare. At the time, the city was impounding over 14,000 animals a year and had outgrown their Willow Street shelter. The city asked spcaLA - a charity, not a government agency or bureau - for help.

Because of people like you, we helped! spcaLA fundraised an excess of $6 million for initial construction and opened Phase I of the spcaLA P.D. Pitchford Companion Animal Village & Education Center in 2001.

Your support helped spcaLA find homes for over 40,000 Long Beach animals since the Village opened. And today, the animal impound rate for the city of Long Beach is down to 5,195! These amazing numbers can be accredited to our aggressive adoption programs, robust humane education initiatives, as well as building - and expanding - the Village.

Thank you,

Madeline Bernstein
President, spcaLA
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Village Milestones

2001: Together with the City of Long Beach leaders, spcaLA brought forward Southern California’s first public-private partnership in animal welfare: the PD Pitchford Companion Animal Village and Education Center situated on 6.5 acres in Long Beach’s El Dorado Park. Now often duplicated, the Village fully integrates spcaLA, Long Beach Animal Care Services (LBACS), and all major program functions into one complex. It revolutionized the way shelters are designed and managed, setting a replicable benchmark in cost-effective, life-preserving care for abandoned and abused animals.

2004: spcaLA begins offering Friends for Life Camp, a summer day camp for youth who wish to participate in animal-related games and activities while learning about helping shelter pets. Additionally, spcaLA offers violence prevention and humane education initiatives like Pet Care Patch Workshops and Teaching Love & Compassion (TLC) at the Village.

2006: spcaLA partners with 95.5 KLOS to host the first Pet Adoption Day - an annual adoption festival drawing crowds from all over Southern California. Celebrating the 15th annual Pet Adoption Day in June 2020, the event has helped over 4,000 shelter pets find new families.

2007: spcaLA opens Phase II of the Village. spcaLA fundraised for and built catteries for stray and feral cats in the care of LBACS. The catteries help to make the transition to adoptions less stressful for the cats. Additionally, phase two boasts an expanded spcaLA Marketplace and the spcaLA Pet Hotel and Grooming Salon.

2009: spcaLA launches the inaugural Air Chihuahua™ flight. Air Chihuahua matches Southern California’s overwhelming supply of Chihuahuas and other small dogs with the demand for them in other parts of North America, thus putting “puppy mills” out of business for lack of clients. The first flyers leave from Long Beach.

2011: spcaLA launches an offshoot of our award-winning TLC program: spcaLA Court Diversion Program for Youth, an animal-assisted intervention program specifically made for justice system-involved youth referred by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office and other juvenile justice professionals. The first sessions are piloted in Long Beach.

2017: spcaLA launches an educationbased component of Animal Safety Net (ASN) in order to expand its reach and deepen its impact within domestic violence (DV) support services. ASN Youth and Families offers animal-assisted programming for DV-affected families, in partnership with local domestic violence agencies. Further, for the first time since the program’s inception in 1998, spcaLA offers ASN to humane organizations, prosecuting attorneys, and domestic violence professionals as a free, downloadable manual. The first ASN Youth & Families Program is piloted in Long Beach.

Mayor O'Neill speaking at the Village Opening 2001
Mayor O'Neill speaking at the Village Opening 2001
Champ, who's up for adoption!
Champ, who's up for adoption!
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Bianca
Bianca

Dear Friends,


This year will be loud.


Political candidates will demand your attention. Wildfires, hurricanes, and other natural disaster will devastate. Wrongs will need righting.


And, you will respond.


You are compassionate and impassioned. After all, you support spcaLA – an agency whose mission is to prevent cruelty to animals through Education, Law Enforcement, Intervention, and Advocacy. The generosity of caring people like you allows spcaLA to:

  • Engage youth and children in empathy-based animal welfare education and social-emotional learning; and offer violence intervention and support services for adults and families;
  • Investigate animal cruelty; provide continuing education for fellow law enforcement professionals; and deploy our Disaster Animal Response Team (DART)™;
  • Provide behavior enrichment and training, veterinary care, safe shelter, nourishing food, and much more to thousands of abused and abandoned animals annually.

As we march into 2020, please continue to hear the call of local abused and abandoned animals.

Please, support your spcaLA.

Thank you,

Madeline 

Obedience Training
Obedience Training
Susy
Susy
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