1,000 an­i­mals found in build­ing

Mys­te­ri­ous odor leads po­lice to a Mont­clair in­dus­trial park packed with dead crea­tures.

Los Angeles Times - - CITY & STATE - By Joseph Serna joseph.serna@la­times.com Twit­ter: @JosephSerna

More than 1,000 an­i­mals, many of them dead, were be­ing re­moved from a Mont­clair in­dus­trial park Fri­day af­ter au­thor­i­ties in­ves­ti­gat­ing re­ports of a rot­ten smell found the crea­tures in hoarder-like con­di­tions, po­lice said.

“De­spite the doors be­ing closed, we could smell an odor of fe­ces and de­cay. For lack of a bet­ter term, a chicken farm smell,” Mont­clair po­lice Sgt. John Mi­nook said. “This is prob­a­bly the worst I’ve seen in my ca­reer.”

Though the an­i­mals were found late Thurs­day, au­thor­i­ties had to as­sem­ble enough re­sources to clear the place out, Mi­nook said.

The city reached out to the In­land Val­ley Hu­mane So­ci­ety to take over the an­i­mal cru­elty in­ves­ti­ga­tion while pub­lic works em­ploy­ees spent all day Fri­day car­ry­ing out con­tain­ers filled with fish, birds and rep­tiles in all states of de­com­po­si­tion. Some an­i­mals were still alive, Mi­nook said.

When he and two other of­fi­cers first ar­rived at the build­ing Thurs­day, they stepped through a door­way and walked into a wall of cages, Mi­nook said.

“It was just piled with cages and birds. There were 15 to 20 cages piled up, wa­ter and urine on the floor, an­i­mals on the floor. We had to walk side­ways be­tween in­dus­trial wa­ter tanks filled with fish,” he said.

Of­fi­cers had shown up at the build­ing Thurs­day as part of an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the man liv­ing there; he had been ar­rested on a war­rant out of an­other county. Dur­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, po­lice no­ticed a smell em­a­nat­ing from the build­ing, Mi­nook said. Code en­force­ment and po­lice fol­lowed up and went in­side, he said.

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