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Ventura County Animal Rescue Group Needs Help Itself, After Being Served With Eviction Order

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Some of the dogs at Tender Loving Canines Simi Valley shelter. The non-profit group is being evicted, and has until next Tuesday to find homes for the three dozen dogs now at the facility.

It’s a dog rescue group with an amazing record during the last seven years, saving more than 2700 dogs.

Tender Loving Canines Executive Director Linda Nelson says now, it’s the Simi Valley non-profit that needs rescuing this week.

Nelson says TLC is being evicted from their 4400 square foot Erringer Road home, and so far, has been unable to find a place to move.

TLC has to move by next Tuesday.

Even as Nelson frantically tries to find a new home for the non-profit, volunteers are taking apart the cages,and pens the non-profit uses to house the pets.

It’s an emotional situation for Carol Krefting, who adopted dogs from TLC and then became a volunteer. Krefting says TLC works hard to place dogs from Ventura County’s animal shelters, and finds them homes. The County shelters have been no-kill since 2014, but before that, when TLC would take a shelter dog, it often meant the difference between life, and death for the pet.

TLC Executive Director Linda Nelson says a court action which she can’t discuss for legal reasons led to the eviction, but says they’ve never been cited for their operations. She says it’s incredible frustrating, and saying it’s easier to find space for a massage parlor than an animal rescue facility in Simi Valley. Nelson says potential landlords have the mistaken idea that the rescue operation is noisy, and smelly, and don’t want to rent to them. She says they’ve always been able to pay their rent.

The immediate goal is to find at least a two thousand square foot temporary home, but ideally, to buy a piece of property for a permanent site. Right now, TLC still has more than three dozen homeless dogs at its Simi Valley facility. They can store the non-profit’s equipment, but they are trying to find at least some foster families to temporarily take care of the remaining dogs.

Here’s a link to TLC’s website:  www.tinylovingcanines.org/

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.