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More Than 100 Dogs Found Living In Central Coast Home; Dogs Removed, Taken To Shelters For Adoption

(Sanata Barbara County Animal Services photo)
Some of the dogs rescued from a Lompoc home.

It was a shocking discovery.  Santa Barbara County Animal Service officials say a phone call about a potentially unsafe situation for some dogs led to the discovery of 100 of them living in a home.

The discovery was made in Lompoc Thursday.

After an Animal Services team went to the home, they discovered 104 dogs.  Most of them were Chihuahas and Chihuahua mixes.  They say the owner voluntarily gave up ownership of the dogs.

An 18 member team took the dogs to the Santa Maria Animal Shelter, where they underwent checkups. 

On Friday, the dogs were taken to Humane Society shelters in the Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Barbara, Ventura County, and in Burbank.  Ventura County Animal Services also took some of the dogs.  After getting full checkups and treatment if necessary, the dogs will be available for adoption.

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.