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Reports offer new details in animal abuse case; Golden Hills resident's court date postponed

MOJAVE— Police reports and other court-issued documents show the extent of the mistreatment of more than 140 animals confiscated from the residence of Allen Eugene Lee, 69, on March 27.

Lee, a resident of Golden Hills in Tehachapi, was arrested, released and charged the same week with more than 120 felony counts of cruelty to animals. He pleaded not guilty on March 29.

A police report showed that excessive amounts of feces was smeared on doors and covered furniture inside the house. Urine coated the floors.

In the backyard of the residence, many living dogs and young puppies were found outside and under a concrete slab, shed, raised deck and inside some wood piles. The amount of feces was estimated to be more than four inches deep in much of the backyard area.

More than six officers from Kern County Animal Services assisted in searching the residence. Officer Daniel Burgess and Officer Jay Smith from KCAS explained the environment at 21720 Golden Star Blvd.:

“The property was covered in an excessive amount of feces and had urine saturation throughout. The dogs had no access to water and were left to fend for themselves in the backyard,” said Burgess. It was also observed that dogs were jumping into a wheelbarrow to access an inch of water to survive, added Burgess.

Oakland Animal Services director resigns in frustration

OAKLAND — Oakland Animal Services director Rebecca Katz is resigning from her post mid-June because of her frustration with the city’s lack of support for the department, she said. “I gave it my best

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