SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Livestock found starving last fall in the East County mountains have been nursed back to health and are ready for new homes, the county Department of Animal Services announced Thursday.
The 11 llamas, 10 sheep, six horses, six cattle and five goats were seized Dec. 2 from 1840 Buckman Springs Road, and three people face trial on felony animal neglect charges in connection with the case, Animal Services Deputy Director John Carlson said.
Department officials said dead animals and a dying llama were found in the area a few days earlier, and an investigation led them to the property where the severely underweight livestock were seized.
"These animals have been through a traumatic event, they were neglected and starved for a significant time," Carlson said. "Our veterinary staff examined and treated the animals and they're now ready for new homes but they will need some tender loving care."
Raymond Wyatt, his wife, Nennette and Michael Darnell are scheduled for trial on May 14 at the El Cajon Courthouse, according to Carlson.
Prospective adoptees can view most of the animals at the county Shelter in Bonita, 5821 Sweetwater Road. Four sheep are being housed at the county Shelter in Carlsbad, 2481 Palomar Airport Road.
The goats and sheep are available for adoption on a first-come, first- served basis.
For the horses, cattle and llamas, applications available at shelters in Bonita, Carlsbad and San Diego will be accepted through Wednesday. Applicants will be screened by Animal Services officials, and winners should be notified by April 13.
Several dogs were taken into the custody of San Diego County and put down, after a Lomita woman reported that her six dogs were attacked and some killed by a group of pit bulls.
Temperatures are expected to rise slightly on Sunday, according to the National Weather Service, but will remain cooler than normal.
John Coleman, a long-serving San Diego weatherman and founder of The Weather Channel, has died at the age of 83.
Thousands of people marched through downtown San Diego and San Marcos in the second annual Women's March Saturday. The San Diego event began at 10 a.m. at the downtown Waterfront Park on Pacific Highway, while the North County event began at 11 a.m. at Palomar College.
Thousands of people marched through downtown San Diego and San Marcos in the second annual Women's March Saturday. The San Diego event began at 10 a.m. at the downtown Waterfront Park on Pacific Highway, while the North County event began at 11 a.m. at Palomar College. The two marches were held in conjunction with other marches across the country.
The federal government shut down at the stroke of midnight Friday, which prompted the closure of many federal operations, such as national parks and monuments and that included the shutdown of Cabrillo National Monument.
A transient accused of fatally stabbing a man after they got into an argument near a 7-Eleven store in Poway pleaded not guilty Friday to a murder charge.
Coastal rail closures could complicate the commute for the thousands of people expected at Women's Marches set for downtown San Diego and San Marcos Saturday, though additional transit options are being made available.
A man arrested in the doctor's lounge at Sharp Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa after claiming to be an anesthesiologist pleaded not guilty Friday to a felony charge of treating the sick without a certificate.
People who bought new homes in Otay Ranch's Village of Escaya can start moving in Friday - later than planned but after the developer took steps to address methane found at the site.