SAN DIEGO — El Cajon resident Johnson Le was arrested after 130 animals were seized in March from two pet stores in San Diego, including Nadine’s Puppies, 1021 S. Coast Highway in Oceanside.Animals were also taken from Le’s private residence in El Cajon and he is being charged with four felony counts of 597 (b) P.C. animal abuse, 10 misdemeanor counts of 597 (b) P.C. animal abuse and more than a dozen violations of the California Health and Safety Code. He is currently being held on $50,000 bail.The San Diego Humane Society and SPCA’s Humane Law Enforcement served the search warrants on March 27, following a lengthy investigation related to the health and safety of the animals in Le’s care. In total, 117 animals were seized from the various locations, including 57 puppies, rabbits, birds, a 35 pound turtle and a 7’ python snake. All of the animals must remain in the Society’s care until further court stipulation. Le’s trial is scheduled for August.
To date, the San Diego Humane Society and SPCA has housed and cared for the animals involved in this case, which includes providing all veterinary medical care, food, special enclosures for some animals, and dedicating additional kennel space and extra staffing for the 117 animals. If you would like to make a contribution to support the animals involved in this investigation, donations may be made by mail or on the San Diego Humane Society’s website at www.sdhumane.org.
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