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32 Dogs Rescued From La Puente Home

LA PUENTE (CBS) — Los Angeles Animal Care and Control officers were checking the health conditions of 32 dogs -- including seven puppies -- taken from a La Puente home Wednesday.

Sheriff's deputies, who were at a home in the 1100 block of Sandia Avenue on an unrelated matter, notified animal control officers about the situation.

The owner told animal control officers she took in some of the dogs as strays. She agreed to let animal control officers take the dogs that included chihuahuas, terriers and beagle mixes.

CBS2 and KCAL9 reporter Serene Branson said the puppies and their mother were trying to get used to a new home Wednesday.

Sgt. Luis Villegas and his Animal Control team were called by the sheriff's department. "These animals have been vaccinated, checked out by a vet and scanned for microchips," he said.

While the owner said the dogs were strays, officials told Branson this could have also been an illegal breeding operation.

The woman later told Branson, in English, not to film her and that she didn't speak English.

The woman doesn't face any criminal charges as she surrendered the dogs.

Animal Control also said the dogs seemed to be well cared for. "They're very cute and cuddly. They like to be petted and everything," said Villegas.

Neighbors told Branson they had complained about the large number of dogs. "One of them used to come in my yard and do their business," one neighbor said.

"I'd get up at 2 in the morning to go to the bathroom and hear all this barking," another added.

The dogs may ready for adoption as soon as Friday.

For more information about adoption fees, including spay/neutering, vaccinations and microchip implantation, check out the County of Los Angeles Animal Care's Facebook page.

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