Local News in Brief : Animal Sanctuary May Be Eliminated

A report to the Los Angeles County Small Craft Harbor Commission recommends elimination of a makeshift sanctuary for abandoned bunnies, baby chicks and ducklings in a Marina del Rey flood control basin.

Commissioner Mark Nathanson, who conducted a public hearing on the matter in October, said in the report that the commission should remove the animals from the 10.5-acre Oxford Flood Control Basin.

County officials said that people tired of bunnies, baby chicks and ducklings that were given as gifts on Christmas and Easter began dumping the creatures in the basin about 10 years ago. In 1982, volunteers began feeding and caring for the abandoned birds and animals.

Some nearby residents, complaining of noise and odors, have asked county officials to remove the animals.


The commission will consider the matter on Monday.