Local News in Brief : New Homes Found for Evicted Animals

New homes have been found for the rabbits, chickens and ducks that were evicted in January from their unofficial refuge in a Marina del Rey flood control basin.

Bruce Richards, assistant director of the county Department of Animal Care and Control, said 355 animals have already been relocated to several county parks.

Some people have adopted animals after agreeing that they would not be harmed or used as food, Richards said.

The remaining 500 to 700 animals are being removed gradually, mostly because it is difficult for the volunteers to catch them.

The animals had been congregating in the basin for about 10 years, ever since some people decided that it was a good place to dump unwanted bunnies, baby chicks and ducklings that had been given to children for Easter or Christmas.