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1,000 animals found at illegal Northern California boarding facility

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(Los Angeles Times)

An animal welfare organization says it has rescued more than 1,000 llamas, horses, cows, goats, chickens and other animals from an illegal boarding facility in Northern California where many of them were being mistreated.

Salinas television station KSBW reports Wednesday that a calf and a steer had to be euthanized and that another calf died later at the SPCA in Monterey County, where it was taken to be treated for emaciation.

Monterey County officials ordered the owner of the Metz Road ranch in Soledad to shut down his facility.

The unidentified owner is being fined $1,000 a day by county officials until he complies. He has also been ordered to provide food, water and medical care for the remaining animals while they are still on the property.

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