A sign posted outside Pamela Miller's home reads, "No Trespassing
... All domestic animals are $15,000 each. Property is for sale for
Some said it was a symbol of Miller's devotion to her dogs.
But for Burbank Police investigating Miller for keeping 86 dogs
inside her home, it's a sad testament to misguided effort.
After being seized July 26, the dogs were placed at the Burbank
Animal Shelter and the privately owned Landmark Kennels across from
Miller's house in the 100 block of West Linden Avenue.
The city is paying $735 a day for Landmark Kennels to care for 49
of the dogs; the rest are at the animal shelter.
Some are adoptable, officials said.
Police allege Miller violated a March 2001 order prohibiting her
from keeping more than three dogs.
Miller could not be reached for comment.
The dogs are recovering after being found in foul-smelling,
100-degree rooms, authorities said.
Miller was not living in the house and police are still searching
"Surprisingly, for what they've been through, they are sociable,"
Burbank Animal Control Officer Claudia Madrid said of the dogs.
Police Capt. Gordon Bowers said that pending the speed of the
criminal case -- the dogs are considered evidence -- officials will
try to place them with rescue groups, but some are old and have
People who know Miller said she intends to fight for her dogs.
Since the court injunction, which forced her out of Burbank, she has
tried to move them to various counties, including Riverside and
Orange. She could not find a facility willing to take them, neighbor
Bruce Johnson said.
"She's a refugee," Johnson said, adding that Miller checked on the
dogs during the week.
Many people said the well-intentioned Miller was simply
Fearful the dogs would be destroyed or mistreated, Miller always
took ones no one else wanted, Johnson said.
"I know of dozens of times when we came out here to find that
someone just tied a dog to her fence," he said.