This specifically about a privately-owned dog "sanctuary" in a large, financially-strapped county in California. The owner is apparently mentally unwell. She has a reserve of intelligence and a professional background that have so far kept the operation alive on county land in a county with a tight budget. She also has screaming rages that terrify hominid and canid alike.
A city in L.A. county refused to renew the kennel's permit due to complaints and self-evident over-crowding, but the officials in the new location aren't the least bit interested. A sheriff's deputy I spoke to acknowledged that it is a hoarding situation and said the owner has mental problems, but had nothing to say other than that concerned citizens can call animal control.
County animal control knows it would be stuck with over 100 dog and some farm animals if they were to shut the place down. Reports of dead dogs in wheelbarrows don't impress them.
For what it's worth, the purchase of the kennel was seller-financed. It's worth about $200,000 unless the tick and rodent infestations mar its value, and about half paid for.
If animal control won't act, what are other things to try.
If in an incorporated City, contact the City Council, or the County, the Board of Supervisors. Add contacting local news media, animal friendly reporters. Go on Social Media to see if there are people in the county working on the same issue.
If you can get people with Standing to Sue, then sue the Rescue.
Michael Rotsten, Esq.
Questions regarding Animal issues are always "iffy", and depend upon very specific factual scenarios. My answers are generalities, based upon my reading of your question, and must not be taken as an absolute for your particular reason for asking the question. My answers are only based upon California law, and are not to be used for other State issues. Michael Rotsten, Esq.
If animal control will not respond, perhaps try partnering with some other rescues and see if you can approach this individual and offer to help by taking some of the animals off her hands to reduce her workload. Also, you may wish to try some large organizations like ASPCA or Best Friends - if the situation is bad enough and they would get press for helping - they might be willing to help. Good luck and thank you for caring.
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