05 Jun '11, 10am

64 animals mysteriously vanish from Los Angeles shelters.

64 animals mysteriously vanish from Los Angeles shelters.

"They were the young ones, the cute ones," Barnette said. "They were ones that would have been likely to have been sold or be a nice gift for someone." The majority of the unaccounted-for animals were dogs, Barnette said. In April, officials turned the matter over to the Los Angeles Police Department, as well as the city Personnel Department, which has a team of administrative investigators. Since then, the animal services agency has added new locks at the North Central shelter and changed some of the personnel assigned there. Barnette would not say if any employees had been placed on leave. Sarah Hamilton, spokeswoman for Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, had few details on the investigation but confirmed that Barnette had asked for help with the probe. "She wants to have a well-run department, and when she saw this discrepancy she came to the mayor's office and asked for assis...

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