Alexia Kyrklund - founding member of Noah's Ark, a nonprofit animal shelter in the 1300 block of Redondo Avenue - was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of animal cruelty, and authorities seized close to 300 dogs and cats from the organization.
On Monday, Kyrklund
and other members of the rescue group will request a hearing on the raid, something that must be done within 10 days of the seizure.
"Yes, we are going to ask for a hearing, but I doubt we'll get anything out of it ... It's not like they're going to change their minds and say they made a mistake," Kyrklund
and Noah's Ark
have received a massive amount of support from volunteers, other rescue groups and people who adopted pets through the nonprofit.Funds for an attorney were raised by supporters, she
said, and a rally is being scheduled for this Saturday.
Supporters of Kyrklund plan to protest in front of the entrance to the Long Beach Animal Control shelter at 7700 E. Spring St. The rally is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m.
"The outpouring of support, it's humbled me," Kyrklund
said Monday."Our attorney is being paid for by some fabulous supporters who have been inside (Noah's Ark).That's how I was bailed out, by another rescue." Kyrklund
was arrested on suspicion of animal cruelty after, she
was called to the shelter by Animal Control investigators.
The investigators plan to present the case against Kyrklund
to the Los Angeles County
district attorney's office next week, Lt.
supporters deny those claims. They charge that authorities were acting out of retaliation against Kyrklund, who had filed a complaint against an animal control officer about a week before the raid and who has had previous dealings with the agency.
The prior case stemmed from a Noah's Ark shelter set up in Signal Hill near Cherry Avenue and Willow Street.In that case, Kyrklund
was initially charged with four misdemeanor counts: failure to properly care for animals, failure to provide adequate space, keeping exotic or wild animals and violating the city's zoning ordinance. District attorney's office spokeswoman Jane Robison said Kyrklund pleaded guilty to two of the charges last June - the zoning issue and the wild animals charge, which stemmed from possession of ferrets.
attorney said she
never served one day in jail.She
was issued a citation on the charge and the judge threw out the animal cruelty charges, Kyrklund
On Friday, Kyrklund
won a bid in a San Pedro court for a restraining order against the Long Beach Animal Control.That ruling keeps Animal Control veterinarians from euthanizing any of the dogs or cats seized Wednesday.
The restraining order expires on Sept. 8, when lawyers for both sides will reconvene to determine if the order should be extended.
In the meantime, Kyrklund
has about seven days left of a 10-day period to request a hearing on the recent raid.
were to relinquish control of the animals, however, they could begin adoptions immediately, Quigley added.
said not allowing another rescue group to foster the animals is ridiculous.She
also said she
was told the animals will not be put up for adoption as long as the criminal matter is pending.
Authorities noted the case in Signal Hill is being appealed by the district attorney's office, which wanted all four charges to stick.Had the animal cruelty charge been successful, it would have barred Kyrklund
from participating in any animal rescue activities, Robison said.
...But Kyrklund said Monday that she gave up control of the organization, and told authorities she would simply be a founder and supporter from then on.
"They called me down on false pretenses," Kyrklund
said, referring to her
...Defending her work with Noah's Ark, Kyrklund said it was simply love and concern for the animals.She
knows them all by name and personality, she
said, but that does not mean she
runs Noah's Ark. She
recalled a number of dogs, some with cantankerous tempers and others who have health problems related to old age, that she
is worried about.
One pair of dogs can't be separated, she
said, and another dog - a Chihuahua named One-Eyed Jack - is known to bite everyone except the volunteers he
"How many were sick that were vaccinated and shouldn't have been?I want to know why they didn't look at the records to see who was vaccinated," she
"Again, you don't have to be a director to be worrying about that, you just have to be an animal lover."
Eventually, even if Kyrklund
refuses to relinquish control of the animals, they can be put up for adoption, Quigley said.