spcaLA commends Los Angeles County District Attorney, Steve Cooley and the concerned citizens of California for taking action to stop Matthews and provide for the health and well-being of the animals in her care.
“In our 135 year history, we have seen too many pets living in deplorable conditions, waiting to be sold to the highest bidder,” said spcaLA President, Madeline Bernstein. “Puppies are often sick, inbred and sold too young. Mamas are bred continuously until they die. Animals that survive usually have behavioral and medical conditions, and end up in a shelter.”
spcaLA urges those interested in adding a pet to their family to adopt from a legitimate shelter. For those interested in a specific breed, about 20% of shelter pets are (or look to be) purebred.
Shelter pets are the total package. At spcaLA, animals are given veterinary care, including a microchip, vaccines, flea control, and a spay or neuter surgery, among other things. Additionally, spcaLA shelter pets work with volunteers and staff on basic obedience, manners and socialization. Adoption fees are drastically less expensive than the cost of buying a pet and animal retailers typically do not spay/neuter or provide other care that is standard at spcaLA.
Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Los Angeles, or spcaLA, is an independent, nonprofit animal welfare organization serving Southern California since 1877. There is no national SPCA, parent organization, or umbrella group that provides financial support to spcaLA. Donations run programs and services including Cruelty Investigation, Disaster Animal Response Team, Humane Education, and a variety of shelter services.