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A woman who kept more than three dozen animals at her Lake Balboa home must complete a yearlong animal cruelty counseling program, 45 days of community labor and three years of probation, the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office announced Thursday.

Corey Deborah Carnegie, 50, is also barred from possessing or being in custody of any animals for five years or participating in any animal rescue or adoption activities.

Superior Court Judge Christine Ewell suspended a 180-day jail sentence that Carnegie will not have to serve if she complies with the terms of her probation.

She was sentenced immediately upon being convicted Tuesday on one misdemeanor count of animal cruelty and three misdemeanor counts of animal neglect.

Carnegie was charged last year following the discovery of 32 dogs, six cats and two potbellied pigs at her two-bedroom, 1,680-square foot residence.

Many of the dogs appeared to suffer from skin conditions, flea infestation, fecal material matted in their paws and fur and a strong smell of urine, and there was an overwhelming odor and presence of urine and fecal matter that made it difficult for animal control officers to breathe, according to the City Attorney’s Office.

The animals were removed from the property.

“Our animals should be cherished, and my office takes protecting their welfare and safety very seriously,” said City Attorney Mike Feuer. “Animal hoarding often results in horrendous conditions that threaten the health and safety of animals and humans alike. We will continue to vigorously prosecute these cases.”

In a separate case, a 54-year-old woman pleaded no contest Tuesday to a misdemeanor animal cruelty charge.

Nearly 250 chickens along with 21 ducks and four guinea pigs were found inside Georgeanne Long’s 1,400-square-foot home in Sherman Oaks last August. During a second visit last October, investigators found a duck Leong admitted to performing an operation on without anesthesia, resulting in an infection, according to the City Attorney’s Office.

Leong was sentenced to a 48-session animal cruelty counseling program, 60 days of community labor and three years probation. She’s also barred from owning or caring for any animals or participating in any animal rescue or adoption activities.

City News Service

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