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Officers of Animal Rescue Operation
Incarcerated on Cruelty Conviction

December 20, 2007
Contacts: Joe Scott, Director of Communications
Sandi Gibbons, Public Information Officer
Jane Robison, News Secretary
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LONG BEACH – An executive officer of Noah’s Ark Animal Rescue in Long Beach was sentenced today to state prison and another sentenced to jail as a condition of probation for felony animal cruelty convictions.

Deputy District Attorney Mark Burnley, who prosecuted the case, said Alexia Selma Tiraki-Kyrklund, 40, was sentenced to a 16-month state prison term by Long Beach Superior Court Judge Jesse I. Rodriguez.  Co-defendant Gloria Ramos, also 40, was ordered to spend 365 days in jail as part of a five-year probationary term.

A jury on Dec. 3 convicted both women of felony animal cruelty.  The jury also convicted Tiraki-Kyrklund of a misdemeanor violation of the Long Beach Municipal Code.

The case was filed a year ago after authorities discovered 152 dogs and 147 cats housed inside a warehouse in the 1300 block of Redondo Avenue in Long Beach.  A state-licensed veterinarian determined the conditions inside the warehouse were detrimental to the health and safety of the animals.

More than half the dogs had fur severely mattered with urine and feces.  Many were emaciated and had various infections, authorities said.  They said the cats also were emaciated and covered in feces.

A restitution hearing was scheduled for Jan. 31.


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