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
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.