More than 100 dogs were rescued this week from a fetid, poop-filled multi-million-dollar home within a California gated community — owned by a lawyer and a local organizer for President Trump, according to new reports.
Orange County cops were tipped off about a possible animal cruelty condition inside the East Woodbine Avenue home around 2:20 p.m. Thursday, and found 136 neglected pups inside, NBC Los Angeles reported.
The dogs were mostly small breeds, including Shih Tzus and Maltese poodles — some of them with obvious health problems, according to the report.
The home was quickly declared uninhabitable.
“There was very little furniture inside of that residence, and there was dog excrement, urine all over, inside, on the floor,” Sgt. Phil McMullen of the Orange Police Department said, according to the station. “It appeared to be unlivable. The smell was unbearable for me. I’m surprised how people can live in that situation.”
The owners, Ed and Jo Reitkopp, were cited for misdemeanor animal cruelty, but officials said those charges could later be upgraded to felonies, local station ABC 7 reported.
Ed is a lawyer, according to the report. Jo runs the Trump-supporting organization Make California Great Again, according to her Twitter bio.
It’s unclear whether the couple ran a puppy mill out of their home, the report said.
But neighbor Lisa Paul recalled buying a pup for $1,500 from the pair in 2010. The dog suffered from various health problems and died at only 4 ½ years old, they claimed.
“We went in and she brought all the dogs out in this little plastic container, and we played with all of them,” Paul told the local station. “The house was clean, it smelled good. We thought we were buying it from a lady who breeds Shih Tzus.”
She was shocked to learn that the animals had been living in deplorable conditions.
“When I walked up and I saw it was this house, I just broke down crying,” she said.
Each of the dogs are receiving veterinary care and are eventually expected to be put up for adoption, according to the report.
“It’s all hands on deck,” Mike Kaviani of Orange County Animal Care told the outlet. “We have staff here right now making sure that every single dog is properly cared for, comfortably housed, and then we’re going to be monitoring them.”
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