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No-kill rescue raided and owners brought up on cruelty charges

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According to Friday's publication of the Daily Press, it has happened yet again...a Lucerne Valley, Calif., self-described no-kill rescue agency, has come under fire from the authorities and those running the agency are facing animal cruelty charges.

Sherree Lynn Lutter, 58, and 29-year-old Lacy Lynn Lutter, owners of the Helping Paws rescue, have been arrested and are facing felony animal cruelty charges after officials discovered that the animals in their care were forced to exist in "terrible and deplorable" conditions.

A neighbor helped tip off the authorities to the conditions for the rescue agency and officials found over 120 dogs and 15 cats on the property; the animals were removed by animal control officials.

On Petfinder, the rescue agency described their operation as:

We are a no kill pet rescue and adoption group. Pets that are too timid to be adopted are worked with until they are adoptable or they will stay with us where they feel secure for the rest of their lives.

The women are facing ten counts of animal cruelty each.

Several "No-Kill" rescue agencies have come under fire recently - earlier this week, the Golden S Rescue in Easley, S.C., was raided, and earlier this month, a Bradenton, Fla., no kill agency had hundreds of animals seized after deplorable conditions were revealed.

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