OAKLAND — The owner of a pet shop whose 46 dogs were confiscated by animal control this week was waiting to hear Friday the results of an administrative hearing whether the seizure was proper, officials said.
The hearing was conducted by a member of the City Administrator’s Office but the results were not known as of 3:30 p.m. Friday. The owner of the dogs said that she would not be able to get her dogs back today and that the decision may take a week.
The dogs were seized from Rosie’s Enterprise Pet Shop Wednesday as part of an ongoing investigation by animal control officers, authorities from Oakland Animal Services said.
Authorities would not say whether the service of a search warrant at the pet shop was part of an animal abuse investigation or something else.
Rosie Hall, who owns the pet shop, said Thursday she was surprised when animal control arrived at her business at 10814 Bancroft Ave. with a search warrant to seize the dogs that she sells.
She said she filed a complaint with animal control and was told to return Friday for a post-seizure hearing.
There have been complaints lodged against the shop before but no action like what happened Wednesday was ever taken.
Hall said Thursday she breeds Chihuahuas and other dogs and sells them from $500 to $1,000.
“I just want my dogs, I don’t want no trouble,” Hall said. “I want my dogs back for me to sell. Business is bad, but the location is very cheap.”
Hall’s business license expired in December.
The pet store has been at the location for about 2½ years and has been visited by animal control officers in the past.
In September, Hall said she received a complaint from animal services after her dogs escaped and neighbors complained of noise.
Hall said she was told she needed to lower the dog noise and confine them in a proper kennel, make sure they are fed, cleaned and that the vaccinations were up to date.
“I asked the attorney, whatever is required of me to do to bring the dogs home, I will do it,” Hall said.
Rebecca Katz, the animal control director, would only say Thursday that the raid was part of an “ongoing, open investigation” and that they have “been looking into complaints about that location for some time and finally went in on a court-issued warrant.”
The dogs were taken to the Oakland Animal Shelter for evaluation. Hall was able to go in and see her dogs, which she said were fine.
Animal control would not comment on the dogs’ condition.
Animal control is leading the investigation, but Oakland police officers were at the store assisting them in removing the dogs Wednesday.