PLEASE READ THE ARTICLE IN THE LONG BEACH PRESS-TELEGRAM. FINALLY, JUSTICE HAS BEEN SERVED FOR THE HUNDREDS OF ANIMALS WHO HAD TO ENDURE CRUELTY AND DEATH WHILE BEING 'CARED' FOR BY A 'SO-CALLED' RESCUER' NAMED ALEXIA TIRAKI-KYRKLUND AND HER NON-PROFIT ANIMAL RESCUE ORGANIZATION, NOAH'S ARK...THANKS TO LT. MICHELLE QUIGLEY AND HER STAFF AT THE LONG BEACH ANIMAL CONTROL...THANK YOU TO THE CITY OF LONG BEACH FOR PROSECUTING THIS CASE...
2 convicted, jailed in Long Beach animal shelter abuse case
By Hanna Chu, Staff writer
Article Launched: 12/03/2007 04:53:02 PM PST
Gloria Ramos, left, a volunteer for Noah's Ark in Long Beach, and Alexia Tiraki-Kyrklund, owner of Noah's Ark, are taken into custody by deputies after the verdicts were read in the Long Beach courtroom. (Steven Georges/Press-Telegram)LONG BEACH - Alexia Tiraki-Kyrklund, the owner of Noah's Ark animal rescue shelter, and Gloria Ramos, a volunteer, have been convicted of three felony charges.
Both defendants were found guilty of cruelty to a female, black and tan, *censored*er spaniel, a female brown pitbull terrier-type dog, and cruelty to dogs 1 through 152.
Tiraki-Kyrklund was also convicted of a misdemeanor charge of operating or carrying a kennel at the location.
The jury could not reach a verdict for count 10, cruelty to a feral gray tabby adult cat, or for count 13, cruelty to cats 153 to 299.
The charges against the women stem from an August 2006 raid on the shelter, formerly located at 1330 Redondo Ave., in which Long Beach Animal Control seized 299 cats and dogs.
The jury began deliberations Thursday afternoon and were unable to reach a verdict until today.
Judge Jesse Rodriguez approved the prosecutor's request that the defendants be held without bail, and the women were immediately handcuffed and taken to prison.
"I believe justice was served. Today is a fabulous day for the animals," said Lt. Michelle Quigley of Long Beach Animal Control.
The sentencing date has been set for Dec. 20. The court will also hear whether the prosecutor would like a retrial on counts 10 and 13 on that day.
The defendants face a maximum of four years each in prison.
Unhappy with the verdict, Defense Attorney Todd Krauss insisted