Los Angeles police and other officials are looking into the disappearance of 64 animals, most of them dogs, from city shelters over the past year.
The Los Angeles Times reported on its website Tuesday that 49 of the missing dogs, cats and other critters disappeared from one shelter in the city's Lincoln Heights neighborhood.
Animal Services Department general manager Brenda Barnette said some could have been incorrectly listed as missing because of clerical errors, but she described at least some as having "wrongly disappeared."
"They were the young ones, the cute ones," Barnette said. "They were ones that would have been likely to have been sold or be a nice gift for someone."
Investigators with the city's police and personnel departments began probing the disappearances in April. Since then, the animal services agency has added new locks at the Lincoln Heights shelter and changed some of the personnel assigned there.
Barnette would not say if any employees had been placed on leave.