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North Hills mystery: Who killed Mack, the family dog, in a bathtub full of scalding water?

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This puppy is not Mack -- but looks a little like him.

A North Hills family believes someone broke into their home and viciously killed their puppy in a tub of scalding water.

According to KTLA, North Hills resident Eva Jaspers called police at around 2 p.m. Tuesday to report that one of her daughters found the family dog -- a black lab-shepherd puppy named Mack -- dead in the bathtub.

Jaspers’ daughter came home to find the front door of their apartment open, according to KTLA’s report, and actually burned herself retrieving the dog from the water.

The dog was never a problem, never noisy or a nuisance, Jaspers said. Police are treating the investigation as a felony animal cruelty case.

To see a picture of Mack -- who looks to be a very young puppy with a black coat and white belly -- see the KTLA story.

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Officers seize dozens of starving farm animals from ‘backyard butcher’ in Santa Clarita

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Rescuers said this horse suffered from starvation, sores and infections. The horse's owner was arrested and charged with animal cruelty.

A total of 58 haggard and malnourished farm animals have been rescued from a so-called backyard butcher on a property near Santa Clarita, and authorities are condemning the owner for what they call an especially severe case of animal cruelty.

KTLA reports that Los Angeles County Animal Control officers raided the property on Monday and seized five cows, two dozen goats and sheep, 19 fowl, one cat and one horse.

A backyard butcher is someone who legally owns farm animals for personal use and consumption. However, abusing the animals is illegal -- and selling them for profit, as this homeowner allegedly was doing, is not allowed.

The unidentified owner has been arrested and charged with felony animal cruelty. 

The animals were horribly undernourished and their living conditions unsanitary, officials said. As of Wednesday all the animals had been transferred to The Gentle Barn, a rescue facility in the Santa Clarita Valley.

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