This is a follow-up to a disturbing story TRPWL reported back in July concerning adult biz make-up artist Christianna Hartland a.k.a. Christianna Billman a.k.a. Christianna Billman-Coppola. For several years Christianna had sidelined in animal rescue —
Arleta couple charged with cruelty in hoarding of nearly 100 dogs
Dogs with highly contagious illnesses left to fend for themselves. Others trapped in crowded cages that were stacked like cargo boxes.
Some of the dogs were so racked with life-threatening ulcers they dragged their limbs.
The animals were among 97 dogs rescued by animal control officers this summer inside a single-family home in Arleta.
On Friday, City Atty. Mike Feuer announced that he had filed animal cruelty and neglect charges against a couple who was supposed to be taking care of the dogs.
“No humane society should allow conditions like we allege these animals were housed in to persist,” he said. “This is not how one treats cherished companions.”
The case is the third animal cruelty complaint filed by the city attorney’s office in less than three weeks.
Authorities say Christianna Billman Hartwell Coppola and her boyfriend, George Katcher, both 39, adopted the dogs from local animal shelters, then solicited donations from the public to help pay for the animals’ care.
But Feuer said the funds never went to the dogs, who instead lived in “utterly deplorable conditions.”