ATHENS (CBS) — More than 200 horses must be relocated from an Athens Village stable Thursday morning after city officials say the facilitate is not fit to board the animals.

The facility was red tagged by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Wednesday. A sign was posted at 11:41 a.m. that day by LA County Animal Services notifying horse owners that they have 24 hours to remove their animals or they will be impounded, officials said.

“The housing facilities for the animals are not structurally sound,” the notice said.

The building, in the 13000 block of Athens Way, was deemed structurally unsound after a fire broke out at the stable on June 17, killing three horses and a goat.

“It’s devastating because a lot of people just can move their horses in 24 hours,” horse owner Calvin Grey told CBS2’s Joy Benedict.

Owners have until 11:41 a.m. Thursday to remove the animals.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.


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