Boks admitted that as of October 26, 2007, Animal Services had destroyed 25 of cats impounded from Mason's property. These were evidence animals, and as such could not be destroyed without a judge's written approval.
The reason the prosecution cannot destroy evidence is thereafter, a defendant has no way of to rebut any allegation made against him, such as those Boks repeatedly made against Mr. Mason on the LAAS' website.
Boks alleges many of the cats seized were ill with unknown illnesses, but apparently there was no diagnostic testing except for six kittens who tested negative for panleukemia at a professional lab--Antech. Therefore, we only have Ed's opinion that the cats were irremediably suffering. We have not even heard of the opinion of the veterinarian, who apparently was on site during the arrest and who apparently signed the orders to kill the cats.
That veterinarian was quoted by Boks as stating that he had never seen cats kept in conditions such as existed at Mr. Mason's residence. "The odors, excrement, and lack of sanitary conditions were extreme to the doctor, even with his high tolerance of unkempt lost and homeless shelter pets that he routinely encounters."
As the commenter below said, "We will never know now," the evidence animals have been destroyed.
Also,apparently we will never know whether or not Muffin was destroyed--the cat shown being strangled in the Daily News photo, or Burt, who had a 6" surgical pin in his leg from repairative orthopedic surgery in 2004, or Johny, an elderly cat shown in the Daily News photos being held by a woman in a blue jumpsuit.
If these animals were killed, there is something very, very wrong with LA Animal Services.