When Susan Curtis the Long Beach woman left behind a lot of friends: Most where human, but a large number weren't.
Now some of those human friends are trying to find homes for the nonhuman ones — Curtis' six cats, two rats, her dog, her snake and several mice and fish.
“She was a champion for animals and spent a good majority of her time trying to rescue or find homes for animals,” said Melissa Knievel in an email.
Knievel is a friend and the owner of Up Up & Away Kites on Main Street in Seal Beach, where Curtis' worked for seven years.
“She could never turn a blind eye to an animal in need … one of the reasons she ended up with so many.”
Knievel said that most of the animals have been taken to Long Beach Animal Care Services Shelter and will be available for adoption Jan. 30 but interested people can go and visit them and put a hold on them.
“Now it’s our turn to pay her back for fighting for so many animals,” Knievel said. “If there is anything we can do for her, it would be to make sure her animals find loving, caring, and stable homes. She would be heartbroken to know her animals are in a shelter. ... They are safe, but they are scared and confused about this new world they have been thrown into without their 'mom,"
According to the Long Beach Police Department, Curtis was crossing Bellflower Street against a red light on her bike Tuesday evening when she was struck by a van. Transported to a nearby hospital, she died of her injuries four hours later.
Dexter the snake has found a home with one of the police officers working Curtis’ case, but it’s not certain if it’s a permanent home.
The animals are at the Long Beach Animal Care Services Shelter, 7700 East Spring Street, Long Beach. For more information call Phone (562) 570-7387 or visit www.longbeach.gov.acs
To see pictures of some of the animals and their identification numbers, click through the attached photos.
Patch reporter Nancy Wride contributed to this story.