LOS ANGELES, Calif.–The owners of horses that have been kept at a condemned stable in the county’s Athens area–where a recent fire killed two horses, a pony and a goat–have been given more time to relocate their animals, officials said today.

The fire broke out about 11:25 p.m. June 17 at the stable near 131st and Figueroa streets, and appeared to have been sparked accidentally, according to a preliminary investigation by the sheriff’s department.

On Wednesday, county Department of Animal Care and Control personnel inspected the stable and “condemned the property because it is too unsafe for people or animals,” Evelina Villa of the DACC said in a statement.

The horse owners were initially ordered to remove their animals within 24 hours, but that deadline has been extended, said Marcia Mayeda, also of the DACC.

“In the ongoing effort to ensure the safe and timely relocation of horses from unsafe conditions … officials conducted additional inspections on June 28 and 29,” Mayeda said in a statement.

“Based on a comprehensive review of conditions of both the animals and the property, department officials determined it would be possible to extend the deadline for a brief period for removal of the horses.

“In the meantime, owners will be permitted to enter the property only to feed, water and remove their horses,” Mayeda said. “The property remains a hazard for people and animals.”

County officials will monitor the situation, and decide on a deadline for removal of all the horses, Mayeda said.