Kacey Montoya, KTLA 5

Kacey Montoya


Los Angeles, CA, United States

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Past articles by Kacey:

Yet another storm headed for Southern California; 2-4 inches of rain expected in Los Angeles

Rinse. Repeat. Another atmospheric river “event” is expected to bring heavy amounts of rainfall to Southern California on Tuesday into Wednesday, and the National Weather Service is warning that more flooding is possible. “We’re not just talking about a little shower passing through. We’re talking about a significant 24-hour storm,” said KTLA weather anchor Kacey […] → Read More

Rain impacts New Year’s celebrations, but Rose Parade should remain dry

Headed out to celebrate New Year’s Eve? You’d better bring an umbrella. Rain is expected to hit the Southland, including some relatively heavy showers in the hours leading up to midnight and into early Sunday morning. With that rain comes a risk for mud and debris flows, according to Los Angeles County Public Works. For […] → Read More

Inland Empire evacuations orders lifted after storm system hits Southern California

Evacuation orders for parts of the the Inland Empire have been lifted after a storm cell made its way through the Southland Saturday and into Sunday. Some residents in Yucaipa were placed under evacuation orders due to potential mud and debris flows, though those orders were downgraded to warnings Sunday evening and the shelter at […] → Read More

Reseda family fights to keep son’s emotional support dog from being seized by animal control

A family in Reseda says animal control officers have been harassing them, trying to remove their autistic son’s emotional support animal from their home after the dog got in a fight with another dog last year. Hagit Hen has Ring doorbell video that she says shows Los Angeles Animal Services fourth attempt to remove the […] → Read More

Animal rescuers accuse Devore shelter of inadequate care

Animal rescuers have come forward accusing management at a Devore shelter of not walking dogs and not giving them adequate medical care leading to suffering and even death. → Read More

Without funding, ambulance companies worried they won’t be able to keep enough EMTs employed

Low pay is driving EMTs from the industry in numbers never seen before, and the problem will only worsen if the state doesn’t step in to help, owners of private ambulance companies said. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, EMTs make less than $37,000 per year on average, though the field offers entry into […] → Read More

‘Be kind to your pets and the planet’: Tips for reducing your four-legged friend’s carbon pawprint

While many human beings are making sustainability and environmentally conscious actions part of their normal routine, some advocates are encouraging the same for man’s best friend and other household pets. Americans spend about $100 billion on their pets each year, according to American Pet Products Association. With much of that money going toward treats, toys […] → Read More

Los Angeles County sees spike in two canine illnesses

A pair of diseases for dogs have dog owners and public health officials worried in Los Angeles County. Dr. Karen Ehnert, director of Veterinary Public Health for the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, noted that the recent rise of cases of canine influenza and leptospirosis “is not normal.” “I have been with county for […] → Read More

On 93rd birthday, CA Navy veteran achieves dream of revisiting same type of boat he drove in WWII

On his 93rd birthday this year, Navy veteran Ben Read of Glendora got behind the wheel of a landing craft for the first time in 75 years during a trip to the National WWII Museum in New Orleans. → Read More

L.A. homeowner warns others after her property was stolen through deed fraud

A Los Angeles homeowner is warning others after she says her property was stolen from her through deed fraud. Carron Payton was shocked to receive a letter in the mail from the L.A. County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk’s office saying she had gifted her home of more than 20 years to a man named Frank Galvan. She […] → Read More

$10,000 reward offered for safe return of service dog last seen in Toluca Lake

A $10,000 reward is being offered for the safe return of a homeless man’s service dog, last seen in Toluca Lake. Kacey Montoya reports for the KTLA 5 News at 10 on Jan. 11, 2021. → Read More

Online pet scams spike amid pandemic

While the COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically increased the demand for pets, it has also brought a surge in pet scams. Some would-be pet owners have been paying hundreds or thousands of dollars to purchase a pet that doesn’t exist, or buying one that is sick. Online puppy scams are up 500% this year, according to […] → Read More

4-year-old on mission to spread acts of kindness across East Los Angeles

A 4-year-old from East Los Angeles is on a mission to spread acts of kinds, leaving gifts at local parks. Isaac Jeremy Villaneda was learning so fast, his mom says he wanted to challenge him. “The periodic table, for example, he learned that really fast, so he knows all of it. He knows the bones. […] → Read More

Here are some resources for L.A.-area pet owners who can’t afford vet care during the pandemic

It’s Responsible Dog Ownership Day on Saturday, Sept. 19. Angelenos who need veterinary care for their pets and can’t afford it can apply for COVID-19 assistance via littleangelsproject.org. They can also learn more about a free pet food pantry on therescuetrain.org/resources or make a request for their pets to be spayed or neutered at 1888spay4la.org/schedule-an-appointment. […] → Read More

Working Dogs for Warriors hosts 1st 9/11 memorial bike ride through O.C.

Working Dogs for Warriors, a non-profit organization that raises money to train and care for service dogs to help veterans and first responders, hosted its 1st 9/11 memorial bike ride through Orange County on Friday. For more information about WDFW, visit their website. Kacey Montoya reports for the KTLA 5 Morning News on Sept. 11, […] → Read More

Woman arrested for allegedly killing kitten in South Gate

A woman was arrested Tuesday for allegedly killing a kitten in South Gate, official said. The woman was caught on video around midnight Monday trying to unlatch a gate to get onto the front porch of Candice Esquivel’s mother’s house. The woman was not able to open the gate all the way so she is […] → Read More

Immigrant family seeks to rebuild after downtown L.A. jewelry store was looted

Pegah Shayesteh says her father’s jewelry store in downtown Los Angeles was looted on May 29. Shayesteh’s father, an immigrant from Iran, took out a loan on his house to open the jewelry store, after recovering from prostate cancer. Just when business was starting to pick up, the coronavirus pandemic shut them down, Shayesteh said, […] → Read More

Governors disregarding White House guidelines on reopening

Many governors across the U.S. are disregarding or creatively interpreting White House guidelines for safely easing restrictions and letting businesses reopen amid the coronavirus pandemic, an Associated Press analysis found. The AP determined that 17 states did not meet a key benchmark set by the White House for loosening up — a 14-day downward trajectory […] → Read More

One of Trump’s personal valets tests positive for COVID-19

A member of the US Navy who serves as one of President Donald Trump’s personal valets has tested positive for coronavirus, CNN learned Thursday, raising concerns about the President’s possible exposure to the virus. The valets are members of an elite military unit dedicated to the White House and often work very close to the […] → Read More

Newsom says 2 NorCal counties who reopened businesses in defiance of state order made ‘a big mistake’

California Gov. Gavin Newsom delivered a pointed rebuke to two rural California counties that defied the state’s stay-at-home order and allowed many retail businesses to reopen, saying Tuesday they are “making a big mistake” and endangering public health. Newsom left it up to officials in Yuba and Sutter counties to “do the right thing,” which […] → Read More