Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Arizona: The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office removes dozens of neglected animals from Mesa home

ARIZONA -- The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office removed dozens of neglected animals from an east Mesa home on Wednesday.

Detectives from Sheriff Joe Arpaio's Animal Crimes Investigations Unit responded to the home near Hawes Road and Southern Avenue as part of an animal abuse investigation.

Sheriff's officials said the homeowners surrendered the nearly 40 animals that were on the property, including dogs, snakes, birds, lizards, hedgehogs and spiders.

Investigators said feces and other filth littered the home, and many of the animals appeared to be undernourished.

"The conditions in this house were deplorable," Arpaio said in a news release. "No one animal should be subject to the kind of living disorder the owners provided, let alone the menagerie of animals they collected."


Arpaio said this wasn't a typical hoarding situation. The animals were being kept and raised to sell.

"This is the most unusual animal crimes investigation that I have seen in my tenure as sheriff," Arpaio said at the scene.


Neighbors said they thought the residents were mobile dog groomers.

Veterinarians were examining the animals and said most should be OK.

No arrests have been made at this time.

(Tucson News Now - Nov 30, 2016)