Deputies found the dogs while serving a search warrant at a rental home in the 20800 block of East Pickett Street, officials said. The dogs were removed from the home for evaluation.
He said deputies went to the house about two weeks ago after receiving an anonymous tip that there were numerous dogs being neglected at the house.
"It wasn't as bad as described, but it was pretty bad,'' he said. "We got with the homeowners and explained that this needed to be fixed.’’
Investigators said dogs were kept in cages with feces present and had inadequate food and water.
Deputies returned to the house on Wednesday and found nothing had changed.
"Once we started looking at these animals a little closer, we knew we had to intervene,'' Enriquez said, citing possible health issues with some.
He said it appeared the dogs had not been given water for several days, had not been properly fed and remained caged with feces.
The homeowners, who were not identified, were cooperating with sheriff's officials Wednesday, he said. Officials are investigating whether charges of animal neglect will be pursued.
As of Wednesday afternoon, no arrests had been made, and the dogs' health were being evaluated by officials.
Mario Rodriguez, a neighbor, told The Republic he could hear numerous dogs barking whenever someone would enter or leave the home. He said he hadn't noticed anyone at the house for an extended period.
(AZCentral.com - Jan 18, 2017)