Thursday, December 8, 2016

Arizona: Hillarie Allison, who runs Rescued Unwanted Furry Friends Foundation, told everyone she was running a rescue but really she was hoarding animals

ARIZONA -- Initial investigations began Tuesday (December 6, 2016) afternoon when Mohave County Sheriff’s Office Animal Control Enforcement Officer responded to an animal welfare check at Hillarie Allison's residence.

Allison runs an "animal sanctuary" called "Rescued Unwanted Furry Friends Foundation", located in the 1400 block of Laguna Road in Golden Valley.

At that time, Animal Control Officers took custody of one dog that was inside the house. This female dog was taken to a local veterinarian as she was covered in ticks, emaciated, severely anemic and possibly needing a blood transfusion.

The next day (Wednesday, December 7, 2016), Animal Control Officers returned and took custody of four dogs from inside the house that possibly were infected with Valley Fever. The department is waiting on blood test results.

Based on the conditions of the animals already removed and on what officers had observed while on the property the previous two visits, Mohave County Sheriff’s Deputies, Animal Control Enforcement Officers executed a search warrant Thursday (December 8, 2016) afternoon at Allison's residence in an effort to get a look at all the animals and their living conditions.

Code Enforcement Officers and Environmental Health Officers accompanied the law enforcement officers and, after seeing the conditions for themselves, condemned the residence. Therefore, the remaining 15 animals in the house (12 dogs and 3 cats) were taken into custody by Animal Control Officers due to either illness, old age, or couldn’t survive living outside.

The dogs remaining in the outside kennels were deemed not in need of immediate health care and remain being looked after by the volunteers at that location and may still be adopted, by making contact with the volunteers.

“Time and time again people have good intentions,” said Sheriff Jim McCabe.  “Somewhere along the line it becomes overwhelming and the animals now become prisoners rather than being rescued”.

(KSNV - Dec 8, 2016)