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Animal Care and Control along with PCSO Respond to Animal Hoarding Case in San Tan Valley
Date: 4/15/2014
FLORENCE – Acting upon a complaint from a resident, Pinal County Animal Care and Control officers along with Sheriff Office deputies served a search warrant on a home in the 10000 block of East Victor Way in San Tan Valley to address a case of animal hoarding.

What officers found on scene was horrifying. Animal Care and Control removed 17 cats, one rabbit, one cockatiel two dogs and two deceased animals. The floor of the residence was covered in fecal matter and trash.

Outside the residence, officers found two pigs, six live goats along with one deceased goat. The Arizona Department of Livestock responded to the property to investigate the outdoor animals.

Currently, the seized animals are undergoing a veterinarian examination. It is unknown if they will be up for adoption.

“These types of hoarding situations are a direct result of failure to spay and neuter pets,” said Animal Care and Control Director Kaye Dickson. “There are low cost spay and/ neuter clinics available throughout the state. No animal or human being should have been exposed to such horrific living conditions.” The case will be forwarded to the County Attorney’s Office for review to see if charges will be filed. The owner could be charged with animal neglect.

Case Update
Director Dickson is pleased to report that Sasha, pit bull mix, is doing much better and gaining weight under the supervision of Animal Care and Control staff.

On April 1, Sasha was removed from a residence in Hidden Valley after Animal Care and Control officers noticed the dog was severely emaciated. At the time, Sasha weighed just below 25 pounds. She was one of six dogs that were seized after a resident called Animal Care and Control when they became concerned about the state of the pets on a neighbor’s property.

“It was touch and go for a while with Sasha,” Director Dickson said. “But thanks to great veterinary care and the dedication of our staff, it looks like Sasha is on her way to a full recovery. Even after all she has gone through, Sasha is a very friendly and loving dog.”

Note to media: Pictures are available upon request.