MARICOPA, Ariz. -- Pinal County Animal Care & Control officers seized 26 dogs and other animals from a home south of Maricopa after finding them injured and living in unsanitary conditions.
The animals were kept in a double-wide manufactured home on a large rural lot in Pinal County’s Thunderbird Farms area, near the Ak-Chin Indian Community.
Investigators said many of the animals were kept indoors and were not allowed to go outside. The home's floors were soaked with urine and the walls were heavily damaged.
Many of the dogs had skin conditions, possibly mange and ringworm, according to investigators. Some had facial deformities.
In addition to the 26 dogs, officers also seized 30 gerbils, some with skin lesions and broken legs; nine roosters, all with mite infestations; one extremely overweight potbellied pig; a goat with lesions on its front knees from walking on them because its hooves were overgrown; and one bird.
The owner claimed some of the dogs were spayed. The male dogs were not neutered and the owners could not produce vet records or proof of rabies vaccinations, officials said.
"Cases like this just break our hearts. Not only were there too many animals kept in unsanitary conditions, most were suffering from a lack of basic care," said Animal Care & Control Director Kaye Dickson in a news release. "This is our third case of excessive animals or hoarding for 2013 and I hope it is our last. We are grateful to have many volunteers who are trained to assist with these large cases so we can assess the animals on intake."
The seized animals are not available for adoption at this time.
Pinal County sheriff's deputies seized marijuana and a shotgun that were located at the scene.
Pinal County Building Safety officials examined the property and provided notice of corrective actions that the homeowner must undertake to make the property safe for occupancy.