SAN TAN VALLEY, Ariz. -- Officials are investigating a suspected case of animal hoarding.
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.
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, according to Joe Pyritz with Pinal County.
Outside the residence, officers found two pigs, six live goats and one dead 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 Pinal County Attorney's Office for review to see if charges will be filed.
The owner could be charged with animal neglect.