MARICOPA, Ariz. – Pinal County Animal Care and Control officers seized six emaciated dogs they found at a home in the Hidden Valley area southwest of Maricopa last week.
Officers said one of the dogs was nearly dead. The pit bull mix was found lying on its side covered in flies. They seized the animal and transported it to a veterinarian for treatment.
Officers provided food to other dogs in various stages of starvation.
"This was a sickening find for our officers," said Animal Care and Control Director Kaye Dickson. "All the dogs were found in deplorable conditions, no food, shade or even water. You can easily tell the owner did not care for these animals."
No one was home when officers went to the property on April 1 after receiving a tip, but an officer returned the next morning and spoke to the owner, who claimed to feed the dogs daily.
According to county officials, officers saw no sign of that being done.
"This owner had plenty of food for the animals, but never bothered to feed them," Dickson said. "We were able to immediately secure a search warrant and rescue the animals left on the property."
Results of the investigation are being submitted to the county attorney's office for consideration of possible prosecution. Potential charges include animal cruelty and neglect.