PHOENIX -- An East Mesa woman was arrested by the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office Wednesday for allegedly leaving her two dogs in the desert for months.
MCSO said Jamie Rae Seehan, 36, was arrested at her home after deputies were able to identify her as the owner by using a microchip in one of the Shepherds.
The dogs are now in the care of inmates at Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s jail for abandoned and abused animals.
Seehan’s dogs were discovered several weeks ago by Susan Andre, who goes horseback riding in the area.
Andre wasn’t able to take the dogs in, but she brought them food, water, and ice every day to make sure they were taken care of.
Andre called animal control, but because the dogs were strays on federal land she wasn’t able to find anyone who could help.
Sheriff Arpaio eventually learned of the dogs’ situation and sent his deputies out to rescue them.
MCSO said Seehan admitted to deputies that she had driven out to the desert at the end of March and left her dogs with a small amount of food.
Seehan reportedly said that she didn’t know what to do with her animals because she was moving to Minnesota and wasn’t able to bring them with her.
Sheriff Arpaio said what Seehan did was "sick," and he’ll make sure she’s held responsible for her actions.
“With temperatures reaching above 100 degrees, it is cruel and inhumane to leave your animals outside to fend for themselves without food or water,” said Arpaio. “This person will be held responsible for this cruelty to these nice animals.”