171 Animals found in deplorable conditions at Pinal County home

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By Natalie Rivers By Natalie Rivers
By Natalie Rivers By Natalie Rivers
By Natalie Rivers By Natalie Rivers
By Natalie Rivers By Natalie Rivers
By Natalie Rivers By Natalie Rivers

FLORENCE, Ariz. - The Pinal County Animal Care and Control seized 171 animals from a home in Hidden Valley, just south of Maricopa.

An anonymous tip led officers to the home where 152 cats and 19 dogs were seized.

“This is actually the second time we have had to rescue animals from that same person,” said Animal Care and Control Director Ruth Stalter.  “We were out there in 2004 when we removed 58 cats and 40 dogs.  The owner was then convicted on animal cruelty charges.”

Animal Care and Control officers were startled by the conditions when they entered the home on Monday.

PCSO said a couple and their two teenage children were living in the home with all 171 animals.

“The house was simply filthy with no running water,” Stalter said.  “There were layers of feces on the floor throughout the trailer.  No litter box was provided for the cats that were living in the house.  It was shocking.  This is the largest rescue from hoarding-type conditions in the history of Animal Care and Control.”

Sheriff's officers worked with Animal Care and Control for more than eight hours to remove all the animals from the home.

The family signed all the cats and dogs over and they will undergo vet check-ups and then be adopted out.

If you would like more information on adopting a cat or dog from Pinal County’s Animal Care and Control, please call the Citizens Contact Center at (520) 509-3555.  You can also visit the shelter at 1150 South Eleven Mile Corner Road (west of the Pinal County Fairgrounds); hours of operation are Monday through Friday 8:00 am until 5:00 pm and Saturday 10:00 am until 2:00 pm. 
Animal Care and Control also has pets for adoption on Saturday at the Pet Smart located at the Promenade Mall in Casa Grande from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm.

Pinal County will begin their investigation into whether the couple who lived in the home will face any charges.