Hundreds of pets rescued in animal hoarding case

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Dozens of cats, dogs, livestock and a pig were rescued from a 40-acre property in Witch Wells near St. Johns. By Jennifer Thomas Dozens of cats, dogs, livestock and a pig were rescued from a 40-acre property in Witch Wells near St. Johns. By Jennifer Thomas
The Humane Society of the United States helped rescue dozens of animals near St. Johns. By Jennifer Thomas The Humane Society of the United States helped rescue dozens of animals near St. Johns. By Jennifer Thomas
By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas
The Humane Society of the United States helped rescue dozens of animals near St. Johns. By Jennifer Thomas The Humane Society of the United States helped rescue dozens of animals near St. Johns. By Jennifer Thomas
The Humane Society of the United States helped rescue dozens of animals near St. Johns. By Jennifer Thomas The Humane Society of the United States helped rescue dozens of animals near St. Johns. By Jennifer Thomas

ST. JOHNS, Ariz. – Apache County sheriff's deputies arrested an elderly woman and two men for alleged animal cruelty and animal hoarding in eastern Arizona.

More than 200 animals were rescued from a 40-acre property in Witch Wells near St. Johns on Wednesday afternoon.

The woman arrested, identified as 86-year-old Mary Port, is reportedly a repeat offender. Investigators say she had similar problems with the law when she lived in Colorado before moving to Arizona.

According to the Humane Society, 201 dogs, 24 cats, two geese and a pig were rescued. Some animals were loose while others were in crowded and dirty pens. There was no food or water available to the animals.

Some of the animals were underweight and had skin problems, among other ailments.

The Humane Society of the United States and United Animal Nations built a temporary shelter for the dozens of animals roaming the property. The animals were examined and are being given any necessary medical treatment.

Investigators say that as Port was being arrested she told them the animals were her life.

Port is being held in Apache County and faces charges of animal cruelty and neglect.

Two men who were on the property at the time the search warrant was served were also taken into custody. They have been identified as Joshua Davis, 49, and Wayne Miller, 53.

Rescuers were back on the scene Thursday, gathering more animals.