93 Dogs removed from home in 'extreme' animal-hoarding case

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas
By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas
By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas
By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas
By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

FLORENCE, Ariz. -- Pinal County Animal Care & Control personnel responded to a case of "extreme animal hoarding" Tuesday afternoon and removed nearly 100 dogs and exotic birds from a home south of Maricopa.

Two people were living in the home, which had no electricity or running water. The floors were covered with garbage and several inches of fecal matter, according to Animal Control.

"We worked this incident in fear for our own health," said Kaye Dickson. "I cannot fathom how the two adult residents were able to live there."

Officers seized 93 dogs and five exotic birds from the home. One dog had severely infected bite wounds and had to be euthanized to prevent continued suffering, officials said.

The owner voluntarily surrendered the animals. They will be put up for adoption in the coming weeks.

"Our officers have responded to multiple cases of animal hoarding in the last 12 months," said Kaye Dickson. "We worked through the night to shuttle these animals to our shelter after finding them on a remote rural property. Our shelter is exceeding capacity and we are operating under emergency conditions."

If you would like to adopt one of the Pinal County dogs log onto: http://pinalcountyaz.gov/Departments/AnimalControl/Pages/Home.aspx

Or visit the Maricopa County Animal Care and Control shelter at:
http://www.maricopa.gov/pets/

Or visit the Arizona Animal Welfare League & SPCA at:
http://aawl.org/

A veterinarian examined the five exotic birds. He found two of the birds to have some issues and at least one will be a special needs bird.

The birds are in the care of Arizona Exotic Bird Rescue Inc. in Tempe. A donation fund has been set up for them. You can make a donation in person at 1290 S. Scottsdale Road, Suite 130, Tempe, AZ 85281 or at www.arizonaexoticbirdrescue.org.