Take a chance on a dog rescued from a hoarding house

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX -- You can say Olive the dog is living the good life.

“She’s just a ray of sunshine; she's a happy addition to our home,” said Monica Sperke.

A few years back Sperke welcomed the Mexican hairless dog into her arms as a foster.

“Olive decided the first night she was staying with us,” Sperke said.

The dog owner wasn't able to resist Olive's inner beauty for long.

“The fact that she had a tough beginning certainly doesn't affect the fact that's she's a wonderful pet,” Sperke said.

Three years ago, police rescued Olive, now 13 years old, from house full of hoarded dogs.

“From what I understand, Olive lived in a cage most of her life and was used for breeding,” Sperke said.

Sperke works with the Arizona Animal Welfare League & SPCA and said dogs like Olive may have come from bad situations but they can be great pets.
“I have not seen any bad effects from the situation she came from. She is such a grateful little being and happy all the time,” Sperke. said.

The Pinal County Animal shelter shared with 3TV today photos of the latest massive dog rescue in Arizona.

The animals were living with their owners in a double wide trailer.

“He started out four years ago with four and four years later he has 93 dogs.  Obviously it got out of hand really quick.,” said Joe Pyritz with Pinal County.

All of these dogs will need a new home like Olive did, and Sperke encourages interested dog owners to take a chance on an Olive.

“I would encourage people to give these animals a chance and see if dogs like Olive are a good fit for their families like Olive was for us,” she said.

If you would like adopt one of the Pinal County dogs or donate money to help care for them, check out http://pinalcountyaz.gov.

You also can find many wonderful dogs at the Maricopa County Animal Care and Control shelter, as well as at the Arizona Animal Welfare League & SPCA.