Sheriff's deputies rescue dogs abandoned in the desert near Mesa

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

MESA, Ariz. -- After spending a month alone and abandoned in the desert east of Mesa, two shepherd-mix dogs are now safe.

After 3TV reported on the two hard-luck hounds, Sheriff Joe Arpaio sent Maricopa County deputies to rescue them. The dogs had been kept alive by Susan Andre and other good Samaritans who brought food and water each day.

The dogs were taken to the Palm Glen Animal Clinic on Northern and 43rd avenues where Dr. Berney Mangone found them to be in fairly good shape.

One of the poor pooches had an identification chip under its fur, which allowed sheriff's deputies to learn its name is Junior.

Arpaio hopes other information on the ID chip will lead to the person who left the dogs in the desert to fend for themselves.

The dogs will be cared for by inmates in the sheriff's animal M.A.S.H unit.