Couple arrested after 9 dogs found abandoned in Tonopah

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TONOPAH, Ariz. -- Maricopa County Sheriff's detectives have arrested two people who allegedly abandoned nine dogs at a Tonopah home in November.

Daniel Gonzalez, 33, and his girlfriend, 33-year-old Andrea Mendoza, are accused of leaving two adult dogs and seven 5-week-old puppies at a home near Salome Highway and Wintersburg Road without food, shelter or water.

The property owner contacted the sheriff's office to report that his former tenants had left their dogs.

Detectives responded and found some of the dogs severely emaciated and lethargic. The dogs were transported to a veterinarian and treated for Valley fever, dehydration and hypothermia.

It is estimated the animals would have died within eight to 20 hours if left on the property, according to the sheriff's office.

Detectives located Gonzalez in Gila Bend and Mendoza in Arlington.

They were each booked on 29 counts of animal cruelty.