15 dogs removed from filthy cages at Queen Creek home

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(Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office) (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)
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Animal Crimes detectives from the Maricopa County Sheriff's office are investigating a case of possible animal neglect at a property in Queen Creek.

Detectives served a search warrant at the property near Ellsworth and Ocotillo roads on Wednesday morning.  MCSO says 66-year
old Kathleen Marshall and 63-year old Kevin Marshall lived at that home. 

More than a dozen dogs had to be removed from the home.

[WATCH: GoPro video of 15 dogs in filthy cages in Queen Creek]

Photos of the area showed dogs kept confined in cramped, filthy cages. MCSO says the dogs were sitting in their own feces and urine for extended periods of time and had little to no water.

Deputies say they were called out to the same home two weeks ago, on Jan. 8, after someone reported the condition of the dogs.

MCSO warned the homeowners to clean up the residence and improve conditions for the animals.

 When detectives returned on Jan. 17, nothing had changed, so crews came out to the property to remove the dogs.

Fifteen dogs were seized and taken to Palm Glen Animal Hospital for evaluation and care. The dogs appeared to be malnourished and most needed immediate care. They are expected to be transported to the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office Animal Safe Haven Unit (MASH).

Kathleen Marshall was the only one home when the search warrant was served because her husband has been hospitalized. The case was referred
to Adult Protective Services (APS) which already has an open case on the couple.

Charges are pending the results of the veterinary evaluation.

This is one of the first big investigations for the Sheriff's Department M.A.S.H. unit since former Sheriff Joe Arpaio left office. The MCSO truck at the scene still had Apraio's name on the side, however, a caricature of his face had been removed.


Maricopa County Sheriff's Office Animal Safe Haven Unit (MASH)
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[Google Map: Ellsworth and Ocotillo Roads]

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