Dozens of animals seized at animal rescue in north Phoenix

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The animals were sick and some were severely underweight. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) The animals were sick and some were severely underweight. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
The Arizona Humane Society had to step in and save dozens of animals that were sick at an animal rescue on Wednesday. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) The Arizona Humane Society had to step in and save dozens of animals that were sick at an animal rescue on Wednesday. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
The dogs and cats were thin, sick and tick infested. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) The dogs and cats were thin, sick and tick infested. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -

The Arizona Humane Society had to step in and save dozens of animals that were sick at an animal rescue on Wednesday.

The Humane Society confirmed workers took in 24 dogs and 10 cats from Wiggle Butts Rescue, which is located in a house near Seventh Street and the Loop 101 Pima Freeway.

The smell of feces was so strong, crews could smell it from the street, Ashliegh Goebel with the Arizona Humane Society said in an email.

The Humane Society team had to dress in hazmat suits.

The dogs and cats were thin, sick and tick infested. Many of them had hair loss or untreated injuries, Goebel said.

"There are all sorts of breeds (Huskies, Pit bulls, Plott hounds) and all age ranges (from puppies to seniors)," Goebel said.

All the animals were driven to the Arizona Humane Society’s Second Chance Animal Trauma Hospital. 

"It’s hard to say how many of the pets will survive such horrific neglect, but we are hopeful that many of them will have a good outcome," Goebel said.

Goebel said teams had tried to investigate Wiggle Butts several times before after receiving "many reports" from concerned people.

"Until today, we have been unable to assess the situation," Goebel said.

She said the group teamed up with the Phoenix Police Department to get a warrant to search the rescue group's facility.

An investigation is underway. Phoenix police told us that "criminal charges may be forthcoming pending the results of their medical evaluation."

Wiggle Butts' website said they opened in 2015.

The Corporation Commission showed the nonprofit is registered to Danielle Lee.

“I’m not sure if she just wasn’t able to keep up the care of all these animals,”Goebel said.

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