3/14/08

800 Dogs Seized From Mobile Home

TUCSON, Ariz.
About 800 small dogs, including Chihuahuas, terriers and Pomeranians, were seized from a triple-wide mobile home whose occupants were overwhelmed trying to care for the animals, authorities said Wednesday.

Pima County sheriff's deputies and animal welfare officials who removed the dogs also found 82 caged parrots in the home in a rural area northwest of Tucson.

Some dogs were pregnant and giving birth as they were taken to shelters in Tucson, said Jenny Rose, a spokeswoman for the Humane Society of Southern Arizona. Ninety-six dogs were taken from the house Monday and another 700 on Wednesday, she said.

"The home was definitely in very bad condition, urine and feces all over the home, in the kitchen and bedroom, with a very strong odor," she said. "Obviously, 800 dogs in a triple-wide mobile home, they were packed in there. That being said, they were in pretty good shape."

The elderly owners, who have not been identified, were apparently overwhelmed but have cooperated with authorities, sheriff's Sgt. James Ogden said. No charges have been filed, but authorities continue to investigate.

The animals appeared to have had enough food, but a few were missing paws - some from having been attacked by other animals, others apparently having caught their feet in fencing outside, Rose said.

The breeds included Chinese cresteds and Lhasa apsos. The owners were breeding and offering the dogs for sale, Rose said, but she described it as a hoarding case, in which elderly people sometimes feel no one else can give their animals a good home and won't part with them.

Deputies were alerted this month after a woman who bought a Chihuahua at the home reported the conditions, Ogden said.

The dogs living inside the house apparently had free run of the premises, Ogden said. Others were found in other structures on the property.

Ogden described the living conditions as "horrible, filth everywhere ... probably one of the worst (situations) I've ever seen."

The animals will be offered for adoption soon, Rose said, adding that a rescue group from Phoenix had taken 100 of the dogs.

What the hell goes on in some peoples head. And even if some do go to rescue, many others won't be kept long and put down because of not finding homes. Really sad.

2 comments:

  • Mee mOe said....

    Really really sad, thats terrible...I've heard of people who have held 100 hundreds of dogs or even cats and don't give them the proper care, only just to bred them and make money off them...some people are immorally wrong...good topic ;)

  • CindyS said....

    It's a very sad situation for the dogs and it sounds like for the elderly couple as well, however, on the brighter side, it is VERY unusual for small dogs to not find homes. I was involved in a rescue situation where we rescued over 100 small dogs and they were all spoken for before we could get them cleaned up. People had to wait for the court case for them but everyone of them went to a good home. Now if they were pit bulls or rottweilers, it would be a different story unfortunately.

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