Monday, December 6, 2010

Fire Leads to Animal Hoarding Case

By Monique Griego

EL PASO, TX - Firefighters responded to a mobile home fire overnight and found a man hoarding about 60 dogs inside a trailer.

The fire was called in by a neighbor at about 1 o'clock this morning.

Authorities say the shed behind a mobile home caught fire and then spread to the home located near Roadrunner and Angora Loop in Northeast El Paso.

Firefighters tell us they found about 60 dogs inside the mobile home..." More & video

50 Rescued Chihuahuas Need New Homes

By Kai Porter

In all, 55 chihuahuas were found inside a Northeast El Paso mobile home this morning.

One chihuahua has already died. The others are now at the city's Animal Services Shelter, huddled together in cages to keep warm. The couple who also lives at the home voluntarily turned them over the the city after an early morning fire forced them out.

"It is a typical hoarding case. The conditions inside the home are deplorable, there's a lot of manure and urine," said Eduardo de Castro, Deputy Director of Animal Services.

But despite the deplorable conditions inside the home, veterinarians say most of the chihuahuas seem to be in good shape. Besides not being spayed or neutered and never being vaccinated, the city says it looks like they were being fed and taken care of..." More & video

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