Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Dozens of dogs, reptiles removed from Scottsdale home

by Catherine Holland and Jared Dillingham

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- In yet another case of animal hoarding, the Arizona Humane Society removed 46 animals from a Scottsdale home Tuesday, including more than two dozen small-breed dogs and about a dozen reptiles.
Police were first called to the house in the neighborhood northeast of Scottsdale and McDowell roads by the homeowner herself, but that call had nothing to do with her animals. Rather, the woman, whose name has not been released, believed her significant other had violated an order of protection she had against him.
That initial call from the homeowner turned into something unexpected -- an apparent case of animal hoarding.  Responding officers called conditions inside "repulsive."
When police responded to the woman's domestic-situation call Monday, they discovered that she had dozens of animals and that the inside of the home was layered with feces and urine.
Because Monday was a holiday, they were unable to do anything about the situation right away.
Scottsdale police returned to the home Tuesday with AHS personnel and together they removed 29 small-breed dogs, including Shih tzus, chihuahuas, Maltese, dachshunds and Lhasa Apsos. They also seized four snakes, 11 tortoises, and a few turtles..."  More & video

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