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93 Dogs, 5 Birds seized in 'extreme animal hoarding' investigation

Inside the Maricopa home Courtesy: Pinal County Animal Control

93 Dogs, 5 Birds seized in 'extreme animal hoarding' investigation

CREATED Feb 2, 2012

Reporter: Corinne Hautala

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) – Nearly 100 dogs and 5 birds are now in the care of Pinal County Animal Control.  The animals were found in a mobile home in Maricopa.

Pinal County Animal Care and Control found 93 dogs and 5 birds living in what investigators call an extreme case of animal hoarding. 

An annoynmous caller led county workers to the home in Maricopa.  

“Definitely some of the worst conditions I've ever seen,” said Heather Murphy Communications Director for Pinal County.

Two adults were living in the home without running water or electricity. 

“The home conditions were just deplorable,” said Murphy.  “There were piles of feces inside and outside of the property.”

One of the dogs had to be euthanized.

“The dog came in with extensive bite injuries to its abdomen that had gotten badly infected,” Murphy explained.

A veterinarian will check the health of the animals, but animal control officials said some of the dogs appear to have respiratory problems.

The dogs are expected to be available for adoption in a couple weeks.

Criminal charges are pending as the investigation continues.