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93 Dogs found in 'deplorable' conditions available for adoption

93 Dogs found in 'deplorable' conditions available for adoption

CREATED Mar 16, 2012

Reporter: Corinne Hautala

CASA GRANDE, Ariz. (KGUN9-TV) – Nearly 100 dogs rescued in an animal hoarding investigation are available for adoption in Pinal County.

In early February, 93 dogs and five birds were found in a home in Maricopa.  Pinal County Animal Care and Control took the dogs out of what it called, “an extreme case of animal hoarding."

County officials said the conditions were deplorable, explaining there were piles of feces inside and outside of the property.

Pinal County spokeswoman, Heather Murphy, said the birds have found a new home with a bird specialist and the dogs will be available for adoption this weekend.

“We work very closely with the would-be adopter and make sure they know about the dogs and the fact that they're making a 12 to 15 year commitment,” said Murphy when asked about the adoption process.

Thanks to a newly formed partnership between Pinal County and local dog rescues there is another option to save the dogs from being euthanized.

“They [rescue groups] sign an agreement with the county that outlines how we're going to work together,” said Murphy, “They get a list of any dogs that might be up for euthanasia and have the opportunity to pull those dogs, so we can give them a good home.”

Murphy told 9OYS the partnership has dramatically cut the euthanasia rate at the shelter.

“To the point where really only very sick animals get euthanized,” she said.

Cats from another hoarding investigation in Pinal County will also be available for adoption. The cats and dogs will be available at Pet Club in Maricopa from 10a.m. to 2p.m. on Saturday, March 17.