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Nearly 200 pets seized from Arizona home

Pinal County Animal Care and Control officers seized 152 cats and 19 dogs from a home in Hidden Valley, Arizona, this week.

Seven officers arrived at the home to remove the animals, which took about eight hours. “It was shocking,” said Animal Care and Control Director Ruth Stalter. “This is the largest rescue from hoarding-type conditions in the history of Animal Care and Control.”

Six years ago, ABC15 reported, 98 animals were removed from the same home.

The animals that were removed will receive veterinary check-ups and put up for adoption. Residents interested in adopting animals can call the Citizen Contact Center at (520) 509-3555 or visit the shelter at 1150 S Eleven Mile Corner Road near the Pinal County Fairgrounds.


Comment from Miss Jan ‘n Gus ‘n Wally
Time September 17, 2010 at 11:31 am

There has been some internet buzz for about a year now about a national (maybe even international) registry where those convicted of animal abuse, neglect or hoarding are listed so that people with concerns about where their animals either came from or might be headed are “outed.” It is a proven statistic as studied for over a decade by the Tufts University folks who have made animal hoarding a primary research target that after a seizure and even following prosecution and hopefully conviction the hoarder simply moves to another community and begins again. Because often the hoarding/neglect/cruelty perpetrator is only subjected to misdemeanor charges they don’t often show up in a national crime database where even if they are there, there is no way for the average citizen to learn of their past crime(s). I would like to think that people are becoming more aware about not buying puppy mill products from pet stores, recognizing hoarders trying to disguise themselves as “rescues” and then whining about how their “rescue” simply got out of hand but they “had good intentions” (BAH!!!), recognizing faux rescues, etc. But the reality is, unless there is a database that concerned citizens can easily access, convicted animal abusers will keep on offending and if their current community becomes unfriendly they simply set up shop somewhere else. Something to think about! I know I would cheerfully have paid good money to find out (for example) that the person I sold my Arabian mare to was in fact a hoarder – and believe me I researched the buyer really really well but found nothing alarming – a registry would have revealed the buyer’s former conviction for animal abuse and neglect. Although my mare was impounded by the authorities and eventually rehomed, my own terrible guilt feelings for having sold her in the first place to a bad situation – well, I’ll never get over that. And the buyer? After another conviction (Harris County, Iowa) she simply moved to another Iowa county and has begun again.

Comment from The Pet Wiki
Time September 19, 2010 at 8:08 am

This is a really sad story. Every so often we hear a story like this on the news. Although this is animal abuse, the hoarders generally think they are rescuing the animals and treating them well. There’s more information on this phenomenon at

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