MCSO: About 100 animals seized from Wittmann home

More than 100 dogs were removed from a home in Wittmann and Maricopa County Sheriff's deputies say the owner was running a puppy mill -- and this isn't the first time she's been busted for animal abuse.

When deputies were removing some of the dogs, a few of the animals got into a violent fight and had to be immediately taken to an animal hospital.

According to Sheriff Joe Arpaio, this was a lucrative operation.

In the home's backyard were large wooden crates.  Inside those crates, dozens of dogs with only a small slit to let in air and light.  Inside the home were mostly puppies living in what detectives describe as filthy conditions.

"This is a puppy mill.. a big one," said Arpaio.

Investigators went into the home Wednesday morning and pulled out about 100 dogs, mostly bulldog pups.  A crew of veterinarians checked the animals before seizing them.  In addition to all those dogs, 3-year-old child was removed from the home near Grand Avenue and Lone Mountain Road, saying the conditions inside weren't safe enough for puppies, let alone a young child.

Investigators say 59-year-old Colleen Jolley has a history of animal crimes.  She was convicted in Oregon back in 1994.

"She was very clever because she has video surveillance on her house.. so you would walk up to buy the dog.. you are not getting into the house.. probably be very difficult to crawl over the feces, so she would come out and make the sale, explained Arpaio.

The home is in a secluded area. Neighbors had no idea what was going on.

"I just live right behind the place and nobody has ever heard of it," said Scott Briggs.  "They should take a little better care of their pups.. they are really cute little dogs and they shouldn't be treated like that."

Investigators say bulldog puppies can sell for thousands of dollars.

"She is in this of course to make money and doesn't care about the health of the breed.  All she wants to do is pump out the puppies and not taking care of them," said Arpaio.

Two horses were also removed from the property.  One horse kicked a veterinarian in the chest, causing minor injuries.

Wittmann is about 35 miles northwest of Phoenix near US 60.
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