Puppies being cared for at MCSO MASH unit

Shocking video taken by Maricopa County Sheriff's Deputies who seized about 100 animals from an alleged puppy mill.

The majority of those dogs are now under the care of MCSO.

FOX 10 has been getting a lot of questions about what is going to happen to them.

Inmates at the MCSO Mash unit, short for Maricopa County Sheriff's Animal Safe Haven, had a huge job on their hands. They bathed 92 dogs, most of them bull dog puppies just a few months to a few weeks old.

"It was stressful knowing where we were going to house all of them," said Shanna Witmore.

MCSO seized the animals from an alleged puppy mill in Wittmann on Wednesday. The conditions they lived in according to Sgt. Adrianne Epperson were deplorable.

"The floors were covered in feces, urine, there was spilled food everywhere, a bird was living in the same room as them and was deficating all over the animals," said Sgt. Epperson.

The focus now is their health, removing ticks, getting the pups vaccinated, spayed, and neutered.

The inmates themselves, some of who have been with MASH for several months, know they have their work cut out for them.

"Terrible, it makes you upset with the owner, you know there's no way. It's hard for 8 girls to take care of this many animals, let alone one person in a house," said Darci Jacobus.

The puppies will remain with MCSO until one of two things happens, the owner surrenders them, or a judge will relinquish them to the county.

"There is a third possibility, she could take it through the court process, fight it, and if the court sides with her, we would return the animals, but I do feel that's a slim possibility," said Epperson.

Epperson says it could take months before decisions are made and the dogs are put up for adoption.

Until then the MASH unit will care for them.

No charges have been filed against the owner, the investigation remains open.

The unit says caring for the pups can be expensive and they rely on donations.

Online: www.mcso.org/mash
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