TONOPAH, Ariz. (KSAZ)
Over 129 cats and dogs, that is the total number of animals rescued from a Tonopah home Tuesday evening. MCSO says the owners are under investigation, being accused of running a puppy mill out of the home. The animals were found in deplorable conditions, and are being treated at MCSO's MASH unit.
126 pugs and 3 French bulldogs were taken to the MASH unit where they will be treated. MCSO says it wants to find new loving owners for the dogs, some of them will be adopted by an organization that will train them to be service dogs for veterans suffering from PTSD.
"All they care about is making money, they could care less about the health and welfare of the animals," said Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
The owners turned the dogs over to MCSO and the agency is caring for them until they are adopted. The pugs range in age from 4 weeks to 4-years-old. Investigators say the owners likely bred and sold the dogs, which could fetch up to $1,000 each, but the owners deny that charge.
Veterinarians are checking each of the 129 dogs to determine what kind of animal cruelty charges the owners will face.
The dogs may be up for adoption as early as next week. If you'd like information call the MASH unit at 602-876-1212.