BUCKEYE, Ariz. - Maricopa County Sheriff's officials say they've seized more than 100 neglected animals from a home near 193rd Avenue and McDowell Road.
They say an animal crimes unit served a search warrant on the property Monday and found more than 30 dogs that were in a bedroom, plus numerous cats that appeared to be ill from a lack of food and water.
The homeowner's 18-year-old daughter and 11-year-old son were found at the site. MCSO says they immediately contacted the Arizona Department of Child Safety, which has an open case involving the boy.
"This is the third case of neglect we've investigated in 19 days. Both children and animals needed our assistance and we acted swiftly to help," stated Sheriff Paul Penzone.
Sheriff's investigators believe there was both hoarding and breeding of animals at the home. They say 37 dogs were seized, along with 21 cats, 16 pigs, 16 guinea pigs, seven goats, six donkeys, six mini-horses, four pet rats, three horses, two rabbits, two birds, one tortoise and one mule.
Officials say ownership of all animals was signed over to MCSO. The animals remain in emergency veterinary care.
The investigation is ongoing and no arrests have been made.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.