Maricopa County Sheriff Deputies happened across a horrific scene in Laveen, Arizona. They had been investigating a property after complaints from neighbors came in. Neighbors complained of hundreds of vehicles and raucous noise on the weekends.
They found evidence of what could be an animal fighting arena. An alleged arena, leashes hanging from trees, and beer cans were strewn about. That’s not all. A total hovering around 100 animals were found, including an estimated 40 dogs. Many breeds of animals were present including pigs and roosters. Dogs and horses were living in small, poor living spaces – gated areas. No food or water was seen anywhere. Officers reported that the animals were matted and mangy. One dog was dead when officers arrived on the scene and two horses collapses when officers tried to move them.
All types of dogs were found, not just large breeds like pit bulls. Authorities are speculating whether or not the little dogs were used for a training tool or bait as Deputy Joaquin Enriquez mentioned “”Little dogs, Cocker Spaniels, Poodles, chained up with heavy chains. That makes you wonder what they’re being used for. Are they a training tool for the bigger dogs that are here?”
The owner has been arrested but many questions remain. The owner claims that he rescued the dogs from local river beds but Authorities are left wondering. Were the dogs and horses being boarded? Were the dogs taken unlawfully from neighboring homes and cities? There seems to be in influx of missing family pets in the area in recent times. Residents are fearful and left wondering if their missing pet ended up as victims in this heart wrenching situation.
Authorities are looking for answers and hope you can help them. If you have a missing animal or have any information to help with the investigation, call the MCSO animal cruelty hotline at 602-876-1681 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org .