Animal rescue worker accused of animal abuse

Posted at 3:07 PM, Jan 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-22 17:07:13-05

Charges have been filed this week against a Glendale woman who, police say, had three dead dogs caged in her home.

Glendale police said in court documents that on April 11, 2015 officers were called to Tracey Hughey's, 53, home  near 55th Avenue and Greenway. While there, they found the living conditions to be deplorable.

Police said there was trash covering the floor, urine and feces throughout, and 18 dogs either caged or wandering the home with no water and little food. They then found three dogs inside cages that "had been dead for a long time," according to the court documents.

Hughey arrived at her home later that day and told officer she worked for Haven Animal Rescue and housed the dogs at her home until they were ready for adoption, records say.

She said the three dogs died from medical issues and that she was so depressed over their deaths she neglected the other animals.

The remaining dogs were given to the Arizona Human Society for treatment and care.

Hughey is scheduled to be in court on Feb. 18 to answer to animal cruelty charges.