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Animals rescued from Mesa cruelty case ready for foster homes

Posted: 3:01 PM, Feb 11, 2019
Updated: 2019-02-11 18:26:15-05
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PHOENIX — More than a dozen animals rescued in a cruelty case last month are now ready for the next step in their recovery.

Nineteen animals (dogs, cats and a rabbit) were removed from a Mesa home near Stapley and McKellips on January 15. Police have charged 62-year-old Theresa Finneren with more than a dozen counts of animal abuse.

According to court paperwork, responding officers found six dead dogs inside, some of which had been eaten by other dogs.

Police say Finneren admitted to getting overwhelmed and "stopped caring."

The rescued animals were taken to the Arizona Humane Society and have been receiving treatment and recovering ever since. Now, officials say the animals are available for foster parenting, who will continue to treat them for ringworm.

Ringworm is a fungus that is similar to athlete's foot and is one of the most common infectious skin diseases in young cats. Dogs and rabbits can also become infected, and the treatment can take months.

Those interested in fostering one of the animals will receive training, support and medical supplies from AHS to continue the animals' care, which includes two dips per week in a sulfur mixture along with oral medication.

Prospective adoptive parents need a non-carpeted bathroom or other isolated room that is easy to clean and free of upholstered furniture. The humane society will provide personal protective equipment, including gloves, gowns and booties.

Those interested in learning more about becoming fosters for these animals can do so on the Arizona Humane Society's website.