29 puppy mill pugs released to adoption network

Posted at 5:15 PM, Dec 14, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-14 19:15:03-05

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio announced the release of 29 dogs from the Tonopah puppy mill investigation. The pugs will go to the Arizona Pug Adoption and Rescue Network, which will continue caring for the dogs.

The pugs are just a fraction of the 129 animals seized Nov. 17 from a 348th Avenue home. Deputies said they found the animals living in deplorable without food or water. A total of 122 pugs, 6 French Bulldogs and 1 cat were rescued from the home.

Charges are currently pending against the owners of the puppy mill, and the remaining animals will likely be adoptable next month, Arpaio said.

From now until the 21st of December the Sheriff's office will be accepting applications for people within the state of Arizona interested in adopting. The forms, downloadable from, must be mailed to:

201 S. 4th Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85003