MCSO: 14 dogs removed from home near Apache Junction

Posted at 3:27 PM, Dec 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-13 10:52:51-05

Fourteen dogs were removed from a home near Apache Junction during an investigation by deputies in Maricopa County on Monday afternoon. 

According to the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office, animal crime detectives were called out to a home near University Drive and Meridian Road. The animals were "living in horrible conditions," MCSO said. 

MCSO deputies were called out to the home after the Arizona Department of Child Safety was taking custody of six children at the home at the time.

DCS then contacted MCSO regarding the poor living conditions for the 14 dogs, all labradoodles. 

MCSO originally said Jason Rogers and another woman were arrested, but later clarified Rogers and his wife Dori Connor were the ones cited for child-related charges; animal crime charges are currently pending against Rogers. 

Rogers spoke with ABC15 and said he disagrees with the horrible living conditions statement MCSO released.

"They basically told us that we weren't allowed to tend to our dogs," he said. "We begged them, we need to let them outside, they need to go to the bathroom, and they wouldn't."

Rogers said DCS was investigating at the time and "the dogs weren't in bad conditions when they took the kids."

Stay with ABC15 for updates.