MCSO: Three dead dogs found at Tonopah home, Karl Giddings arrested

Posted at 2:49 PM, Jun 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-17 23:47:27-04

Officials are investigating an animal cruelty case in Tonopah.

The Maricopa County Sheriff office said detectives made an arrest following a three-month investigation in to animal abuse and neglect.

MCSO arrived to the house of 37-year-old Karl Giddings and his mother, 61-year-old Kathy Giddings this week and found two dead dogs on the property near 379th Avenue and Bethany Home Road.

On March 23, MCSO received a tip to investigate the welfare of animals in Tonopah. When crews arrived on the scene they found a dog that appeared to be dying.

The dog was rushed to a veterinarian and four hours later the dog died.

Detectives also removed an additional four dogs, six tortoises and one donkey from the property.

MCSO returned to the property earlier this week and discovered two more dogs and four puppies in ill condition

The four puppies and two dogs were seized and taken in for care where two of the puppies died.

Karl was booked into jail for one count of failing to provide shelter for animal and one count of failing to provide medical treatment.

Kathy was cited for three misdemeanor counts of failing to provide medical treatment and four misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty.