MCSO investigating animal abuse case in Tonopah

Posted at 11:33 AM, Jun 06, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-06 23:44:48-04

Officials are investigating an animal abuse case in Tonopah.

The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office said they served a search warrant for animal abuse and neglect on several animals. Fiften animals, including dogs, birds, ducks, geese and a guinea pig that were found in neglected conditions and underfed.

Detectives were reportedly alerted of "extremely unsanitary conditions" at the home.

MCSO listed spider webs covering the walls, decaying food and hoarding among the issues around the property. The temperature inside the home was 100 degrees, MCSO said. 

Detectives were investigating an unrelated call months ago nearby, noticed the property and told the owner that if she ever needed help caring for the animals, to call MCSO. 

MCSO says she never called for help and is currently in the hospital. The poor conditions were seen before she went into the hospital.

The homeowner, identified as Pat Mahan, will be charged with 15 misdemeanor counts of animal neglect and additional charges are possible depending medical exams on the animals.