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Glendale woman arrested for squatting with 52 dogs disputes animal abuse accusation

Posted: 8:11 PM, Aug 15, 2016
Updated: 2016-08-16 13:04:21Z

A Glendale woman says she's innocent of animal cruelty and she's showing ABC15 her proof.

Laurie Collins offered up pictures of some of her 52 dogs snuggling with blankets. She also shared a video of her on the ground begging Glendale officers to allow her back onto the property after she was evicted.

She wanted to check on the dogs in the backyard, which she said were hot, had too little water, and were getting aggressive.

"They would not go back to them, and I wasn't allowed back there either," Collins said. "I could have gone back there and stopped all the arguing because I am the alpha."

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Glendale police officers say they originally arrived as backup for the eviction. After seeing all the dogs, they say they called two agencies to rescue the animals , and police monitored them during the wait.

Three of the 52 dogs have not survived. The Humane Society says some of the survivors seem to have old injuries and ear problems. The agency says one dog is having trouble using its hind legs.

Collins was arrested on suspicion of animal cruelty. The Maricopa County Attorney's Office is still reviewing the case for possible criminal charges.

The animals have not been returned to Collins who is now living in a motel.

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