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Nearly 30 dogs rescued by AAWL from hoarding, abandonment situations in northern Arizona

Posted at 5:17 PM, Aug 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-12 23:14:05-04

CONCHO, AZ — The Arizona Animal Welfare League says it helped rescue nearly 30 dogs this week from dire living situations in Northern Arizona.

The first case involved 24 dogs living in a hoarding situation at a home in Concho, Arizona. The dogs were reportedly living in filthy conditions inside and outside the home with “large amounts of trash, dog hair and feces found throughout the home.”

"They were in a hoarding situation. The dogs were never let outside. They all lived in the trailer with the couple that are ill and frail and they finally asked for help," said Kelly Quinn, founder of Arizona Border Collie Rescue. "They had to use a snare, it was awful. It was an awful situation the dogs were very fearful they've never been out of the home. They were extremely frightened."

AAWL evaluated and transported the dogs to Arizona Border Collie Rescue, but will keep two of the dogs that require significant medical treatment.

AAWL also assisted in a second case of multiple dogs living on an abandoned property where the owner allegedly said he would “shoot any dogs left.”

Several dogs have been rescued from the property, including one with a broken leg and large mass on its hip that will require surgery.

A representative says the dogs will eventually be rehabilitated and up for adoption at Arizona Border Collie Rescue and AAWL, but there is no firm timeline for when they will be available.

It's unclear if anyone faces charges in either situation.