150 Dogs Rescued After Finding Them In Arizona

150 Dogs Rescued After Finding Them In Arizona

Calbert Gillett of the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office confirmed TODAY that a homeless family was found living in the Arizona Desert with about 150 dogs and cats. Despite the family’s limited resources, the dogs were well-fed and well-cared for, a representative from the local shelter said. 

A few days ago, deputies received a call from the State Land Trust claiming a family living on the state-owned land near Wittman, Arizona. The family was evicted after living there for more than a year.

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150 Dogs Rescued After Finding Them In Arizona

When they arrived, they discovered that many animals were living in kennels and tents around the area. Detectives scrutinized the whole area and were surprised to find that none of the animals appeared malnourished or sick. Gillett said in a statement that all the animals had shade and shelter.

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The family agreed to voluntarily surrender their animals to the MCSO MASH unit where they would receive veterinary care and eventually be ready for adoption and get their forever homes. The family had already contacted Sky Sanctuary Rescue to assist their dogs and cats before the authorities arrived. The founder of the Sky Sanctuary Rescue, Elli Smith, told TODAY over the phone that the family contacted them through social media and asked for help to transport them. 

150 Dogs Rescued After Finding Them In Arizona

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Smith was not known about the number of animals, he went to the site to get 10 animals but surprisingly there were more than 50-60 animals. Smith added that all the dogs were very well fed, within the family’s limited resources. She said that except for older dogs, no one had any sickness or medical concern.

150 Dogs Rescued After Finding Them In Arizona

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There were three moms also with newborn puppies. On the first night, they ended up leaving with 22 dogs and returned the following day to rescue the rest. The Deputies and MCSO MASH unit’s team were making arrangements to relocate the family and animals and ended up taking 56 medically fragile animals and one cat. Smith shared that the family kept five dogs and moved to a new property. 

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