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Prescott Police Discover More Than 60 Dogs In Home After Complaints

Prescott Police Department

Last week, animal control officers rescued more than 60 dogs from a home in Prescott after receiving complaints about noise and odor. Law enforcement officials say, to their knowledge, it’s the largest animal hoarding situation ever encountered in the city. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports.

Sixty-two small breed dogs will be placed up for adoption at the Yavapai Humane Society after they were discovered in a north Prescott home.

Last Friday, police received complaints of barking dogs and a strong odor of feces coming from a property on Prescott Heights Drive. They responded and the residents invited an animal control officer into the home who observed the dogs. The property owners eventually admitted they were overwhelmed by the animals and agreed to surrender some of them to authorities. It’s thought that some of the adult dogs that weren’t spayed or neutered had several large litters of puppies.

Because of the substantial number of dogs, officers requested help from the Prescott Valley Police Department’s Animal Control Unit. Officials say the animals are in good health and there are no criminal or civil charges pending against their previous owners.

Ryan joined KNAU's newsroom in 2013. He covers a broad range of stories from local, state and tribal politics to education, economy, energy and public lands issues, and frequently interviews internationally known and regional musicians. Ryan is an Edward R. Murrow Award winner and a frequent contributor to NPR.
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