Prescott Police Discover More Than 60 Dogs In Home After Complaints

Jun 8, 2021

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.

A handful of the 62 dogs rescued last Friday from a home in Prescott. Police and animal control officials say they believe it was the largest number of dogs ever found in a hoarding-type situation in the city's history.
Credit Prescott Police Department

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.