The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) has removed over 50 dogs from an Arizona rescue group – many of the dogs appear to have been neglected and one dog died.
Authorities were called out to Shelter Paws animal shelter at 8828 East Apache Trail in Mesa on Thursday after receiving a report that there were many “starved” dogs being kept in crates.
Release from MCSO
MCSO Deputies responded and observed over 50 dogs who were extremely malnourished and being
kept in confinement with feces present in their crates. Animal Crimes detectives were then called to the
scene to assume the investigation. A search warrant was served allowing detectives to closely examine
conditions and make a determination about whether to remove the animals or take any other action.
Of the 53 dogs removed from the rescue agency, one died at an emergency veterinarian – the dog was said to be in “extremely poor condition.” The remaining 52 dogs were taken to the MCSO Animal Safe Haven (MASH) facility in downtown Phoenix.
“I want to first thank the individual who came forward,” said Sheriff Paul Penzone. “These dogs are now
in our care and we will ensure they have the opportunity to be brought back to full health. It’s
heartbreaking to see animals in this condition, and our investigators will seek charges as appropriate in
Shelter owner Domenic Anthony Asprella may face animal cruelty charges pending the outcome of the investigation.
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