Dozens of animals are under the supervision of the Pima Animal Care Center after sheriff’s deputies discovered animal hoarders. Currently being evaluated by the shelter’s clinical team are 34 cats, four dogs and five turtles.
On Wednesday, June 19 around 10 a.m., Pima County Sheriff’s Department deputies responded to the area of San Joaquin Road and West Ajo Way regarding a report of “individuals camping in a desert area.”
While investigating, deputies discovered animals living in what were observed to be unsanitary living conditions and removed them from the residence.
According to a release: “Officers noted a strong smell of urine and saw animal feces covering the floor. There was no water available to the cats. There was a litter box, but it was filled with urine and feces. There was no electricity in the trailer.”
Both 43-year-old Andres Contreras and 32-year-old Joylynn Severns were arrested for animal cruelty.
According to PACC, most of the cats are suffering from upper respiratory infections and matted fur.
One cat, diagnosed with Calici virus, was “humanely euthanized due to the advanced stage of the virus.” The settler added that the dogs and turtles appear healthy.
The case is still under investigation by the Animal Cruelty Division of the Pima County Sheriff’s Department, and traps are set to capture any other animals.