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Case ID: 19403
Classification: Hoarding
Animal: dog (pit-bull)
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Judge(s): Don Thomson

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Tuesday, Feb 28, 2012

County: Cochise

Disposition: Alleged
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» Sha-Ton Murdock
» Tyshira Buck

The Huachuca City Police Department has announced the names of two suspects sought in connection to an alleged puppy mill raided by officers late last month.

Warrants have been issued for the arrest of Sha'ton Murdock, 29, and Tyshira Buck, 26, on charges of violating several town ordinances regarding animal housing, as well as animal cruelty and failure to prove vaccinations and licensing of more than 30 dogs recovered from a home in Huachuca City.

On Tuesday, Feb. 28, Huachuca City police served a warrant at 201 Grant St., where they found more than two dozen pit bulls, including puppies, housed in kennels and makeshift enclosures in the backyard and inside the home. They are also charged with violating the city's ordinances regarding the maximum number of animals allowed per household and the breeding of dogs or cats within town limits.

Most of the dogs were found to have mange, and some had evidence of scarring of undetermined origins.

The Huachuca City Magistrate Judge has granted an emergency hearing to issue a disposition on the fate of 31 pit bulls.

The hearing is scheduled to be held on March 15 at the magistrate court.

A veterinarian has examined the dogs and suggested that two of the dogs be humanely euthanized due to numerous health problems, according to Huachuca City Police Lt. Jennifer Fuller. The town's animal control supervisor has also suggested, pending Magistrate Judge Don Thomson's decision, that the dogs be released to a pit bull rescue program in Tucson called Smiling Dog Rescue, Fuller said Thursday.

The program has the capacity to run background checks on those who apply to adopt the dogs so there is less of a chance that they end up in an unhealthy home, Fuller said. "They have capabilities and resources that we just don't have," she said.

The dogs have been kept in the Huachuca City Animal Shelter


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