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Case ID: 19523
Classification: Hoarding
Animal: dog (non pit-bull)
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Wednesday, Mar 28, 2012

County: Maricopa

Disposition: Alleged
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Alleged: Charlene Scott

Maricopa County Sheriff's deputies arrested a woman accused of animal cruelty and some of the images are disturbing.

Charlene Scott was booked into the 4th Avenue Jail on Thursday. She was charged with 14 counts of animal cruelty. Deputies rescued five adult dogs and nine puppies from her property. They were living in deplorable conditions. One puppy was found dead.

An MCSO deputy was responding to another call when she noticed a group of dogs on Scott's property in dire need of help.

One of the rescued puppies that's just a couple of months old had white body fluid oozing out of his body. His hair was worn away with the skin exposed -- all reactions to ticks and parasites.

That puppy was in such bad shape and is still receiving care at a veterinary clinic, but the other 13 dogs seized at that home were brought to the Maricopa County Sheriff's MASH unit.

Inside MASH, the adult dogs and puppies, all Chow-Labrador mixes, are getting treatment.

"They are infested with ticks," said Samantha Gort. "We've been cleaning up after them 24/7..we keep picking up dead piles of ticks."

Some of the dogs have hair loss from parasites, others are being nursed back to a healthy weight after being malnourished.

Gort is a detention officer in charge of the inmates and animals that come into MASH.

"I love it..wouldn't trade it for anything in the world," said Gort.

But it's a tough job only for the emotionally strong.

Gort cares for these abused pups and still manages to give their owner the benefit of the doubt.

"Could she be down on her luck? Absolutely. Could she not care? That's also a possibility. Everyone is having tough times right now. Unfortunately, most of that transferring to the animals," said Gort.

The dogs might be available for adoption in six weeks.

Maricopa County Sheriff's Office - MASH Unit
602-876-1212
www.mcso.org/Mash/Default.aspx

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