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  • PACC takes in cats, dogs and turtles in hoarding case

    Jun 20, 2019 | Read More News
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    turtles in a poolPima Animal Care Center has taken in 43 pets from a hoarding case, including 34 cats, 3 dogs, 1 puppy and 5 turtles. The rescued animals are all currently being evaluated by the shelter’s clinic team. 

    This case is still under investigation by the Sheriff Department’s Animal Cruelty Division. Animal Protection Officers from PACC assisted with the removal of the animals. While many of the animals are still undergoing medical evaluation, PACC’s clinic team says most of the cats are suffering from upper respiratory infections and some matted fur. One cat, diagnosed with Calici virus, was humanely euthanized due to the advanced stage of the virus. The dogs and turtles appear healthy.

    Officers are setting traps to make sure all animals in the trailer have been found. The conditions inside the trailer are poor. 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.

    PACC will provide an update when the pets become available for adoption. Currently, the shelter has 1,590 other animals in need of homes and could use the community’s immediate help to make room for incoming pets. On average, the shelter is taking in between 50-100 animals each day. 

    People can help by adopting or fostering existing pets. Those interested in fostering can stop by the shelter or send an email to PACC.foster@pima.gov. People who want to adopt a pet can look at them online or visit them in person at 4000 N. Silverbell Road. The shelter is currently offering two adoption specials. Cats four months old and older are free to adopt. Adopters can also name their own price for dogs that are at least four months old and weigh at least 30 pounds.

    PACC’s normal business hours are Monday through Friday, noon-7 p.m. or 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the weekends. All pets adopted from PACC will come spayed or neutered, with age-appropriate vaccinations, a microchip and a free vet visit. A $19 licensing fee will apply to dogs.