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  • PACC responds to third hoarding case in 3 weeks

    Apr 20, 2016 | Read More News
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    dogs rescued from puppy millOver the last three weeks, Pima Animal Care Center has rescued nearly 100 pets from three hoarding homes, including 28 small dogs, many of them Yorkshire Terriers, Poodles and Maltese mixes, saved late Tuesday night from a Tucson puppy mill. 

    These large-scale rescues come at a time when PACC is already caring for more than 700 pets between its shelter, 4000 N. Silverbell Rd., its four PetSmart locations, and its large network of volunteer foster homes. With the shelter increasingly crowded, PACC has reduced pet adoption fees to only $20 through April 30 for all pets six months or older. That fee includes the pet’s spay or neuter surgery, age-appropriate vaccinations, microchip and license, if applicable. Puppies and kittens’ adoptions fees remain $50, plus any applicable license.

    puppy mill run from private homeThe 28 dogs rescued in the latest hoarding case came from a puppy mill, run from a private home near Swan and 26th. PACC’s investigators say these dogs were being bred and sold for commercial profit. A small number of them are puppies and the rest estimated between two and eight years old. 

    “We’re proud to be there to help our community’s neediest pets, but we are increasingly crowded said,” Justin Gallick, PACC’s director of community engagement. “We really need the community to help our pets by adopting, or by making a donation if they can’t adopt.” 

    pups saved from puppy millPACC’s medical team is currently altering these dogs and providing them the necessary medical care to get them ready for adoption. As is the case with most puppy mill dogs, however, PACC anticipates many will need dental work. Individuals interested in helping PACC underwrite this lifesaving medical care can make a tax-deductible gift to PACC’s medical fund on PACC’s website

    All three hoarding cases continue under investigation at PACC. 

    PACC’s April hoarding cases: 
    • On April 1: PACC rescued 48 cats and kittens from a single home after the owner, who was evicted, abandoned the cats. 
    • On April 12-19: PACC saved more than 20 cats from a Tucson home near Kolb and 22nd after the owner, who was evicted, abandoned the cats. 
    • On April 19: PACC saved 28 dogs and puppies from a puppy mill in Tucson. 

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