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  • PACC saves 40 dogs from hoarding house Sept. 4

    Sep 07, 2016 | Read More News
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    Pima Animal Care Center’s enforcement division saved 40 small-breed dogs from a single hoarding house on Sept. 4. The dogs’ owner cooperated with the rescue operation by surrendering the dogs to PACC and allowing staff to provide medical care, grooming and start placing the neglected pets up for adoption by noon Thursday, Sept. 8.  

    The surrendered dogs are mainly Poodle, Terrier and Chihuahua mixes, and are all relatively young, at 4 years old or less. PACC officials say most are in overall good health; however, the majority of them desperately needed grooming because of the neglect they suffered. One of the dogs, a year-old Chihuahua mix named Roo, came to PACC with no front legs. PACC’s medical team believe she was born that way because of inbreeding. 

    Roo“Roo and her 39 friends show what can happen when unchecked breeding gets out of control,” said Adam Ricci, PACC’s enforcement operations manager. “Thankfully someone reported this situation to PACC and we were able to help. Now we can do everything possible to get these dogs altered, healthy and in forever homes.”

    PACC volunteers have groomed the dogs and a new low-cost, nonprofit spay/neuter clinic, Altered Tails, has volunteered to spay and neuter the dogs at no cost to PACC. Additionally, the rescue group, Lil Bit of Love Rescue, has offered to take a mother and her pups who were too young to be at PACC, as well as several puppies with Giardia. The remaining dogs will be placed for adoption Thursday at noon.

    PACC’s nonprofit partner, the Friends of Pima Animal Care Center, has started raising funds to help the shelter save these dogs, and Roo in particular. PACC doctors have done what they can do in-house, including conducting x-rays that showed arthritis on the young dog’s hip, treating her pain, removing her persistent baby teeth, and spaying her. Donations to Friends of PACC will help underwrite an orthopedic specialist visit for Roo, a custom-created and fitted mobility cart, and possible surgery, so she can lead a happy, healthy life. To learn more, visit the Help Roo Roll webpage or call (520) 288-1151.

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