On June 4, 2021, at approximately 1030 am, a Prescott Police Department Animal Control Officer responded to a home in the 700 blocks of Prescott Heights Drive reference complaints of barking dogs and strong odors of feces coming from the property.
The Animal Control Officer was invited into a portion of the home and observed a large number of small breed dogs in the home. After having a conversation with the property owners, the owners advised that they were overwhelmed by the number of dogs they had on the property and they wished to surrender a portion of the dogs.
Due to a large number of dogs on the property, a request was made to the Prescott Valley Police Department Animal Control Unit and they immediately responded to assist as well as employees of the Yavapai Humane Society.
A total of sixty-two (62) small breed dogs were rescued from the property and transported to the Yavapai Humane Society where they will be placed up for adoption.
All of the dogs were found to be healthy at the time of rescue and there no criminal charges pending in the matter.
We would like to thank the Prescott Valley Police Department and the Yavapai Humane Society for their assistance with this incident.
Yavapai Humane Society Makes Public Comment…
News Story: YHS takes in over 60 small dogs! There are some stories and rumors starting to circulate concerning this story that we would like to defuse. Animal Control requested some help from YHS to transport due to the large number. So, two of the YHS staff were on-site at the residence. Despite a large number of dogs in the residence, they were extremely well taken care of. They are all clean, healthy, well-fed, and well socialized.
The owner voluntarily surrendered all the dogs that YHS has from her residence. The number of her animals simply got out of hand as her original dogs are not spayed or neutered. The dogs are all mostly about 2 years of age and younger and most seem related.
There are also a few litters of still nursing puppies that make up a good portion of the number. All of the dogs that are already old enough will be spayed/neutered, vaccinated, wormed, and microchipped within the next two weeks or so and all will be available for adoption at YHS. The puppies will be weaned, they will also get all of the above when they are old enough for surgery and then they will also go up for adoption after their spays/neuters.