ARIZONA NEWS

Two will likely face animal abuse charges in separate Surprise cases

Mar 1, 2018, 9:32 AM

(Maricopa County Sheriff's Office Photos)...

(Maricopa County Sheriff's Office Photos)

(Maricopa County Sheriff's Office Photos)

PHOENIX — Two people will likely face animal abuse charges after deputies were called to two homes this week, the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office said.

In one case, deputies were called to a house near 151st Avenue and Dynamite Boulevard on Feb. 27 after Juli Soave allegedly left her animals behind when she was evicted.

Detectives standing outside the home said they could smell the animal waste inside.

More than 20 cats and two dogs were found inside, along with animal urine and huge piles of feces. Investigators had to wear protective gear and masks.

The animals were taken to an animal hospital.

Soave, who hasn’t been arrested yet, will face charges of abandonment, inadequate shelter and failure to get medical care.

In the other case, sheriff’s deputies received a call from the Surprise Fire Department about a possibly malnourished dog at a home near Waddell and Citrus roads on Feb. 25.

When they arrived, they spotted a dog with what appeared to be an injured leg lying on a walkway. The dog’s owner, 79-year-old Lonnie Townsend, told deputies he couldn’t afford veterinary care and was waiting for it to die.

The dog was taken to an animal hospital in critical condition.

Townsend could be charged with animal cruelty pending the results of the veterinary medical report.

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

Two additional measles cases in Maricopa County were identified Feb. 22, 2024. (Photo by Fiona Good...

Danny Shapiro

Maricopa County announces 2 additional cases of measles, more possible exposure sites

Maricopa County announced two more cases of measles Thursday, about two weeks after an initial case involving an international visitor was confirmed.

38 minutes ago

Entrance to the Internal Revenue Service building....

KTAR.com

Arizona launches legal battle against IRS to halt taxation of state-issued tax rebate

Arizona Attorney General Kris Mayes said the state is suing the IRS in hopes of stopping it from taxing a state-issued tax rebate.

2 hours ago

Three panel image, left to right, of Ruben Gallego, Kari Lake and Kyrsten Sinema...

Kevin Stone

New Arizona Senate poll: Ruben Gallego up big over Kari Lake in race for Kyrsten Sinema’s seat

A new poll on Arizona's U.S. Senate race is good news for Ruben Gallego, bad news for Kari Lake and worse news for Kyrsten Sinema.

2 hours ago

Brunson Lee elementary school district sign...

KTAR.com

Manhunt yields no results after shooting suspect seen going into Phoenix elementary school

A manhunt came up empty after a shooting suspect was seen running into an elementary school before students arrived Thursday morning.

5 hours ago

Chandler innovation fair 2024 East Valley...

Serena O'Sullivan

Chandler Innovation Fair to celebrate innovation with hundreds of hands-on science exhibits

The yearly Chandler Innovation Fair, which celebrates innovators and scientists of all ages in the East Valley, will return on Saturday.

7 hours ago

Follow @KTAR923...

Sponsored Content by Midwestern University

Midwestern University Clinics: transforming health care in the valley

Midwestern University, long a fixture of comprehensive health care education in the West Valley, is also a recognized leader in community health care.

Sponsored Articles

...

DISC Desert Institute for Spine Care

Sciatica pain is treatable but surgery may be required

Sciatica pain is one of the most common ailments a person can face, and if not taken seriously, it could become one of the most harmful.

...

Collins Comfort Masters

Here’s 1 way to ensure your family is drinking safe water

Water is maybe one of the most important resources in our lives, and especially if you have kids, you want them to have access to safe water.

...

Collins Comfort Masters

Avoid a potential emergency and get your home’s heating and furnace safety checked

With the weather getting colder throughout the Valley, the best time to make sure your heating is all up to date is now. 

Two will likely face animal abuse charges in separate Surprise cases