ARIZONA NEWS

Arizona man accused of hoarding 69 dogs that attacked livestock near his residence

Dec 22, 2023, 8:00 PM

A team of law enforcement officers and detectives rescued 69 dogs from a hoarding situation on Wedn...

Officials seized 69 dogs from the property in north Arizona. (Mohave County Sheriff's Office Photo)

(Mohave County Sheriff's Office Photo)

PHOENIX — A team of law enforcement officers and detectives rescued 69 dogs from a hoarding situation on Wednesday, officials said.

The seizure came in the wake of an investigation of animal hoarding at a property in Dolan Springs, which is in northwest Arizona.

“The investigation began when our range detective was notified that some of the involved dogs were at large and attacking livestock in the area,” according to an announcement from the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO).

How bad was the alleged hoarding situation in north Arizona?

Reports of injured livestock spurred officials to obtain a search warrant for the property, where they found dozens of dogs behind a chain-link fence.

Detectives and officers extracted the dogs from the property where Pablo Cruz-Sanchez lived, the MCSO announcement said.

Cruz-Sanchez now faces a litany of charges for allegedly letting his dogs run free to wound and kill livestock in the area.

A spokesperson with the department clarified that Cruz-Sanchez isn’t accused of hurting the livestock himself.

Instead, he’s being held accountable for anything his dogs may have done to other animals in the area.

“The charges mean he is legally responsible for the damage caused by his animals,” MCSO spokeswoman Anita Mortensen told the Las Vegas Review Journal. “Not that the attacks were intentional.”

Additional charges for criminal damage the dogs may have caused is pending, officials said.

We want to hear from you.

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

Arizona News

Former Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano seen during 2018 event in Los Angeles, is part of a panel inve...

Kevin Stone

Former Arizona governor joins panel investigating attempted assassination of Donald Trump

Former Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano will serve on a panel investigating the attempted assassination of former President Donald Trump.

1 hour ago

Leading Democratic candidate Kamala Harris and Arizona voters...

Serena O'Sullivan

Border could be hardest issue for VP Kamala Harris to win Arizona voters on, Valley political expert says

Vice President Kamala Harris is now in the spotlight as the leading Democratic candidate ahead of the general election in November.

3 hours ago

Vice President Kamala Harris prepares to swear in Sen. Mark Kelly of Arizona, with wife Gabrielle G...

Kevin Stone

Does Arizona US Sen. Mark Kelly have chance to be running mate for Kamala Harris?

With Vice President Kamala Harris seemingly on track to move to the top of the Democratic ticket, could Arizona Sen. Mark Kelly be her running mate?

3 hours ago

Arizona Secretary of State Adrian Fontes answers questions in Phoenix after winning his election in...

Kevin Stone

Arizona Sec. Adrian Fontes explains how Joe Biden’s withdrawal affects state elections

How will Joe Biden's withdrawal affect Arizona elections? "We'll be OK with that," Secretary of State Adrian Fontes said Monday.

6 hours ago

(Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management)...

KTAR.com

Romero, Circle fires threatening land near Kearny in rural Arizona

Crews continue working to contain two large wildfires threatening farm land in rural Arizona near Kearny, officials said Monday.

6 hours ago

People in the Valley are without power after weekend outages...

KTAR.com

Power mostly restored across metro Phoenix morning after storms rolled through

Over 200 people in the Valley went without power early Monday morning, according to the Salt River Project and Arizona Public Service.

8 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

...

Sanderson Ford

3 new rides for 3 new road trips in Arizona

It's time for the Sanderson Ford Memorial Day sale with the Mighty Fine 69 Anniversary, as Sanderson Ford turned 69 years old in May.

...

Day & Night Air Conditioning, Heating and Plumbing

Beat the heat, ensure your AC unit is summer-ready

With temperatures starting to rise across the Valley, now is a great time to be sure your AC unit is ready to withstand the sweltering summer heat.

...

COLLINS COMFORT MASTERS

Here are 5 things Arizona residents need to know about their HVAC system

It's warming back up in the Valley, which means it's time to think about your air conditioning system's preparedness for summer.

Arizona man accused of hoarding 69 dogs that attacked livestock near his residence