While investigating, deputies discovered animals living in what were observed to be unsanitary living conditions and removed them from the residence.
According to a release: “Officers noted a strong smell of urine and saw animal feces covering the floor. There was no water available to the cats. There was a litter box, but it was filled with urine and feces. There was no electricity in the trailer.”
According to PACC, most of the cats are suffering from upper respiratory infections and matted fur.
One cat, diagnosed with Calici virus, was “humanely euthanized due to the advanced stage of the virus.” The settler added that the dogs and turtles appear healthy.
The case is still under investigation by the Animal Cruelty Division of the Pima County Sheriff’s Department, and traps are set to capture any other animals.