Eyewitnesses Report Seeing Maricopa Co Pound Worker Abuse Dogs

Arizona – Two sisters who went to Maricopa County’s West Valley Animal Care Center looking for pets to adopt say they heard a pound employee yelling at a pair of dogs he was trying to put into a kennel. They say they saw the worker repeatedly and violently kick the dogs, although one got most of the […]

Disturbing Surgical Complications at Maricopa Co Shelter

An investigative report that appeared on azcentral.com over the weekend examines several cases of surgeries with “grisly outcomes” at Maricopa Co Animal Care and Control in Arizona.  The most disturbing of these is the occurrence of pets who undergo spay surgery and then have their guts fall out shortly thereafter.  Vets at the shelter reportedly use […]

#DeadDogLulz in Maricopa Co

As we are so often told about people who work in pet killing facilities:  Nobody WANTS to kill animals.  But apparently when they do get to kill them, it’s too fun not to gloat about it on social media. A Maricopa Co dog called Mickey was reportedly minding his own business in his fenced backyard […]

Maricopa Co: Cruel and Unusual Treatment of a Stray Dog and 10 Puppies

Maricopa Co ACC in AZ impounded this obviously pregnant dog as a stray on April 22, 2013. Records obtained via FOIA request indicate that four days later the pound’s vet cut out her uterus which contained 10 full term puppies, old enough to survive outside the womb.  These pups had a right to live.  Medical […]

The “Irresponsible Public” Seeks Justice for Dog Killed by Maricopa Co

A concerned shelter pet advocate contacted Maricopa Co Animal Care & Control in AZ last month regarding the photo posted online of a Chihuahua being held down with a chokepole.   This was the response received: On Sep 20, 2012, at 10:59 AM, Karen Dickey – ACSX <KDickey@mail.maricopa.gov> wrote: Thank you for your concern. Unfortunately, Maricopa County […]

Sorry Maricopa Co, Yes Photo

Dog ID #3203257 was impounded by Maricopa Co Animal Care & Control in AZ as a stray on September 15, 2012 at 3:40 pm.  The Chihuahua did not receive any vaccinations or flea treatment, nor was she weighed or even scanned for a microchip because according to her shelter records, she was “very aggressive”.  The […]

Maricopa Co Stands by its Kill Numbers

Note:  This post has been corrected.  The original incorrectly attributed the killing of Target to Maricopa Co instead of Pinal Co. Maricopa Co Animal Care and Control in AZ is Pinal County’s neighbor to the north.  Pinal Co recently oops-killed Sgt. Terry Young’s war hero dog Target.  Now, local rescue groups are speaking out about […]

Look What You’ve Done Now

“A man can fail many times, but he isn’t a failure until he begins to blame somebody else.” – John Burroughs   x

Treats on the Internets

The director of the long-troubled Maricopa Co pound in AZ is quitting his job on Friday.  Some shelter watchdogs believe the resignation is in response to the latest controversy plaguing the director:  a 22 year old lost dog who was killed upon impound and whose owner came in minutes later to reclaim her beloved pet. […]

The War on Cats: Arizona Edition

SB 1260 is currently awaiting the signature of Arizona Governor Doug Ducey.  If signed into law, the bill would eliminate the mandatory holding period for cats lacking “discernable identification” who are found outdoors and brought to a county pound.  Those cats, including lost pets whose owners are looking for them and friendly, socialized cats who […]