TUCSON – Pima Animal Care Center has taken in 53 pets after they were found living in poor condition in a trailer, the shelter announced Thursday.
The rescued animals are currently being evaluated the PACC’s shelter’s clinic team.
PACC says the group of pets included 43 cats, five dogs and five turtles.
This case is still under investigation by Pima County Sheriff Department’s Animal Cruelty Division.
The shelter’s clinic team says that most of the cats are suffering from upper respiratory infections and some matted fur. However, many of the animals are still undergoing medical evaluation.
One cat, diagnosed with Calici virus, was humanely euthanized due to the advanced stage of the virus, according to PACC.
Meanwhile, officers are setting traps to make sure all animals in the trailer have been found.
“The conditions inside the trailer are poor. Officers noted a strong smell of urine and saw animal feces covering the floor,” PACC said. “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.”
At this time, the shelter is caring for 1,590 other animals. If you’re interested in adopting or fostering a pet, contact Pima Animal Care Center.