MESA – The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office said 53 dogs were removed from an animal shelter in Mesa.
The investigation was launched after a woman who was picking up her dogs at Shelter Paws came forward. She noticed emaciated animals being kept in crates, according to MCSO.
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Posted by Maricopa County Sheriff's Office on Friday, October 5, 2018
A search warrant was issued and deputies said they found several malnourished and confined dogs at the shelter. They also said there were feces in the animal’s crates.
MCSO said one dog died after being transported for emergency veterinary care.
The other 52 dogs were taken to the MCSO Animal Safe Haven.
“It’s heartbreaking to see animals in this condition,” said Sheriff Paul Penzone. “Our investigators will seek charges as appropriate in this case.”
The shelter owner, Domenic Anthony Asprella, could face animal abuse charges.