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Animal cruelty suspects federally charged by BLM

TUCSON – The two people arrested in connection to the case where more than 56 pets were found in unsanitary conditions have been federally charged, U.S. Bureau of Land Management released Tuesday.

Last Wednesday, 43-year-old Andres Contreras and 32-year-old Joylynn Severns were taken into custody after the department received a report of individuals camping in a desert area near San Joaquin Road and Ajo Highway. The two were charged with animal cruelty and several pets were removed from a residence related to the overall investigation.

Andres Contreras and Joylynn Severns/ Pima County Sheriff’s Department

Pima Animal Care Center officials say the animals removed include 43 cats, five dogs and five turtles. One cat has been euthanized in connection to the case.

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According to PCSD, the Contreras and Severns were federally cited for littering and unauthorized use of public land.

“Dispersed camping is allowed in the area, however staying past the allowable amount of days is considered residential occupancy,” June Lowry, BLM public information officer said.

Pima Animal Care Center is in need of foster homes and adopters after the 53 animals were placed in their care. If you’re interested in adopting or fostering a pet, contact PACC by visiting webcms.pima.go or calling 520-724-5900.

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Anthony Victor Reyes

Anthony Victor Reyes

Anthony Victor Reyes is the lead digital content producer at News 4 Tucson. The award-winning journalist previously worked as a community reporter in Jasper County, Iowa.
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