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N4T Investigators: Serial Hoarding?

TUCSON – Some people are concerned a man is raising too many dogs after previously surrendering animals in 2013.

A man was being evicted, so rescue groups from all over Arizona cleared dogs from a Picture Rocks property in 2013. Now, the man lives in Three Points with dozens of dogs again.

Robert Gorman said the dogs frequently get on his property, and he believes they are a safety threat.

“I requested that some of these reports that I’ve documented in the past be pursued with citations,” Gorman said, “and again I kind of felt ignored.”

Gorman researched his neighbor and found a news report about the 2013 rescue.

“It disturbs me,” Gorman said. “I’m an animal lover. I’ve had dogs all my life.”

Nikki Reck is a spokesperson for Pima Animal Care Center. She said PACC can only make sure the animals have food, water, shade and shelter.

“State law doesn’t limit the amount of pets that you can own,” she said. “But if you are not providing them the care that they need, that’s when PACC can step in.”

PACC officers have repeatedly investigated complaints on the new property. They found healthy animals.

“We need evidence,” Reck said, “and sometimes it’s difficult because the issue is not happening by the time our officers wrap up their call and respond. So we encourage people to take video, pictures.”

Reck said some citations are still being considered.

PACC took 600 animals from overwhelmed caregivers last year. PACC is working with its advisory committee and the county attorney to propose rules that will help prevent these situations in the future.

Sam Salzwedel

Sam Salzwedel is an investigative reporter at News 4 Tucson – KVOA.

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