CASA GRANDE, Ariz. (KVOA) - Six dogs were found dead wrapped in towels and shirts on the hood of a car on Saturday in connection to an animal cruelty investigation in Casa Grande.
According to Casa Grande Police Department, Michael Anthony Mills and Lila Kaye Crawford were taken into custody after officers were dispatched to a residence in the 100 block of West Viola Street in reference to a civil-standby report.
CGPD said six dogs were initially found dead on the hood of the car. After further examination of the residence, the officers found another deceased canine in the dumpster behind the house and the skeletal remains of another dog outside the residence.
Despite Crawford initially telling the officers that she had "approximately 20 more dogs" inside her home, 90 dogs were found inside the approximate 700-square-foot home. CGPD said all the canines were heavily covered in feces.
After the dogs were voluntarily relinquished by Crawford, gathered by animal control and evaluated by a veterinarian, 28 of the 110 dogs found alive at the resident were in decent health. The remaining animals were determined to be "suffering from dehydration, hair loss, skin sores, and puncture/bite wounds."
The dogs have been since fed, watered and bathed and are currently recovering at the City of Casa Grande Animal Care and Adoption Center.
Mills and Crawford were charged with 59 counts of animal cruelty - neglect/abandonment, 59 counts of animal cruelty - failure to provide medical treatment, 59 counts of animal cruelty - infliction of physical injury, 59 counts of animal cruelty - reckless cruel mistreatment, eight counts of animal cruelty – neglect resulting in serious physical injury and eight counts of animal cruelty – intentional cruel mistreatment.
CGPD also said there were also numerous violations of City of Casa Grande City Codes in connection to the case.
The investigation is on-going.
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