GLENDALE, Ariz. – A woman was arrested after more than 50 dogs were found on a property in Glendale, police said.
Laurie Collins, 55, was booked on 49 counts of misdemeanor cruelty to animals and three counts of felony cruelty to animals.
Investigators were called out to the home on Wednesday afternoon. The dogs, most of them shepherd mixes, were discovered in the back yard when a constable came to help evict Collins who was living there. Police said there were 52 of them.
The animals were agitated and overheating, some fighting with one another. All were living without shelter or shade. They had food and water, but not enough according to the Arizona Humane Society.
“There were two dogs deceased in the back yard. One was being transported to the Arizona Humane Society’s trauma hospital and did die on the way,” said Bretta Nelson with the Arizona Humane Society.
Collins had initially left the home with three dogs in her car, but later came back and was taken into custody.
“Obviously, this is a sad, sad case. You never want to hear about animals that are living in this type of condition,” said Tiffany Smith, spokesperson for the Glendale Police Department. “It’s still summertime in Arizona, and to be leaving your pets outdoors with minimal food, water, shade, those are all things that we want to make sure that pet owners are aware of.”
The Arizona Humane Society says they have extensive history with Collins, but she is known to move around a lot
“Sadly, cases like this of hoarding, it is a mental condition. It is very difficult to get someone to work with you or to be agreeable to seeking help in these situations,” said Nelson.
Nelson says most of the dogs are fearful and have not been properly socialized with people, but she hopes they will eventually be adoptable.