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Over 130 animals seized from Arizona property after dog had to be euthanized

The Pima County Sheriff's Department said they've seized several chickens, peacocks, dogs, and geese from a local property.

TUCSON, Ariz. — Officials in southern Arizona have recently seized over 130 animals from a property where investigators believe animal neglect was taking place.

On Aug. 24, the Pima County Sheriff's Department received a call from a citizen reporting suspicions of animal neglect taking place at a property south of Tucson. Deputies spoke to someone who had been asked to look after a dog from the property. 

The dog was in poor health and had to be taken to a veterinarian due to multiple infections. PCSD said the dog was later euthanized. 

Investigators later obtained a search warrant to inspect the property and found other animals that appeared to be in poor health. 

PCSD ended up seizing 128 chickens, three peacocks, three geese, three dogs, a cat, a finch, 177 incubated eggs, and three dead chickens.

The agency said 53-year-old Trista Tramposch and 53-year-old Anthony Nunez have been arrested on suspicion of animal cruelty. The investigation is ongoing.



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