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  • Mobile Groomer? Faces Animal Cruelty Charges in Arizona

    http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/...tion/94745414/

    A total of 79 pets, some exotic, that had been living in "deplorable" conditions at an east Mesa home have been surrendered to the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office, according to the department.

    Among the pets were 36 dogs, 21 reptiles, 10 birds, eight spiders and four mammals, the Sheriff's Office said Friday.

    After serving a search warrant at the home on Wednesday, the Sheriff's Office initially said more than 40 animals had been taken into custody. It took two days for the department to release a full accounting.

    No arrests have been made in the animal-cruelty case as of Friday evening, but a Sheriff's Office statement indicated that "the individuals responsible could be facing up to 71 misdemeanor counts for failure to provide adequate food, shelter and water."

    A video posted to Sheriff Joe Arpaio's Facebook page says it shows footage from inside the home, where floors were smeared with feces and dogs large and small were kept in crates piled atop each other in several rooms.

    Public records identified the homeowner, who advertises her services online as a mobile dog groomer. A woman who answered the business line hung up Thursday when the caller identified themselves as a reporter. The Republic is not naming the homeowner because she hasn't been arrested or charged.

    The Sheriff's Office said the "unusual assortment of animals" is being cared for by inmates at the jail's no-kill shelter, and they will soon be up for adoption.

    Among the menagerie:

    1 vinegaroon
    11 boa constrictors
    3 ferrets
    1 turtle
    3 iguanas
    1 hedgehog
    5 bearded dragons
    1 blue skink
    10 birds
    7 tarantulas
    The five-lined skink, more commonly known as a blue skink, is a lizard that reaches up to eight-and-a-half inches in size, according to the Savannah River Ecology Laboratory. The lizard is native to Australia and most commonly found in Georgia and South Carolina. Its young are born with bright blue tails that lose color as they mature.

    Boa constrictors live 20 to 30 years and generally weigh more than 100 pounds, reaching an average length of 13 feet, according to National Geographic. The snakes are found naturally in South and Central America, living in hallowed logs and old burrows. Boas spend their lives independently and will eat anything they can wrap themselves around, quite literally. Boas only need to eat every couple of weeks, according to experts.

    The vinegaroon looks scorpion-like but is a unique type of arachnid, as noted on the San Diego Zoo's website. Commonly found in desert areas of the southern U.S., vinegaroons grow up to 3 inches long and discharge an acidic liquid to deter predators. Their diet consists of insects and worms.

    Hedgehogs became legal to own in Arizona about a year ago after the Arizona Game and Fish Department took them off the restricted wildlife list. They have the same diet as vinegaroons.

    One umbrella cockatoo was also found in the home. According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature, the bird is listed as endangered.
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