- Associated Press - Saturday, October 5, 2019

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - Officials from the county animal shelter in Tucson, Arizona, say they have taken in 18 small dogs and 67 birds seized in a suspected animal hoarding case.

The animal cruelty division of the Pima County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the case that involved small dog breeds including Chihuahuas, dachshunds, terriers, some hairless mixes and a Maltese. Pima Animal Care Center spokeswoman Nikki Reck said Friday the dogs were in good condition.

She says the dogs and birds were taken from the same location. She didn’t have specifics about where they had been kept and didn’t know if anyone was arrested.

Reck says a veterinarian specializing in birds is examining the macaw, cockatiels and finches.

She says the shelter currently has about 1,600 animals that need homes.

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