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20 dogs from hoarding house up for adoption at PACC

Posted at 7:05 PM, Sep 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-08 22:05:26-04

Today, 16 out of the 20 dogs available for adoption from the hoarding house incident were taken home with new owners. On Sunday, the Pima County Animal Care Center took in 40 dogs from a hoarding house. 

PACC's executive director of operations Jose Ocano explained there isn't a magic number when it comes to animal hoarding. Instead, it's more about the way the animals are cared for.

""There are people that have 20 or 30 animals and take really well care of them," Ocano said. "So, it really comes down to, are the animals getting the care that they need."

In this instance -- the owner couldn't care for the 40 dogs -- so with the help of neighbors and PACC, she turned them over and cooperated with the center.

Ocano also went on to say that animal hoarding can have a serious effect on the humans too.

"We've seen hoarding situations where just the living conditions for the people become really inhumane," he said. "And especially for the animals. They don't get the care they need. So it becomes problematic for both."

Carol Kenny heard about what was going on, so she came straight to PACC to adopt one of the dogs. 

She named him "Dude."

"They need somebody to love them, take care of them, and show them that people are not all bad," Kenny said. "They need to be loved. And I can do that."