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MCSO investigating 'large' animal abuse case in Mesa

Posted at 12:06 PM, Nov 30, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-01 19:21:07-05

MESA, Ariz. (KNXV) - The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office is looking into a animal abuse case in east Mesa.

The investigation took place at a home near Hawes Road and Southern Avenue on Wednesday.

Maricopa County sheriffs office on scene of a large animal abuse case in east Mesa. 8510 East Emelita. Sheriff Arpaio is enroute.

— Chris Hegstrom (@MCSOChris) November 30, 2016

According to authorities, the homeowners surrendered 40 animals. The animals included 15 breeds of dogs, birds, lizards, hedgehogs, spiders and snakes.

Based on a veterinarian's report, charges could be expected against the three adults who live at the house. 

Investigators suspect that the owners were planning on selling the animals.

The home was covered in feces and garbage, a MCSO spokesperson said. Additionally, many of the animals appeared  to have been malnourished. 

The names of the homeowners haven't been released and an investigation is ongoing.