Did you lose your pet in the vicinity of 79th Avenue and Baseline Road or near 33rd Avenue and Broadway Road?
If so, Maricopa County Sheriff Deputies would like to hear from you. On October 28, 2014, they raided the property of Luis Garcia, in Laveen, Arizona and discovered a horrific scene of animal abuse and neglect. It is suspected that Garcia has been operating a dog-fighting and cock-fighting ring on this property and the MCSO deputies found more than 90 animals on his property, located near 79th Avenue and Baseline.
Deputies are not sure where all the animals originated from, as Garcia has claimed that he “rescued” them, so they are asking that anyone who may have lost their pet near the property, at 79th Avenue and Baseline Road, or near his residence at 33rd Avenue and Broadway Road, to call the animal cruelty hotline at 602-876-1681 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. You are also asked to call if you have any information that can help them in their investigation.
Garcia is being held on suspicion of 40 counts of animal abuse – dogs, roosters, chickens and donkeys were found malnourished, starving, and showed signs of abuse, and one dog was found dead. Two horses collapsed when the deputies attempted to remove them.
MCSO was alerted to possible criminal activity by neighbors who noticed that multiple cars and people were coming and going from the property – something the deputies did find evidence of when they raided it; among other bits of evidence, they found small dogs chained up with heavy chains – an indication that these dogs were likely being used as “bait dogs” to train other dogs to fight. Sickeningly, Garcia admitted that sometimes he fed the dogs pizza scraps – if he had any. There are no residential buildings on the property, and the animals were living in horrific conditions – in cramped cages, with little-to-no food or water available.
Without the intervention of neighbors, likely Garcia’s disgusting and criminal animal abuse would have continued, and the suffering of the animals on his property would have gone on, unchecked – so if you “see something, say something” – it’s the only way these types of heinous people will ever be brought to justice. As a community, we must be the voice for our animals.
From the Phoenix Animal Care Coalition website:
To report animal abuse and neglect in Arizona:
- Sheriff’s Animal Cruelty Hotline 602.876.1681
- Radio Dispatch 602.876.1011
- Arizona Humane Society 602.997.7585 ext. 2073
- City of Mesa 480.644.2268
- City of Surprise 623.583.1085
- Equine Cruelty 623.326.9378
- Yavapai County Animal Cruelty Hotline 928.771.3595
Animal cruelty may be reported also to Silent Witness at 1-800-932-3232
Read more about reporting animal abuse here: http://pacc911.org/animal-cruelty-resources
Until we have the courage to recognize cruelty for what it is–whether its victim is human or animal–we cannot expect things to be much better in this world…” — Rachel Carson
If you would like to continue receiving the latest animal welfare-related news, tips and advice, please click the word “Subscribe,” near the top of the article. Follow along on Facebook and Twitter for more stories and updates.