PHOENIX — The Arizona Humane Society aided Tempe police in rescuing 31 chihuahuas from a house in dire condition on Thursday, officials said.
Animal cruelty investigators and behavior specialists removed the dogs, which ranged in age from one week old to eight years old, AHS said in a press release.
The chihuahuas are undergoing medical exams and testing for highly contagious diseases such as distemper.
Investigators said it was unknown for how long the dogs have been without air conditioning and were eating from a feces-covered floor.
The case is one of the more than 6,900 cases of suspect animal cruelty that animal cruelty investigators with AHS respond to each year, the release said.