TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - Tucson Police along with Pima Animal Care Center rescued 57 cats and one dog Thursday night from a filthy home in Rita Ranch.
TPD arrested an adult resident of the home 50-year Kimberly McAndrews. She’s being charged with child abuse because there was a 15-year old child living in the home. Police identified the girl as McAndrews’ daughter.
Police were called to the home, near the 9400 block of E. Pale Blue Topaz, on Thursday to conduct a welfare check when neighbors became worried because they had not seen McAndrews in sometime.
Officers discovered the animals inside the home. There was no electricity and animal waste and trash were all over the floor. Litterboxes in the home were full of waste and there was no visible water left out for the pets.
The cats ranged in age from a few days old to around eight years old and PACC says they are suffering from upper respiratory infections.
The dog was found in the backyard also with no access to water. He had some matted fur, but otherwise was in good condition.
Neighbors said they had not idea what was going on inside the home because the woman kept to herself.
PACC says the animals will be eventually made available for adoption.
Currently, the shelter has 1,421 other animals in need of homes.
PACC took in 96 pets yesterday. On average, the shelter is taking in between 50-100 animals each day.
People can help by adopting or fostering existing pets. Those interested in fostering can stop by the shelter at 4000 N. Silverbell Road or send an email to PACC.email@example.com.
All pets adopted from PACC will come spayed or neutered, with age-appropriate vaccinations, a microchip and a free vet visit. A $19 licensing fee is applied to dogs.