TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - Pima Animal Care Center and the Tucson Police Department intervened in an animal hoarding case Thursday afternoon.
TPD officers served a search warrant for the well-being of the animals at the condemned home near the intersection of Swan Road and Pima Street.
The call came in around 12 p.m. and when officers arrived, they found 26 cats, TPD Officer John Taylor said. The animals were taken to PACC for medical evaluation.
PACC and TPD stepped in because the homeowner didn’t have a place to put the animals.
Nikki Reck, a public information officer for PACC said, ideally, they hope to help people and pets before it becomes a hoarding situation.
“We want people to feel like they can reach out to us,” said Nikki Reck, PACC. “If you feel you have too many cats or too many dogs, and you want to get it under control, we’re here to help. We ask people to. Call out pet support center. It’s 724-PACC.”
Reck said PACC has seen seven hoarding cases so far this year. In 2018, there were 36 cases and 37 in 2019.
To be considered a hoarding case, there has to be more than 10 animals in one residence. PACC said the public can always help by fostering animals to make more kennel space at the shelter.
On Feb. 25, there will be a meeting open to the public in the PACC community room — experts and the public can talk about resources and ideas to help hoarders in southern Arizona.