The San Diego County District Attorney’s Office yesterday announced that an elderly couple who hoarded more than 180 Yorkie mix-breed dogs in unsanitary conditions in their Poway home and at other locations, have been arrested on multiple accounts of animal abuse.
“The shocking condition and sheer number of animals in the defendants’ home make this a particularly disturbing case of animal abuse,” said District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis.
“Hoarding is a mental illness and we have compassion for individuals who suffer from the disease,” said Stephen MacKinnon, Chief of Humane Law Enforcement for San Diego Humane Society. “When they reach out to us for help and are cooperative, our priority is to get the animals to safety and get the individuals the help they need. In this instance, when we discovered the owners were withholding animals and interfering with an active investigation, it became intentional animal cruelty so criminal charges needed to be pursued.
“We’re grateful for the support of the District Attorney’s office and to be in a community that doesn’t tolerate animal cruelty or neglect.”
In the coming days, the dogs will be spayed and neutered and receive medical treatment and behavior assessments.