YUMA, Ariz. – Five puppies and four adult German Shepherds were brought into the Humane Society of Yuma last Friday. The Yuma Police Department’s Animal Control Unit found the neglected and abused dogs, living in horrible conditions outside a Yuma home. Police arrested 34-year-old Elodia Villegas and say the environment for these animals was inhumane.
“There was a lot of feces in the yard, there was a smell, there was a lot of flies, the dogs were in various stages of emaciation,” said Leanne Worthen with the Yuma Police Department.
Because of the dogs’ conditions, Villegas faces 17 counts of misdemeanor offenses related to animal cruelty. There are indications on the bodies of the dogs that they were physically abused, but the humane society is working with these animals to make sure that they will be adoptable soon.