YUMA, Ariz. – The Yuma Police Department said a woman is facing several animal cruelty charges after police found several malnourished dogs at her home.
YPD served a search warrant in the 8700 Block of E. 26th Place Friday, April 10. Police say the search warrant was in reference to dogs not being fed sufficiently, untreated wounds, noise from the dogs fighting and the back yard containing a large amount of dog feces. Based on the condition of the animals and their environment, 34-year-old Elodia Villegas was arrested and charged with nineteen misdemeanor offenses, which are listed below:
- Eight Counts-Animal cruelty
- Four counts- Failure to license animals
- Four counts-Failure to vaccinate animals
- Animals disturbing the peace
- Failure to remove wastes
- Unsanitary Conditions.
Villegas was booked into Yuma County Jail and released without bail pending trial.
Four adult German Shepherds and five German Shepherd puppies were removed from the residence and taken to the Humane Society of Yuma where they are recovering with hopes of future adoption. “The Humane Society of Yuma is happy that we were able to help these dogs before their situation became worse. HSOY does not condone the actions of this owner and hope that this case will remind owners that we are here in the event they are unable to care for their pets. Owning animals come with many responsibilities; we encourage anyone interested in adopting or obtaining a new family member to consider all of the responsibilities. Pets rely on us to help them survive, it is a 10-14 year commitment, people must remember that when adopting, said Annette Lagunas, Executive Director of the Humane Society of Yuma.
The Yuma Police Department takes cases like this seriously and encourages the community to report instances of animal cruelty. Please call the Yuma Police Department at (928) 373-4700 with any questions or concerns.