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Calls to Animal Crimes Hotline lead to investigation of animal cruelty case in New River


NEW RIVER – Sixteen neglected animals were removed from a New River ranch last week, and Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office Animal Crimes Unit is investigating this animal cruelty case.

MCSO issued a release and held a news conference on Sept. 28, stating that on Sept. 22, MCSO District 4 Deputies responded to citizen complaints alleging animal abuse at Remington Deaf Ranch, located on 31st Ave., in New River. At the scene, deputies found multiple animals in poor condition; MCSO Animal Crimes Unit obtained a search warrant, and entered the property on Sept. 25.

Investigators from the Animal Crimes Unit seized 16 neglected animals. Multiple horses, donkeys, and dogs were turned over to MCSO by their owner, Dan Remington, who reportedly told investigators that he didn’t have money for veterinary care. Currently, the investigation and medical reports are ongoing, MCSO said; charges are pending until medical reports are completed.

MCSO stated in the Sept. 28 news release that three teenagers, believed to be from Ethiopia, were also on the property and appeared to be working the property and attending to the animals. MCSO noted that there are unanswered questions as to how they came to reside at the ranch, which is not licensed with the state of Arizona, and MCSO immediately contacted the Arizona Department of Child Safety and that agency opened an inquiry into the welfare of the children. MCSO reported Monday that they have been informed by Arizona DCS that the children were removed from the home.

“Protecting our most vulnerable people is our highest priority,” said Sheriff Paul Penzone in the news release. “Thanks to tips from the public, our detectives intervened to assist these young men and stop a horrible situation of animal neglect.”

MCSO said that investigation in this case of animal cruelty also prompted the Department of Child Safety investigation in the property, as well as a Department of Agriculture investigation. MCSO thanked the concerned citizens who called in reports about this property to the Animal Crimes Hotline and encouraged anyone who sees animal neglect to call the hotline at (602) 876-1681. For a crime in progress, call 911.

“Caring people are making a difference and helping MCSO deal with situations like this,” said Sheriff Penzone. “We urge you to let us know whenever you see children and animals in trouble.”