Monday, July 6, 2015
MCSO: 'Puppy mill' owner could face over 200 cruelty counts Anthony Marroquin, The Republic | azcentral.com
By: Anthony Marroquin, The Republic | azcentral.com
Wittmann woman whose home was raided last month as part of an animal-abuse investigation into a suspected puppy mill was arrested Monday afternoon following a routine court appearance.
Maricopa County sheriff's deputies said Colleen Jolley, 59, could face more than 200 animal-abuse and neglect charges stemming from the May 13 raid of her home near Grand Avenue and Crozier Road.
The potential charges include dozens of allegations for failure to provide shelter and medical care and seven allegations that Jolley failed to provide food for her animals.
Deputies served a search warrant at the home and seized nearly 100 animals, including 92 "designer" puppies that were being held in wooden crates at Jolley's home, according to the Sheriff's Office. The boxes had little room for air to reach the puppies, many of whom were kept with several other puppies and were found living in their own waste, the Sheriff's Office said.
Four of the animals died from a disease that veterinarians believe was parvo and another 11 animals remained ill weeks after they were seized, according to Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
Jolley was arrested Monday after she left an appearance in Hassayampa Justice Court.
The date of her next court appearance was not immediately available.