AJ Resident Convicted of Animal Abuse

AJPD Animal Control began investigation into neglect over a year ago

By Robert McDaniel

An investigation that began over a year ago by Apache Junction Police Department Animal Control Officer KC Sheahan was adjudicated on February 8, 2018.

The premises at 1445 S. Ironwood were found to be uninhabitable, with 14 dogs, 4 cats and a bird living in contaminated and filthy conditions.

The investigation began when a dog belonging to a neighbor of Alysha M. Cox (24), 1445 S. Ironwood, was attacked by the Cox dogs while he was walking his dog. This incident led to an investigation of extreme animal neglect and cruelty of multiple animals at the Ironwood address. Located at the residence were 14 dogs, 4 cats and a bird living in contaminated and filthy conditions.

In January 2017, the owner was cited by Officer Sheahan for violations that included: dog at large, no dog licenses and no kennel permit. During the investigation, Officer Sheahan observed evidence of neglect and cruelty. A search warrant was obtained and, as a result, the residence and exterior were found to be uninhabitable. All the neglected animals at the residence were placed into foster care at the Paws and Claws Care Center pending the criminal case, where a total of 28 criminal charges were filed against the defendant, Ms. Cox.

During court proceedings, City Judge Richard Geiser awarded custody of all the animals from the residence to the city of Apache Junction, Paws and Claws Care Center, where each animal was placed with their forever home. On February 8, 2018, the defendant was found guilty of 24 counts of animal neglect and will be sentenced by the court.

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