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Man's Best Friend

By Ben Cable

February 06, 2010 – Phoenix, Arizona (Cable Muse Network, LLC) – Raul Valle, 77 years old, lived in a middle-class Phoenix neighborhood; a modest one story residence. Raul shared his home with his family of almost two dozen Chihuahuas. Valle was not a breeder; he was not selling his puppies for profit but the pets were an integral part of his life. Early this week, the son of Raul Valle contacted the Phoenix Police Department because he had been unable to reach his father who was not answering the door. According to Sergeant Trent Crump of the Phoenix Police Department Mr. Raul Valle’s body was discovered and preliminary findings indicated he had passed away days earlier.  

Natural deaths of elderly persons usually go unreported by traditional media mused Sergeant Trent Crump of the Phoenix Police Department; however he speculated to what made this story of some significance was the number of Chihuahuas found at the residence.

The Arizona Humane Society's Emergency Animal Medical Technicians (TM) (EAMTs) responded to the call for assistance from the Phoenix Police Department. Upon arrival, they found a total 22 Chihuahuas of which eight were dead on arrival according to Stacie DaBolt, field operations manager for AHS. "We found 14 dogs, [which] were starving and three of them were several emaciated." The condition inside the home was confirmed by Sergeant Crump as “gruesome.”

In response to questions posed to the Phoenix police department, “How many pets may a owner have in a single family dwelling“, was deferred to animal control. Kim Searles of the Arizona Humane Society stated, “The City of Phoenix does not have specific laws regarding the number of animals an individual can own; however, county law requires that persons owning more than six animals to obtain a kennel license from Maricopa County Animal Care and Control.”

Stacie DaBolt said, "In interviews with family members, the deceased and his wife had always owned Chihuahuas and did not have them spayed or neutered." The surviving Chihuahuas need a home fitting of Mr. Raul Valle's love and dedication. In a CMN email interview yesterday DaBolt stated, "The Chihuahuas are doing well. In the past 48 hours, they have become more social and are seeking attention."

In need of loving homes, the dogs will be available today at noon, Saturday, February 6, 2010 at the AHS Nina Mason Pulliam Campus for Compassion (1521 W. Dobbins Rd., Phoenix 85041). Because of the overwhelming response from the public, AHS will hold a lottery-style drawing to give everyone a fair chance for adopting [these] dogs.

CMN “Communitary” (Ben Cable): As our human population continues to grow so does the homeless population of our “best friends". Despite our best intentions as caretakers, rejecting the responsible approach of not spaying or neutering our pets, we let down the animals we love so dearly. Spay or neuter your pet today or speak with your vet if you have any concerns. You may be surprised on the benefits a simple procedure has on the health and longevity of the life of the one you love!

The Arizona Humane Society cares for 45,000 animals annually.

Cable Muse Network LLC is a proud supporter of Spay Day February 23!

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