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Law Enforcement Take More Dogs And A Pig From A Prescott Home

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A follow up investigation by Prescott Police from a matter in early June involving animal hoarding has led to an arrest. An officer went to a home in the 700-block of Prescott Heights Drive on complaints of barking dogs and strong odors of feces coming from the property back on June 4th. After talking with the owners, they told the officer there were overwhelmed by the amount of dogs they had on the property and wanted to surrender a portion of them. A total of 62 small breed dogs were rescued from the property at the time and were taken to the Yavapai Humane Society. Last Thursday, officers went back to the home with a search warrant. The owner was home at the time and was cooperative. This time, authorities found 72 dogs and one potbellied pig. The ages of the dogs ranged from ten days old to around 17 years old. One dog had to be euthanized and another dog had to have a leg amputated. While officers were at the home, the daughter of the owner sped into the driveway, endangering officers at the scene. Police say 47-year-old Joanna Riggle was arrested and booked into the Yavapai County Jail on felony endangerment and animal cruelty charges. Charges against the homeowner are pending. A total of 158 animals have been taken from the home since June.