Animal Cruelty

Event date: Tuesday, May 07, 2013, from 9:32 AM to 9:32 AM

Date: 05/06/13
Time: 10:00 am
Report #: 13-10530
Location: 8700 Block of E. Sage
Victim Info:
Suspect Data: Howard Mitchell, 70 yr old resident

On 05/06/13 at 10:00 am SPD was called by the Az Humane Society to check the welfare of animals at a home in the 8700 block of E. Sage. They had information that the homeowner was in the hospital having a medical procedure done and wasn't caring for his animals. Our officers arrived to find over a dozen turtles in the back yard and 5 of them dead. One dog and a dozen birds were found inside.
Officers smelled smoke coming from the inside and called SFD. Entry was made and the smoke was traced to a smoldering cleaning item next to a faulty microwave oven. This was removed from the home. Fire crews speculated that a fire likely would have taken place later in the day without intervention.
Since the subject in question will be in the hospital for an extended period we asked the Humane Society to take disposition of all animals. The homeowner may go through a process when he is able to re-acquire his pets.
Charges for multiple counts of Cruelty to Animals will be submitted on the homeowner.