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800 dogs, 82 birds rescued from mobile home

Dog (animal)PetsHouse BuildingTucsonPima County

About 800 small dogs, including Chihuahuas, terriers and Pomeranians, were seized from a triple-wide mobile home whose occupants were overwhelmed trying to care for the animals, authorities said Wednesday.

Pima County sheriff's deputies and animal welfare officials who removed the dogs also found 82 caged parrots in the home northwest of Tucson.

Some dogs were pregnant and giving birth as they were taken to shelters, said Jenny Rose of the Humane Society of Southern Arizona.

"The home was definitely in very bad condition -- urine and feces all over the home. . . . That being said, [the dogs] were in pretty good shape," Rose said.

No charges have been filed, but a probe is continuing.

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