A woman was arrested in Wittmann on suspicion of 14 counts of animal crueltyWednesday morning, officials said.

Charlene Scott, 56, was arrested in Wittmann on suspicion of 14 counts of animal cruelty. Officials went to her home after finding a 3- to 4-month old puppy in need of emergency medical treatment

The Animal Crimes Unit of the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office conducted a search warrant at the home of Charlene Scott, 56, after finding a 3- to 4-month old puppy in need of emergency medical treatment, according to Officer Christopher Hegstrom of the Sheriff’s Office.

In their search, deputies found one dead puppy and seized three adult female dogs, two adult male dogs and nine puppies, Hegstrom said.

He said the animals received medical attention after being taken from the home.

The Sheriff’s Office had been in contact with Scott about her animals since September, according to officials.

Police said she was negligent and that her animals had chronic tick infestations that caused hair loss and skin inflammation.

Scott had failed to treat her animals after police said they had given her recommendations over the past several months, according to Hegstrom.

Deputies said Scott showed an inability to properly care for her animals.

Wittmann is located about 35 miles northwest of Phoenix.
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