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Woman who abandoned dogs in desert arrested

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Jamie Rae Sheehan Jamie Rae Sheehan
MESA, Ariz. -

A woman who abandoned two dogs into the desert to fend for themselves was arrested, according to the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office.

"They were found abandoned.. someone was giving them food, water and finally one of our investigators went out and seized them," said Deputy Samantha Gort.

MCSO located 36-year-old Jamie Rae Sheehan by tracing a microchip in one of the dogs to her east Mesa home.

Sheehan admitted she had driven her two dogs into the desert at the end of March and left them with a small amount of food because she was moving to Minnesota. She said she couldn't take the dogs with her and didn't know what else to do, according to MCSO.

The dogs are now in the care of inmates in the Sheriff's MASH unit. They were rescued earlier this month when Susan Andre was riding her horse and found them. She had been caring for them by providing food and water for them every day.

"If you have an animal horse dog or cat or whatever, you should take care of it. This is not acceptable, not acceptable at all. I hope whoever owned these animals is punished," said Andre.

Deputies say they see too many of these cases.

"We have roughly 30 something dogs and 60 cats and they're all seized from animal cruelty cases, neglect, hoarding," said Gort.

But some of the animals are ready to be adopted, including these two pooches.  If you're interested in giving them a new home, call Maricopa County Animal Care and Control at 602-506-PETS (7387).

"They're very friendly, calm, they work great.. on a week and haven't had any problems with them," said Gort.

Sheehan was booked into the 4th Ave Jail on two counts of animal cruelty.

"With temperatures reaching above 100 degrees, it is cruel and inhumane to leave your animals outside to fend for themselves without food or water," Arpaio stated. "This person will be held responsible for this cruelty to these nice animals."

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