MCSO holds pet adoption event for abused animals

MCSO holds pet adoption event for abused animals

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -

Sheriff Joe Arpaio may be known as being tough-as-nails, but he has a soft spot for animals.

The Maricopa County Sheriff's MASH program is helping find previously abused or abandoned animals new, loving homes.

"All the animals we have are all up for adoption," said MCSO Sgt. Lisa Mejia.

Harley-Davidson of Scottsdale was filled with dogs, but they're no ordinary canines.

"All the animals we get are all seized from their owners for neglect or cruelty reasons their owners are normally brought up on charges for the cruelty or neglect," said Mejia.

All the dogs are part of the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office MASH program.

The program was created in 2000 to give pets a safe, no-kill shelter until they can be rehabilitated and then adopted out to a loving family.

"We have sentenced female inmates who are taught by the detention officers and supervised by them to care for the animals on a daily basis...feed them, water them, socialize them," said Mejia.

One of the dogs brought in to the Harley dealership Saturday was already spoken for.

Harley employee Bill Brooks just had to take the little guy home.

"I just came over and was trying to spend some time with him and trying to get him to be a little bit more relaxed and I connected with him. I love him already," said Brooks.

That's the goal of the program: to give these dogs, who have gone through so much, a safe place to call home.

"I just wanted to make sure he was going to a good home and he's going to my home," said Brooks.

If you'd like to adopt an animal in the MCSO MASH Unit, visit www.mcso.org/mash.

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