Bill Montgomery Lowers Expectations on Charging Decision in Green Acre Dog Deaths, Ticks Off Sheriff Arpaio

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Bill Montgomery, Maricopa County Attorney: "We're not talking about the deaths of 23 children."
Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery lowered expectations for charges in the Green Acre dog-death case this week, sparking a brief tiff with Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

A Republican elected in 2010 and 2012 with Arpaio's support, Montgomery apparently sounded too uppity for the sheriff in a news conference on Wednesday and in online comments.

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Phoenix Dog Attack Leaves Elderly Woman in Critical Condition


An elderly woman was attacked by five dogs at Phoenix's Barrios Unidos Park park early yesterday morning, police say.

The woman remains in extremely critical condition at a nearby hospital.

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Cockfighting Operation Busted in South Phoenix; 132 Roosters and Hens Seized

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Two men have been arrested in connection with cockfights taking place in the backyard of their home near Seventh Street and Southern Avenue.

Ademir Avalos, 20, and his brother, Jesus, 24, face three counts each of animal cruelty, according to Phoenix police.

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Phoenix Man Hacked Off a Puppy's Ears with a Box Cutter

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A guy who offered to "crop" the ears of a dog-owner's pit bull ended up hacking off the puppy's entire ear flaps with scissors and a box cutter, police say.

Police haven't been able to identify the man, but a reward of up to $1,000 is being offered.

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10 Grossest Bestiality Cases in Arizona

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There seems to be an especially high number of people who get caught having sex with animals in Arizona.

Just earlier this week, when authorities said a man who was just recently jailed for allegedly branding his initials into his girlfriend's vagina had been re-arrested for allegedly having sex with a dog, we were only a little surprised.

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Cat-Lovers Protest Outside Home of Accused Cat-Murderer

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Actual sign taped to light pole in Mesa last year.

If Scott Graham is responsible for all the missing cats in a Mesa neighborhood, then it's safe to say that he messed the wrong people's cats.

Now that Graham was sentenced to house arrest in the case -- which involved the murders of up to 40 cats -- people are protesting outside his home.

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Bradley Oliver Abandoned Cats in Apartment, Cops Say; One Found Dead in Kitchen Drawer

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That's a cat.

A Tempe man abandoned an apartment full of cats last month, according to the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office.

Almost all of the cats somehow survived without food, water, or air conditioning, but all of them didn't make it -- one cat was found dead in a kitchen drawer.

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Darnell Dockett's Pet-Tiger Story Unraveling? Cub's Supposed "Mom" Is a Dude

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Darnell Dockett's alleged tiger.

If Arizona Cardinals defensive lineman Darnell Dockett actually bought a tiger cub, then he might be interested in knowing that the "mother" of that cub is a male.

Dockett has claimed that he did buy a tiger cub, although it's been hard to tell whether he actually did or he's just jerkin' on our jockstraps. Now, it looks like at least part of Dockett's tale is fiction, and we wouldn't be surprised if the entire thing was just made up.

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Pinal County Animal Welfare Workers Search for Owner of Abused and Abandoned Dog

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Injured dog abandoned at Florence shelter
Over the weekend, someone dropped off a dog at a Florence animal shelter with a chain-link collar wrapped so tight, and for so long, around the dog's neck that its skin was growing around the metal.

The dog will stay in a foster home until she heals up, and then will likely be put up for adoption.

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Darnell Dockett's Tiger Purchase Being Investigated by Animal-Rights Activists

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Darnell Dockett's alleged tiger.

Animal-rights activists are blowing the whistle on Arizona Cardinals defensive lineman Darnell Dockett, who claims he recently purchased a pet tiger.

The Animal Rights Foundation of Florida informed us about a few potential issues with Dockett's purchase, including some laws about tiger ownership.

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