Possible Animal Hoarding Case Lead To 33 Dead Dogs In U-Haul

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Pharr Police have charged a woman accused of causing the deaths of 33 dogs with animal cruelty. 

According to Bond records with the Hidalgo County District Clerk’s office, Christina Arriaga, was released on May 9th, 2019 on a $30,000 bond. Earlier that day, Arriaga, according to a source close to the investigation, seen by a witness who called Pharr PD loading bags of Ice into a U-Haul truck. Frank Villarreal, supervisor for the City of Pharr’s Animal Control Department, confirmed to Local 23 News, 33 dogs were found deceased in the back of the U-Haul truck. “It is really sad,” said Villarreal. 

Villarreal confirms, he responded to a property at VIP Estates Apartments several times in reference to possible animal hoarding. “We had several appointments to get a hold of who lives there, and no one answered but we could hear the dogs barking” 

Animal control tried to reach someone at the property on Wednesday, but no one answered, and no dogs were heard barking either, “they probably didn’t want to pay the fines,” said Villarreal. 

“The call to PD from a gas station was at around 11 and they found the truck at 4,” said Villarreal also confirming the remains of the 33 dogs are being held as evidence. Only one dog survived and is currently being treated. 

A necropsy has been ordered to confirm a cause of death. 

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