Thursday, May 10, 2007

Arizona couple caged for animal cruelty, 100 animals seized, 13 monkeys

Two people are in custody after authorities raided a home in Wintersburg that housed more than 100 animals.

Maricopa County Sheriff's deputies Wednesday arrested Daniel Clendenen, 49, and wife Annette, 45, on suspicion of two counts each of felony child abuse and six counts of animal cruelty for failure to provide shelter, water and medical attention.

The couple's two children - ages 5 and 16 - also were removed from the home and put in the care of Child Protective Services.

Deputies and veterinarians removed horses, tortoises, dogs, chickens and 13 monkeys. Many of the animals suffered from malnourishment and lacked water, shelter and medical care, authorities said.

Deputy Lindsey Smith said seven complaints about the property had been filed in less than a year and that deputies had visited the residence to educate the owners about caring for the animals.

"It's one of the biggest (animal cruelty cases) we've had," Smith said.

The owners said they were operating a commercial boarding or grooming operation, but Smith said deputies found no evidence of an established business.

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