KINGMAN - A call from a friend requesting a welfare check resulted in the seizure and subsequent euthanization of 27 dogs found at a Golden Valley residence Thursday.
Deputies with the Mohave County Sheriff's Office went out to the residence in the 3500 block of Flint Road Thursday morning to check on the welfare of 70-year-old Vernon Victor Williams but found a different situation all-together, according to Sheriff's Office spokesperson Trish Carter.
Deputies obtained a search warrant that allowed them and animal control officers to enter the property and check the welfare of more than 20 dogs that were observed chained in the yard when they went to do the initial welfare check.
Several more dogs were found inside a travel trailer, bus and mobile home on the 2-acre unfenced property, Carter said.
A number of doghouses in the yard were chewed on, which Carter said could be a sign they were not provided with adequate food.
Animal control officers seized 27 dogs that were determined to be in poor health. They were transported to Western Arizona Humane Society, where they were euthanized because of their condition.
Four dogs were allowed to stay on the property because they were in better health.
Carter said all but one of the dogs were yellow lab mixes. Williams allegedly told deputies he had so many dogs because "they kept having puppies."
He was arrested and charged with four misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty and a zoning violation for possessing more than four animals at a single residence.