Who, age What Where When Last Known Address
Jason Valenzuela, 27 improper care of 4 horses

Aguila, AZ

Maricopa County

January 31, 2014  
Marla Corinne Valenzuela, 51 improper care of 4 horses

Aguila, AZ

Maricopa County

February 13, 2014  
Type of Crime Other Crimes #/Type of animal(s) involved Case Status Next Court Date /Courthouse
    4 horses Alleged  

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio reports that his Animal Crimes detectives have arrested 27-year-old Jason Valenzuela (12/8/86) and charged him with
seven counts of Animal Cruelty over the improper care of four horses.

Photo courtesy of Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office Sheriff’s detectives executed a search warrant at Valenzuela’s home at 53418 N. Four Paugh Peak Rd in Aguila, 25 miles west of Wickenburg. Detectives seized the 4 horses after it was determined that those horses had been neglected and were in dire need of food and medical attention. Three of the horses had dental issues where their teeth had curled, which did not allow them to eat causing starvation, as well as additional medical issues that were not taken care of.

Photo courtesy of Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office The horses, once medically cleared, will be brought to Sheriff Arpaio’s jail for abused and neglected animals and will be cared for by Sheriff’s inmates from his Tent City.

In August, 2013, Maricopa County Sheriff’s Animal Crimes detectives started the investigation after receiving a tip through Sheriff Arpaio’s Animal Cruelty Hotline.

Detectives immediately visited the Valenzuela property and discovered the horses were in fair condition. Sheriff’s Detectives then advised Valenzuela how to properly care for the horses, and continued to check on the horses through the end of the year noting improvements.

On January 31st 2014 a Sheriff’s deputy visited the Valenzuela residence to check on the horses. The deputy noted that the horses were worse off than before and immediately notified Sheriff’s Animal Crimes detectives. Valenzuela was taken into custody at his home and booked at the 4th Avenue Jail on 7 counts of Animal Cruelty.

Update 2/13/14:
Another arrest has been made. Maricopa County Sheriff's have arrested 51-year-old Marla Corinne Valenzuela on suspicion of 7 counts of animal cruelty. Sheriff's officials say the arrest was delayed because she had been out of the country.

Photo courtesy of Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office

Neither Valenzuela have lawyers yet.

Reference: Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office