Who, age What Where When Last Known Address
Skyler Kelton, 32 neglect of 7 pups, 1 adult dog

Surprise, AZ

Maricopa County

April 11, 2014  
Type of Crime Other Crimes #/Type of animal(s) involved Case Status Next Court Date /Courthouse
    1 adult dog, 7 pups Alleged  

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio reports that his Animal Crimes detectives have arrested 32-year old Skyler Kelton of Surprise and charged him with 16 counts of Animal Cruelty over the improper care of eight dogs (seven puppies, and one female adult).

Photo's courtesy of the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office Sheriff’s detectives arrested Kelton at his home at 16918 W. Barwick Dr. in Surprise. Detectives seized the eight animals after it was determined that they had been neglected and were in dire need of food and water along with medical attention. The dogs were underweight and dehydrated and veterinarians stated the animals would have died if the neighbors and the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office had not intervened

The dogs, after being medically cleared, were brought to Sheriff Arpaio’s jail for abused and neglected animals and will be cared for by Sheriff’s inmates.

Photo's courtesy of the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office

Maricopa County Sheriff’s Animal Crimes detectives started the investigation a couple months ago after receiving a tip of the neglect through Sheriff Arpaio’s Animal Cruelty Hotline.

Detectives immediately visited Kelton’s property and discovered the dogs were underweight and attempted to work with Kelton to correct the issue. After more than a couple months, the issue was not addressed and the dogs were seized.

Update 4/12/14:
Kelton was charged with 16 counts of animal cruelty after Sheriff's detectives determined his seven puppies and one female dog were underweight and dehydrated, the report said.

Veterinarians said the dogs would have died if Kelton's neighbors and the Sheriff's office had not intervened.


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