The Investigators

Jul 9, 2014 1:10 AM by Tom McNamara and Paul Birmingham

N4T Investigators: Reports of dogs being poisoned at Dogpatch

TUCSON - Dogpatch is an area located just south of the Tucson International airport. Over the past several years, it has been a place where people have dumped their unwanted pets.

Now, the News 4 Tucson Investigators have uncovered a new problem at Dogpatch: reports of dogs being poisoned.

Residents say they want to know if authorities doing everything they can to put an end to the problems at Dogpatch.

Volunteers with the rescue group Angels for Animals have been coming to Dogpatch for a number of years. In that time, they've been doing what they can to take care of the animals that are left to fend for themselves in the harsh environment that has claimed so many creature's lives.

"What we're ending up doing now is patrolling more inside the residents. Speaking to more residents. Trying to get the word out that there is a possible poisoning," says volunteer Nancy Maddry.

One Dogpatch resident, who doesn't want to be identified, tells the News 4 Tucson Investigators, he's not convinced that enough is being done to prevent more tragedies from happening in this area that's been called Tucson's killing fields.

"The detectives, essentially, other than seeming interested when I called, that's it. That's the beginning and the end of the contact with them," the resident says.

The News 4 Tucson Investigators also wanted to find out about what authorities are doing about the seemingly unending problem of the dumping of animals at Dogpatch.

"We're doing everything that we can. It is definitely a priority. Any animal crimes for me are always a priority. Our follow-up relies heavily on the information that we have to work with," said Pima County Sheriff Detective Robing Crehan.

The rescue group tells the News 4 Tucson Investigators, the apparent poisonings make the job of saving these animals all the more difficult.

This dog was reported to Pima Animal Care last Sunday, for a dead animal pick-up, it's not been picked-up, it's a week later," Maddry said.

"You know, somebody needs to feel the weight of, you know, the detectives down here. I think that's pretty much it. There's basically a lot of animal haters going on out here, in many forms, be it fighting, or just be it, you know, eliminating animals, or neglect," the resident said.

To the person that's doing this, I do not have a message for you out there, because you really would not want to hear what I have to say to you," Maddry said.

Detectives are asking anyone with information about what's happening in Dogpatch to call 9-1-1 or 8-8-Crime.

If you have something you'd like the News 4 Tucson Investigators to check out, send an email to, or call the News 4 Investigators tip-line at (520) 955-4444.


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