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Police remove 164 animals from North Valley boarding facility


PHOENIX – On the morning of February 15, Phoenix Police detectives served a search warrant on a pet boarding facility near 13th Avenue and Hatcher Road.  With the assistance of the Arizona Humane Society, detectives removed a total of 164 animals from the facility and transported them to receive an evaluation, and medical and rehabilitative care if needed. 

The owners of the business, 49-year-old Barbaraann Whitley and 52-year-old Glen Whitley, were both arrested and booked on one count each of neglect, failure to provide medical care, and hoarding.  Additional charges may be added by city prosecutors. Both are being held on a $500 bond.

The animals were kept in poor living conditions and many are in need of immediate medical attention, according to the Arizona Humane Society(AHS).

AHS is reaching out to the public for help and is asking for anyone with the means to adopt, foster, volunteer or donate. The shelter is desperately low on kennel space and resources to care for both the nearly 200 new pets, and the pets already boarded in its care.

The organization has stated that it would like to permanently place all its foster pets by February 18. For more information on adopting or how you can help visit

If anyone in the community needs to claim an animal that was being boarded at this facility, they will need to go to the City of Phoenix Courthouse at 300 West Washington Street, Courtroom 608, and request a hearing.  They will need to tell the court their animal was seized from the business.  If they have further questions, they may contact Detective Krimm at (602) 495-7293.