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Two Dogs Dead After Arizona Dog Sitter Neglected to Feed & Water for a Week

Tiffany Andrea Fajardo. Via Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office.

A Gilbert, Arizona returned home to find two of their four dogs dead after a Tempe dog sitter they hired failed to feed the animals for almost a week.

The Arizona family left their four dogs, two Airedale Terriers named Sampson and Piper, a Chihuahua named Waffles, and a Schnauzer named Darwin, under the care of Tempe student Tiffany Fajaro from October 8 through October 15 while they were out of town and Fajaro was on break from school.

The family left detailed feeding and medicine instructions along with payment for dog sitting at their home when they left. When they returned on October 15, they found two of their dogs, Sampson and Piper, dead inside their kennels. The remaining two dogs were rushed to a veterinarian to be treated for malnutrition and severe dehydration.

According to the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, Fajaro visited the dogs’ home early in the week to collect her payment, but did not return again until October 15. For almost a full week, the dogs were not given food, water, or let out of their kennels. By the time she returned, two of the family’s dogs had already died.

Fajardo told police that she “forgot” about the dogs and didn’t have a car.

The 19-year old student was arrested and charged with 4 counts of animal cruelty.

 

14 Comments

14 Comments

  1. Robin

    Mar 2, 2017 at 9:40 pm

    She 'forgot'???? At her age??? Better check to see if there is a brain in there! What a waste. Another non-contributing member of society.

  2. Frances

    Feb 13, 2017 at 3:05 pm

    I am a pet sitter and stories like this make me sick. I take my responsibility very seriously.
    I am the person responsible for the animals while the pet parents are away, I try very had to always do my best for the animals. My own animals are my "children" and to me this is just like caring for someone children. I even have plans set with the owners in case of bad weather when it may not be physically possible to get there, so the animals will be cared for no matter what.

  3. T.A

    Feb 12, 2017 at 11:50 pm

    GREAT JOB PARENTS…THEY SURE KNOW HOW TO GRAB THE MONEY, AND LITTLE ELSE. THANKS FOR BRINGING MORE WORTHLESS HUMANS INTO THE WORLD…FOOLS!

  4. GREG C.

    Feb 11, 2017 at 10:03 pm

    THIS IS JUST A HORRIBLE NIGHTMARE,TO DO THAT TO HELPLESS PETS WHO ONLY WANT TO LOVE AND BE LOVED IS A SHAME.MY HEART GOES OUT TO EVERYONE WHO SUFFERED THIS LOSS AND HOPE SHE GETS YEARS IN JAIL EVEN THOUGH I KNOW IT'S NOT GOING TO HAPPEN.

  5. Kathleen Carlin

    Feb 11, 2017 at 8:14 am

    She deserves nothing but the same treatment

  6. Victoria Lynn

    Feb 11, 2017 at 12:09 am

    If the furbabies can't go, Mommie doesn't go…that's the word with a bark on it…I hope the person responsible does not slip out of it…

  7. colleen

    Feb 10, 2017 at 6:53 pm

    she didnt forget, was too lazy, got her money she must have had transport when she picked that up… POS HOPE SHE ROTS

  8. Pamela Daccolti

    Feb 9, 2017 at 9:33 pm

    I'm so sorry for your loss and hopes the evil creep gets what she deserves with no excuses accepted. I don't mean for my anger to override my sympathies for you all. Blest wishes to you all.

  9. Eileen Sedlacek

    Feb 8, 2017 at 6:11 pm

    What a NIGHTMARE!!!!!! Poor poor parents of the dogs…heartbreaking. Hope the peraon responsible gets jail time!!! I'm sorry for you….dear pet owner….:-(

  10. margebright

    Feb 8, 2017 at 5:36 pm

    This nightmare is why I put my dogs in a kennel. I don't want them dependent on one person. Which reminds me of another nightmare: people who live alone with animals should think about what happens in an emergency. I once knew a farmer who lived very much alone and when he suddenly collapsed and died, his animals suffered until they were found.

  11. Human

    Feb 8, 2017 at 2:02 pm

    I hope she rots in jail.

    • Vicki

      Feb 9, 2017 at 7:46 pm

      I do too…what a POS…she didn't forget…she sure didn't forget to collect her money.

  12. BellaDonna

    Feb 8, 2017 at 1:51 pm

    If my family or good friend of 40 years can't watch my JuJi, I stay home. I don't have kids and yes I think of my JuJi as my son.

    I'd never board my baby, no dog day care.

    • Starscreeam

      Feb 9, 2017 at 1:14 pm

      I'm with you…if my daughter can't dog sit, I don't go. I don't trust boarding facilities cause I've seen/heard too many horror stories, and doggie day care is just a baaaad idea from the get go.

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