Today: Jul 14 , 2020

2 Arrested in Case of Extreme Animal Cruelty

The injured dog required amputation of his back left leg.

On October 28, 2019, the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office received an anonymous call reporting an injured dog with a nearly detached leg in the 200 block of Lindahl, Bagdad. When the YCSO deputy arrived, the deputy found the dog and saw that the left rear leg was essentially not attached, connected only by a portion of flesh. The deputy noted that a large bone was exposed and covered in blood. While tending to the dog, 28-year-old Maria Hooke and 21-year-old June Stevens came out of their house and confirmed ownership. They indicated the dog was a pure bred Husky named ‘Sister,’ and less than a year old.

The deputy asked Maria to explain how the dog was injured. She stated the dog was leashed inside a kennel to prevent escape while they were gone for 3 days. Note- The 3-day trip was over 2 weeks before the Sheriff’s Office received the October 28th call about the dog. After returning home, they found the dog entangled in the leash resulting in the injured leg. They used wire cutters to free the dog. During the past 2 weeks, the dog’s injury became progressively worse.

‘Sister’ when found – injury not shownMaria ‘intended’ to get the dog treated this coming weekend after getting paid. She claimed previously calling a Prescott area vet to try and make an appointment, a local Bagdad Vet, and the Sheriff’s Office, but the deputy reported these claims are unfounded.

Based on Maria and June’s complete and reckless disregard for the dog’s well-being while subjecting the animal to cruelty and neglect under their control, both were arrested and charged with various counts Animal Cruelty, including 1 felony count of Animal Cruelty resulting in serious physical injury. They were booked into the Camp Verde Detention Center and have since been released pending case review.

YCSO Animal Control Officers transported the dog to Prescott Pet Emergency clinic. The leg was septic, and literally falling off. As a result of the injury, the damaged limb was amputated at the hip. The procedure was completed by the Yavapai Humane Society veterinarian. Officers noted that YHS has proved to be an excellent resource and partner for this and other issues.

As of today, the Animal Control Office reports that ‘Sister’ is doing well. Since the suspects have signed a surrender waiver, the dog is in the custody and ownership of Human Society Staff for ongoing care pending the potential of adoption soon.

Citizens can contact the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office with information or questions at 928-771-3260 or the YCSO website:


Dwight DEvelyn, YCSO Media Relations Coordinator

Dwight D'Evelyn, YCSO Media Coordinator