PHOENIX — Maricopa County Sheriff’s officials say they’ve seized 16 neglected animals from a New River rehabilitation center for deaf youth.

They announced Thursday that horses, donkeys, and dogs living at the Remington Deaf Ranch were turned over to the sheriff’s office by their owner.

Neighbors had reported the situation to officials, saying the animals were living in deplorable conditions and didn’t have food or water.

Sheriff’s detectives say all of the horses were thin with rib, hip, and tail bones visibly protruding through the skin.

They also found dogs that were infested with ticks and showing symptoms of illness.

Sheriff’s officials say no arrests have been made at this time, but their investigation is ongoing.

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