A Tempe woman has been sentenced to 30 days in jail and three years of probation for cruelty to animals.

Maricopa County prosecutors say 20-year-old Tiffany Fajardo was paid to care for six pets last October for one week while a family was out of town.

The family left written detailed instructions for the care of each animal including four older dogs.

On the last day, Fajardo contacted the family to let them know two of the dogs had died of unknown causes.

Prosecutors say when the family returned home, they noticed that none of the animals’ food had been given to them and the surviving dogs needed medical attention.

A veterinary examination of the deceased dogs actually showed they had died days before Fajardo notified the owners.

How to choose the right pet-boarding facility

  • Ask a friend, neighbor, veterinarian, animal shelter or dog trainer for a recommendation, and then do a background check on the facility.
  • After selecting a few kennels, make sure they can accommodate your pet for specific dates and handle any of the animal’s special needs.
  • Schedule a visit, and look for the following:
  • Does the facility look and smell clean?
  • Is there sufficient ventilation and light?
  • Is a comfortable temperature maintained?
  • Does the staff seem knowledgeable and caring?
  • Are pets required to be current on their vaccinations?
  • Does each dog have his own run and a schedule for exercise?
  • Are resting boards and bedding provided to allow dogs to rest off the concrete floor?
  • Are cats housed away from dogs?
  • How often are pets fed?
  • Can the owner bring a pet’s special food?

Source: Humane Society of the United States

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