Sheriff Joe Arpaio's "Desperate" to Find Home for Pitbull; If He Finds One, Let's Hope His Goons Don't Burn it Down
Sheriff Joe Arpaio
Sheriff Joe Arpaio is holding a press conference today in which he will seek a home for a pit bull named Queenie, which has been living in the Sheriff's Department's MASH Unit for about seven years.
Whenever we hear about America's self-proclaimed "toughest sheriff''s" soft spot for any animal that can't speak or file a lawsuit, we can't help but think back to another pooch from the sheriff's past, who had a home that the sheriff's goon squad burned to the ground with the dog inside.
In 2004, New Times featured a story titled Dog Day Afternoon about a raid gone wrong, when the sheriff's SWAT team stormed a house to serve a warrant to a 26-year-old man who had some outstanding traffic violations.
In the course of the raid, Joe's deputies fired teargas into the house, which arguably started a fire that burned it to the ground.
Arizona Coyotes vs. San Jose Sharks
TicketsSat., Sep. 23, 6:00pm
Arizona Cardinals Game Zone - 9/25 - Not A Game Ticket
TicketsMon., Sep. 25, 2:15pm
Arizona Cardinals vs. Dallas Cowboys
TicketsMon., Sep. 25, 5:30pm
Arizona Diamondbacks vs. San Francisco Giants
TicketsMon., Sep. 25, 6:40pm
WWE Smackdown Live
TicketsTue., Sep. 26, 4:45pm
As the house was burning, one of Joe's humanitarians drove a 10-month-old pit bull puppy -- trying to flee the burning building -- back into the inferno.
As the puppy burned, sheriff's deputies reportedly laughed at the animal's distraught owner, Andrea Barker.
But when it comes to press conferences, Joe's a dog lover, right?
"I can't understand why we haven't found her a home," Arpaio tells ABC 15 about Queenie. "I realize she's not a celebrity dog like those we confiscated from the rapper Earl Simmons, aka DMX. Those dogs were more easily adopted, but Queenie is a good dog who deserves a good home. I hate to think of her spending the rest of her life behind bars, even though it's true, she's never complained, issued a grievance, or filed a lawsuit."
That's only because she can't talk, Joe.
Arpaio's press conference isn't just for Queenie (or his ego), mind you. The sheriff says his puppy prisons are becoming over-crowded, and he wants to raise awareness and increase adoptions.
"I run a no-kill animal shelter, and I intend to keep it that way," Arpaio says.
Raids by his SWAT team, apparently, are another story.
Get the ICYMI: Today's Top Stories Newsletter Our daily newsletter delivers quick clicks to keep you in the know
Catch up on the day's news and stay informed with our daily digest of the most popular news, music, food and arts stories in Phoenix, delivered to your inbox Monday through Friday.