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Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s MASH unit

In Adoption, Protection and Safety by Linda2 Comments

The building that houses the MASH unit sits unobtrusively across the walkway from the Federal Courthouse at First Avenue and Madison, in the former First Avenue jailhouse. First opened in 1962, the First Avenue jail was in use until the end of 1999 when it was shut down, since it was considered undesirable and uninhabitable for humans.

Around that same time, Sheriff Joe formed a special posse for the sole purpose of investigating animal cruelty. He knew the old, empty jail would be just right for confiscated animals, and the MASH unit was born!