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Joe Arpaio takes care of Maricopa County animal shelters and deports illegal aliens.  Arizona voters love him and dog owners want to “sic em” on Animal Rights Activists.  Well, all but one reader...


August 26, 2010 |  It is with great delight that we are able to present this slightly updated story to you again.  We are indebted to Jim Thompson, West Linn Oregon for the oh-so-polite threat demanding we remove the well seasoned story.  We were not aware that TheDogPress is so well respected that Snopes quoted extensively (without permission) from our coverage of Joe Arpaio but, we're flattered. First, the original story, then the update, followed by Mr. Thompson's email and the link to Snopes.


Barbara J. Andrews, Editor-In-Chief |March 2009 - Remember Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Phoenix Arizona, the guy who painted the jail cells pink, invented Tent City, and made the inmates wear pink prison garb?  We called to interview him last July but despite what you may think, he seeks no publicity and certainly, no self-promotion.  Like the fence-mending cowboy of the old west, he doesn’t call a committee when something needs fixin’.  Sheriff Joe just uses common sense, whatever tools are at hand, does his job, and rides on to the next problem. 


As editor, I share his values and with the country in worsening economic crises, Mexico in danger of collapse and drug gangs running murderous operations on both sides of the border, it seems like a good time to let readers know there are solutions to these problems.


SHERIFF JOE ARPAIO "VOTED" MOST POPULAR YEAR AFTER YEARThe rest of the country needs to know what Maricopa County residents know.  Find and elect a “Sheriff Joe” to your state’s House and Senate, and quickly, before it’s too late, send them to Washington!


We received an email that said SHERIFF JOE IS AT IT AGAIN!  We don’t know who sent it but a quick call to the sheriff's office verified most of what it said.


Maricopa County was spending approximately $18 million dollars a year on rounding up, housing and/or destroying stray cats and dogs. Sheriff Joe offered to take the department over and the County Supervisors said okay.  The animal shelters are now staffed with model prisoners who look forward to feeding and caring for the strays. Sheriff Joe has prisoners who are trained experts in animal nutrition and behavior. They give classes for anyone who'd like to adopt an animal.

The best part? According to the report, his budget for the entire department is now under $3 million. The writer said "Teresa and I adopted a Weimaraner from a Maricopa County shelter two years ago. He was neutered, and current on all shots, in great health, and even had a microchip inserted the day we got him. Cost us $78." 

(At that time, 2006 or 2007) "The prisoners get the benefit of about $0.28 an hour for working, but most would work for free, just to be out of their cells for the day. Most of his budget is for utilities, building maintenance, etc. He pays the prisoners out of the fees collected for adopted animals." 

"The rest of the country should take a look at the way he runs the jail system, and copy some of his ideas. He has a huge farm, donated to the county years ago, where inmates can work, and they grow most of their own fresh vegetables and food, doing all the work and harvesting by hand. 

"He has a pretty good sized hog farm, which provides meat, and fertilizer. It fertilizes the Christmas tree nursery, where prisoners work, and you can buy a living Christmas tree for $6 - $8 for the Holidays, and plant it later. We have six trees in our yard from the Prison."

The appreciative Maricopa County family notes "Yup, he was reelected last year with 83% of the vote."

But now the sheriff is in trouble with the ACLU - again. He painted all his buses and vehicles with a mural that has a special hotline phone number painted on it, where you can call and report suspected illegal aliens. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement wasn't doing enough in his eyes, so he had 40 deputies trained specifically for enforcing immigration laws, started up his hotline, and bought 4 new buses just for hauling folks back to the border. He's a 'Git-R Dun' kind of Sheriff. 

Maybe there is a reason Joe Arpaio has been reelected as Maricopa Arizona Sheriff for nearly two decades!  Actually, there might be a whole pile of reasons: Sheriff Joe Arpaio  created the “Tent City Jail.”  He has jail meals down to 40 cents a serving and charges the inmates for them.  He stopped smoking and porno magazines in the jails. Took away their weights, cut off all but 'G' movies. 

He started chain gangs so the inmates could do free work on county and city projects.  Then he started Chain Gangs For Women so he wouldn't get sued for discrimination.

He took away cable TV until he found out there was A Federal Court Order that required cable TV for jails so he hooked up the cable TV again but only let in the Disney Channel and The Weather Channel.  When asked why the weather channel he replied “So they will know how hot it’s gonna be while they are working on my chain gangs.” 

He cut off coffee since it has zero nutritional value.  When the inmates complained, he told them, 'This Isn't The Ritz/Carlton......If you don't like it, don't come back.'  (
see Snopes for the real reason he stopped hot coffee)

Joe Arpaio makes his prisoners eat bologna sandwiches.  He is not sympathetic to complaints. He tells inmates: 'It's 120 Degrees in Iraq and our Soldiers are living in tents too.  And they have to wear full battle gear.  But they didn’t commit any crimes, so shut your mouths.’

Way To Go, Sheriff!


In 2009, we received word that Sheriff Joe was under investigation by the new administration's Justice Department for alleged discrimination.  It seems he arrests illegal immigrants and deports them or turns them over to ICE.  We discovered that Phoenix has the highest kidnapping rate of any U.S. city and Mexican police risk their lives along with our Border Patrol.  The new Mexican President has been forced to call in federal troops to deal with gun battles in the streets.


With all this going on, Joe Arpaio is investigated for trying to protect his constituents from the highest profile criminal element in Texas and Arizona?  By the U.S. Dept. Of Justice?  How just is that?  If it weren't an ironic truth, it would be a joke.   Ironically, our government launches yet another investigation which will tie the Sheriff and his staff up in paperwork and prevent him from doing the job Arizona citizens depend on him to do.  The DOJ can't ignore complaints but on the other hand, it should be too busy dishing out JUSTICE to criminals to have time to harass U.S. Peace Officers. 


Update August 2010: As everyone knows, kidnappings, murders, drug dealing, and illegal immigration have escalated.  Maricopa County residents and Sheriff Joe are literally under attack by drug cartels - and the Federal Government!  Arizona's Governor is currently being sued by the Obama administration for enforcing the federal law that has been unenforced since the Bush administration.  Votes count, no matter where they come from. 


During these troubled times, we received this email which says:

"The story as posted on your website is almost entirely false and best misleading.   Please remove the posted story as soon as possible.
My next action will be a simple one.. to contact your advertisers one by one and begin an email campaign.
As a dog owner, a supporter of the local Oregon Humane Society Animal Shelter I am appalled that your website would post what amounts to a Electronic Chain Mail that is (1) Political and(2) false.
Not sure which is worse.. just because someone writes a fake story to promote their political agenda and bigoted views includes a fake story about the care of dogs.. doesn’t mean you should post it without verifying the facts beforehand. 

Be sure to read the entire article.. the update regarding the section of your posted story is more than half way down.  Do everyone a favor.. and remove this pleasee

Thank you

Jim Thompson, West Linn Oregon


By all means, read the Snopes coverage.  We have little regard for their accuracy and political position but we thank Snopes for verifying all that Mr. Thompson refutes!  If you care to weigh in, send your Letter To The Editor for the next edition.



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