UPDATE WITH PHOTOS: SPCA of Texas and Hunt County Constable Seize 222 Dogs, Cats
(HUNT COUNTY, TX/McKINNEY, TX); July 24, 2014-- Under the authority of the Hunt County Constable, the SPCA of Texas is seized 222 cruelly treated animals—166 dogs, 43 cats, 14 kittens and 13 puppies—on Wednesday, July 23 from a property in Wolfe City, TX. Of these animals, two kittens, one cat and one puppy were found deceased on the property.
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Many of the animals were being cruelly confined in kennels, pens and other enclosures outdoors and inside two buildings on the property. The animals were also suffering from medical neglect.
One un-air conditioned building contained 89 animals. Fifteen cats were found to be living in a three-level wire cage that was encrusted in feces. A deceased puppy was found in one feces-filled kennel, along with a second, living puppy. Dozens of dogs were found living in groups in several pens inside this building.
One air conditioned building contained 26 animals found to be living in various rooms and cages. There was a strong odor of ammonia inside this building.
More than 100 dogs were found living in groups in several feces-filled pens outside.
Many of the animals appear to be suffering from open wounds, eye discharge, nasal discharge, hair loss, open surgery incisions, matted hair, tick infestation, long nails and other issues. Some are underweight and some were missing eyes.
On July 16, Investigators from the SPCA of Texas and the Hunt County Constable visited the property to conduct an inspection as a part of an ongoing investigation spanning almost one year. The SPCA of Texas’ Investigator and the Hunt County Constable found the animals to be cruelly confined and medically neglected and determined that it was in the animals' best interest to obtain a warrant and remove the animals immediately.
SPCA of Texas vehicles transported the animals to the Perry Animal Care Center at 8411 Stacy Road in McKinney, TX 75070, where they will be examined by medical staff and cared for until the custody hearing.
The custody hearing will be held Thursday, July 31 at 2 p.m. located at the Hunt County Justice Center at 2801 Stuart Street in Greenville, TX, Judge Sheila Linden presiding.
If the SPCA of Texas is awarded final custody of the animals, they would be individually evaluated for potential adoption or placement on a case by case basis.
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The SPCA of Texas is the leading animal welfare agency in North Texas. The non-profit organization operates two shelters and three spay/neuter clinics located in Dallas and McKinney, and maintains a team of five animal cruelty investigators to respond to thousands of calls in eight North Texas counties. Moreover, the SPCA of Texas serves as an active resource center for an array of services that bring people and animals together to enrich each other's lives. The SPCA of Texas is not affiliated with any other entity and does not receive general operating funds from the City of Dallas, State of Texas, federal government or any other humane organization. The SPCA of Texas is dedicated to providing every animal exceptional care and a loving home.