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SPCA of Texas and Mabank Police Department Seize More Than 50 Animals
from a Puppy Mill in Mabank, TX

KAUFMAN COUNTY, TX; McKINNEY, TX); December 15, 2011 -- Under the authority of the Mabank Police Department, the SPCA of Texas seized 47 dogs, approximately four fish, one fat-tailed gecko, one California king snake and one gerbil on Thursday, December 15th from a puppy mill in Kaufman County near downtown Mabank, TX. The animals were cruelly confined and many were not receiving appropriate food, water or shelter. Two deceased dogs were found on the property.

Most of the dogs were living in their own waste inside pens outside the residence on the property. Both deceased dogs were found inside pens, one alone in a makeshift shelter and one in a pen that also contained a living dog. Some dogs were housed inside a shed in crates and small wire cages, one to four dogs inside each cage or crate. No food was observed on the property and the only water the dogs had to drink was rainwater that had collected in various containers strewn around the property. Some of the dogs are thin and some have eye discharge. A fat-tailed gecko, a California king snake, a gerbil and fish in four separate containers were found inside the residence.

Many of the dogs on the property were kept in pairs, one male and one female of the same breed, inside the pens. The animal owner stated that she had been selling the dogs but would not disclose where she was selling them.

Puppy mill owners breed dogs for the purpose of selling the puppies for a profit, and the living conditions of the dogs comes a distant second. If you suspect you've found a puppy mill, the SPCA of Texas encourages you to report inhumane conditions and animal neglect to your local law enforcement agency and to the SPCA of Texas at www.spca.org/knowpuppymills.

Earlier today, Mabank authorities had visited the property on an unrelated code compliance issue and observed the deceased dogs. The Mabank Police Department called the SPCA of Texas regarding the two deceased dogs. After observing the dogs' conditions, the SPCA of Texas' Chief Investigator Colby Grady and the Mabank Chief of Police Kyle McAfee agreed that the dogs needed to be removed immediately. The Mabank Police Department obtained a seizure warrant and the SPCA of Texas removed the animals and transported them to the SPCA of Texas' Perry Animal Care Center at 8411 Stacy Rd. in McKinney, TX, where they will be cared for until the custody hearing.

The custody hearing will be held on Tuesday, December 20th at 2 p.m. at the Kaufman County Justice of the Peace Pct. 4 Courthouse at 103 N. Main in Kemp, TX, Judge Johnny Adams presiding. 

To help support the SPCA of Texas and its efforts to help abused, neglected and homeless animals and to support the SPCA of Texas' other programs and services, please visit www.spca.org/helptheanimals. To learn more about the SPCA of Texas, please visit our website at www.spca.org.

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