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SPCA of Texas Seizes 156 Cruelly Treated Animals from Balch Springs Home


Before a custody hearing on September 4, 2015, at the Justice of the Peace, Pct. 1, Pl. 2 court in Lancaster, TX, an agreement was reached between the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office, the SPCA of Texas and the animal owner, signed by Judge Valencia Nash, for the animal owner to relinquish ownership of 154 animals to the SPCA of Texas. The animal owner waived her right to an appeal, and now the SPCA of Texas will continue to treat the animals for their various health conditions and will begin the process of evaluating the animals for placement or adoption on a case by case basis.

After a separate hearing, held on Tuesday, September 8 at 11 a.m. at the same courthouse, Judge Nash awarded custody of two additional dogs seized the same day as the others.

August 26, 2015, under the authority of the Balch Springs Police Department and the Dallas County District Attorney's Office's Animal Cruelty Unit, the SPCA of Texas took custody of 156 cruelly treated animals from a property in Balch Springs. The animals included 108 cats (five of which are deceased), 40 dogs, three doves, two chickens, one finch, one deceased parakeet and one guinea pig. Dozens more deceased animals were found on the property, however, their bodies were so badly decomposed that it was not possible to remove them. It was previously reported that the siezure included 155 anilmals, however, a litter of kittens was mis-counted the day of the siezure and the total number of animals in this case was corrected to 156.

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Most of the animals were cruelly confined inside of a feces-filled, urine soaked house on the property. The three doves, two chickens, two cats and one dog were found outside the property. Of the animals inside the property, 29 dogs and approximately 30 cats were housed in crates and cages that were encrusted with feces and soaked in urine. The remainder of the animals were found roaming around inside the house, which was also covered in feces. The odor of the urine and feces was so strong, it could be smelled from the street. The stench was so overwhelming inside the house that staff had to wear respirators to safely remove the animals. 

The animals appear to have varying health issues, including eye discharge, ear discharge, hair loss, matted fur, long nails and were covered in urine, feces, ticks and fleas. At least one animal was missing an eye, several others were emaciated.

The SPCA of Texas and the City of Balch Springs has received several complaints of suspected animal cruelty over the last few months regarding this property. The SPCA of Texas worked with the owner to get the animals conditions into compliance with Texas Health and Safety Code during that time. The animal owner refused to allow investigators inside the property and then began calling on Balch Springs Animal Control to pick up deceased animals. An SPCA of Texas veterinarian performed necropsies on those animals and determined that they had died due to neglect. At this point, the SPCA of Texas and the Dallas County District Attorney's Office's Animal Cruelty Unit obtained a search warrant and a seizure warrant and served those on Wednesday, August 26.

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