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SPCA of Texas Receives Custody of 72 Cruelly Treated Animals from Ellis County Property

Before a custody hearing on July 29, 2015 at the Justice of the Peace, Pct. 2 in Waxahachie, TX, an agreement was reached between the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office, Ellis County Attorney’s Office, the SPCA of Texas and the owner of 72 cruelly treated animals, signed by Judge Jackie Miller, for the animal owner to relinquish ownership of the 72 animals to the SPCA of Texas. The SPCA of Texas was awarded $18,309 in restitution. However, the SPCA of Texas does not actually expect to receive any of this money to help offset costs. Seven dogs have already been reunited with their owners and the SPCA of Texas will work to facilitate any other reunions between pets and their owners. All unowned animals will now be individually evaluated for potential adoption or placement on a case by case basis.

On July 23, under the authority of the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office, the SPCA of Texas seized 68 cruelly treated dogs, three cats and one bird from a property in Ellis County. Approximately 20 dogs were also found deceased on the property.

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Approximately 20 dogs were found in the backyard with access to a garage, while the remaining dogs were living in crates inside a feces-filled, urine soaked house on the property. Three cats were also found in the home and one bird was living inside of the garage. None of the animals had access to appropriate food or water.

The animals are thin to emaciated and appear to be suffering from various health issues, including hair loss, long nails and eye discharge, and were covered in urine, feces and fleas.

On Wednesday, July 22, the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office contacted the SPCA of Texas about several cruelly treated dogs on a property in Ellis County. The SPCA of Texas Rescue and Investigations team visited the property the same day and concurred that it was in the animal’s best interest to remove the animals, and the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office sought a seizure warrant. The owner has been arrested on Class A Misdemeanor charges of animal cruelty by the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office.

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