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SPCA of Texas Seizes 72 Cruelly Treated Animals from Ellis County Property


On Thursday, 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.

SPCA of Texas vehicles transported the animals to the SPCA of Texas Rescue Center Empowered by PetSmart Charities Emergency Relief in Dallas, where they are being examined by medical staff and will be cared for until the custody hearing.

The custody hearing will be held on Wednesday, July 29 at 2 p.m. at the Justice of the Peace, Pct. 2, located at 701 S. 1-35 E., Waxahachie, TX 75165, Judge Jackie Miller presiding.

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