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SPCA of Texas Receives Custody of 117 Animals Seized from an Alleged Puppy Mill in Hunt County



(HUNT COUNTY, TX; DALLAS, TX); October 2, 2017--Today, before a custody hearing at the Justice of the Peace Pct. 1, Pl. 2 court located at the Hunt County Criminal Justice Center in Greenville, TX, an agreement was reached between the Hunt County Constable's Office, the SPCA of Texas and the owners of 117 animals seized under the Texas state cruelty statute for the animal owners to relinquish ownership of the animals to the SPCA of Texas. The Honorable Judge Sheila Linden signed the agreement. The SPCA of Texas waived restitution. The animal owners waived their right to an appeal, so the animals will now be individually evaluated for potential placement or adoption on a case by case basis.
On Monday, September 25, the SPCA of Texas; the Hunt County Constable, Precinct 1, Terry Jones; and the Hunt County Sheriff's Office seized and the SPCA of Texas took custody of 117 allegedly cruelly treated animals from an alleged puppy mill--93 adult dogs, 22 puppies and two cats--from a property near Greenville, TX. SPCA of Texas vehicles transported the animals to the organization's Animal Rescue Center, where they were examined by medical staff and cared for until today's custody hearing.

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The majority of the animals, 100 dogs and puppies, were housed in a metal addition to the brick home on the property. These animals were found living in filthy cages, crates and kennels, up to three dogs in each. The stench of feces and urine was so strong that it caused investigators to gag and could be smelled from the road. Additionally, 15 dogs and puppies and two cats were found inside the residence.

The animal owner let investigators know that they were selling the dogs. All large-scale animal breeders in Texas are required by law to be licensed and inspected on a regular basis. It is unclear at this point if the animal owner is properly licensed. The Texas puppy mill bill, known as the Large-Scale Commercial Dog and Cat Breeder Bill, took effect on September 1, 2012. It provides guidelines for the treatment of animals in large-scale commercial breeding operations in Texas, defined as breeders who keep 11 or more breeding females or sell 20 or more puppies or kittens a year. The law specifies that certain parameters exist for such animals, including feeding, space, shelter, ventilation and medical care, and is administered by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation.

The SPCA of Texas' Animal Cruelty Investigator and the Hunt County Constable received a complaint of suspected animal cruelty by the Hunt County Sheriff's Office the morning of September 25. The Sheriff's Office had been investigating another matter and found the animals in living in allegedly cruel conditions. The SPCA of Texas' Investigator and the Hunt County Constable visited the property the same morning, and although the owner did not allow the investigators entry, the investigators could smell a strong stench of ammonia from the street and hear a large number of dogs barking from far away. The SPCA of Texas's Investigator and the Hunt County Constable's Office concurred that it was in the animals' best interest to seize them, took the information to a judge and obtained a search and seizure warrant.

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