(DALLAS COUNTY, TX); April 13, 2017 –Today, the SPCA of Texas and the Lancaster Police Department seized and took custody of 32 cruelly confined animals from a property in Southeast Dallas County. The animals--including 17 dogs and 15 puppies--were transported to the SPCA of Texas' Animal Rescue Center, Empowered by PetSmart Charities Emergency Relief, in Dallas, and will be examined by medical staff and cared for until a custody hearing takes place.
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Some of the animals were found living in a urine-soaked, feces-filled house on the property. Others were found outside, one chained to a tree. Several were kept in a garage on the property in kennels.
The animals appear to have varying health issues, including flea infestation, hair loss, extremely long nails and skin sores and other injuries. Some of the puppies appear to be suffering from potentially life-threatening medical issues.
The Lancaster Police Department visited the property this morning in response to another investigation, found the animals living in cruel confinement and reached out to the SPCA of Texas. The SPCA of Texas and the Lancaster Police Department concurred that it was in the animals' best interest to remove them immediately and sought a seizure warrant.
The custody hearing will be held on Tuesday, April 18 at 10 a.m. at the Dallas County Government Center Precinct 1, Place 2 courthouse located at 107 Texas Street, Lancaster, TX 75146, the Honorable Valencia Nash presiding.
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