SPCA of Texas Seizes 18 Allegedly Cruelly Treated Animals from Hunt County Property
(HUNT COUNTY, TX; DALLAS, TX); March 1, 2017--Today, under the authority of the Hunt County Constable, Precinct 1, Terry Jones, the SPCA of Texas seized and took custody of 18 allegedly cruelly treated animals--nine cats, five dogs, three kittens and one pig--from a property in Caddo Mills, TX. SPCA of Texas vehicles transported the cats and dogs to the Animal Rescue Center, Empowered by PetSmart Charities Emergency Relief and the pigs to the Russell H. Perry Animal Care Center in McKinney, where they will examined by medical staff and cared for until a custody hearing takes place. This is the third time animals have been seized from this person, the last time having been September 26, 2014, when the SPCA of Texas seized 48 animals--25 dogs, 14 rabbits, six cats and three pigs--all living in one house at the time. The SPCA of Texas was subsequently granted custody of those animals by a judge. After that case, the animal owner was charged with a Class A Misdemeanor for animal cruelty and found guilty, serving several months in jail. Charges are pending in the most recent case.
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The animals were all living inside the feces-filled, urine soaked house on the property, including the pig, which weighs under 50 pounds.
The SPCA of Texas received an anonymous complaint of suspected animal cruelty going on at the property and subsequently visited the property on February 27. The SPCA of Texas' Animal Cruelty Investigations Unit and the Hunt County Constable's Office visited the property, and concurred that it was in the animals' best interest to be removed due to their living conditions.
A custody hearing will be held on Wednesday, March 8 at 10 a.m. at the Justice of the Peace Pct. 1, Pl. 1 court located at 2801 Stuart St., Greenville, TX 75401, the Honorable Judge Wayne Money presiding.
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