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SPCA of Texas Seizes 46 Allegedly Cruelly Treated Animals from Rusk County Property

(RUSK COUNTY, TX; DALLAS, TX); June 27, 2017–-On Tuesday, June 27, the SPCA of Texas and the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office seized 46 allegedly cruelly treated animals from a property near Henderson, TX in Rusk County. The animals consist of 28 dogs, nine kittens, six puppies, two cats and one turtle (a red-eared slider). Investigators also found multiple remains of deceased dogs, but the remains were too decomposed to move.

All living animals were transported to the SPCA of Texas' Animal Rescue Center, Empowered by PetSmart Charities Emergency Relief in Dallas. The animals will be examined by medical staff and cared for until a custody hearing takes place. The custody hearing will be held on Thursday, July 6, 2017, at 2 p.m. at 7933 State Highway 42 South, Henderson, TX 75654, Justice of the Peace, Pct. 4, the Honorable Darlene Childress presiding.

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All but one of the dogs were found outside, chained to metal bars which had been sunk into the ground as well as trees and other objects, without access to appropriate food or water. One dog and all of the cats were found living in the RV-type living quarters on the property, cruelly confined, forced to live in their own feces and debris, without access to appropriate food or water. The turtle was found in a small blue plastic pool outside the residence without access to appropriate food or water. 

The animals appear to have varying health issues, including malnourishment, hair loss, long nails, eye discharge and flea infestation. One dog had an extremely large growth on one leg. The chains used to restrain the dogs had rubbed the dogs' necks raw and Investigators had to use bolt cutters to free the dogs.

The Rusk County Sheriff's Office called the SPCA of Texas regarding the animals' conditions on Monday, June 26. The SPCA of Texas' Animal Cruelty Investigations Unit concurred with the Rusk County Sheriff's Office that it was in the animals' best interest to remove them. The Rusk County Sheriff's Office obtained the warrant on Monday evening and served the warrant this morning.

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