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SPCA of Texas Seizes 31 Allegedly Cruelly Treated Animals from Van Zandt County Property


(VAN ZANDT COUNTY, TX; DALLAS, TX); July 26, 2017–-On Wednesday, July 26, the SPCA of Texas and the Van Zandt County Sheriff’s Office seized and took custody of 31 allegedly cruelly treated animals from a property near Edgewood, TX in Van Zandt County. The animals consist of 21 dogs and ten horses. The dogs were transported to the SPCA of Texas' Animal Rescue Center in Dallas and the horses will be housed at a offsite care facility. The animals will be examined by medical staff and cared for until a custody hearing takes place. The custody hearing will be held on Wednesday, August 2, 2017, at 9 a.m. at 212 W. Garland St., Grand Saline, TX, 75140, Justice of the Peace, Pct. 1, the Honorable Judge Pam Harvath presiding.

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Many of the dogs were found outside, chained to truck beds, trees and other objects, without access to appropriate food or water. Five of the dogs were found living inside the feces-filled, filth-encrusted residence on the property without access to appropriate food. Two dogs were found living in a makeshift pen on the property. All of the dogs are emaciated. Half of the horses were roaming on the fenced property. These horses had access to food that neighbors were providing and water from a filthy pond. Three horses were found living in pens on the property without access to appropriate food and minimal water. Two horses were found tethered trees on short lengths of rope, without access to food and water. Some of the horses are thin.

The animals appear to have varying health issues, including malnourishment, flea infestation, fly bites, cracked hooves and other injuries.

The Van Zandt County Sheriff's Office called the SPCA of Texas on Tuesday, July 25 regarding the animals' conditions. The SPCA of Texas' Animal Cruelty Investigator visited the property the same day and concurred with the Van Zandt County Sheriff's Office that it was in the animals' best interest to remove them. The SPCA of Texas and the Van Zandt County Sheriff's Office obtained and served the warrant this morning.

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