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UPDATE: ARREST MADE in the Case of 19 Cruelly Treated Animals Seized from Hunt County Property November 1, 2017




(HUNT COUNTY, TX; DALLAS, TX); January 11, 2018--Yesterday, January 10, 2018, Maureen McDaniel was arrested on one charge of Class A Misdemeanor Cruelty to Non-Livestock Animals regarding a case from November 1, 2017 and was booked into the Hunt County Jail. She was arraigned the morning of January 11 and bond was set at $4,000. An indictment will be coming in the next several weeks, and that will determine when the trial will be set. 
On November 1, 2017, the Hunt County Constable, Precinct 1, Terry Jones; the Hunt County Sheriff's Office and the SPCA of Texas seized and the SPCA of Texas took custody of 19 cruelly treated animals--nine dogs and ten chickens--from a property near Terrell, TX. SPCA of Texas vehicles transported the dogs to the Russell E. Dealey Animal Rescue Center in Dallas and the chickens to the Russell H. Perry Animal Care Center in McKinney, where they were examined by medical staff and cared for until a custody hearing took place.

To download photos from the scene as well as the booking photo of Maureen McDaniel, please click HERE.

The dogs were found attached to trees, fences and other items by tow chains without access to appropriate food. The chickens were found living in a small, makeshift cage. The dogs were all emaciated, with ribs and hip bones protruding. Several dogs had open sores on their bodies and one dog had multiple tumors.

The SPCA of Texas received a complaint of suspected animal cruelty going on at the property the morning of November 1, 2017. The SPCA of Texas' Animal Cruelty Investigations Unit, the Hunt County Constable's Office and the Hunt County Sheriff's Office visited the property the same morning the complaint was submitted to the SPCA of Texas. The animals' owner was not on the property, but the Investigator was able to see the animals' dire living conditions and was concerned that the animals were in danger of dying. The three agencies concurred that it was in the animals' best interest to obtain an emergency warrant and remove them immediately.

A custody hearing was held on Wednesday, November 8 at 10 a.m. at the Justice of the Peace Pct. 1, Pl. 2 court located at 2801 Stuart St., Greenville, TX 75401, the Honorable Judge Sheila Linden presiding. At that hearing, the judge awarded custody of the animals to the SPCA of Texas as well as restitution in the amount of $3,607.85.

The chickens have since been adopted, eight of the dogs are still under the rehabilitative care of the SPCA of Texas and one dog was euthanized due to the severity of his starvation and health condition.

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