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SPCA of Texas Receives Custody of 28 Cruelly Treated Livestock Animals Seized from Cedar Hill Property

October 21, 2014

The afternoon of October 21, 2014, during a custody hearing at the Cedar Hill Government Center, an agreement was reached between the SPCA of Texas and the animal owner, signed by Judge Kent Traylor, for the animal owner to relinquish ownership of 28 livestock animals to the SPCA of Texas and that restitution would be waived. The animals will now be individually evaluated for potential adoption or placement on a case by case basis. 

Under the authority of the Cedar Hill Police Department, the SPCA of Texas seized and took custody of 28 cruelly treated livestock animals from a residence in Cedar Hill the evening of Tuesday, October 14. The animals include 14 goats, six ponies, three head of cattle, three sheep, one donkey and one horse.

To view and download photos of the animals, taken at the SPCA of Texas' Russell H. Perry Animal Care Center in McKinney, please click on the following link or copy and paste it into a browser:

The animals were found living in a bare pasture on the property and were not receiving proper care. The animals did not appear to have access to the food that was on the property and there did not appear to be a sufficient water supply for the animals. Many of the animals are underweight, with their ribs, spine and/or hip bones prominently visible under their skin. One goat had a rope tied around its legs, and the rope had begun to cut into the goat's legs.

The SPCA of Texas received a complaint of suspected animal cruelty at the property, and the SPCA of Texas has been working with the animal owner since mid-September to bring the animals' conditions into compliance with Texas Health and Safety Code. The owner failed to bring the animals' conditions into compliance with Texas Health and Safety Code. The Cedar Hill Police Department, Cedar Hill Animal Control and the SPCA of Texas concurred that it was in the animals’ best interest to remove them and a seizure warrant was obtained on October 14.

The SPCA of Texas removed the animals, transporting them to the Russell H. Perry Animal Care Center in McKinney the same day, where they were cared for until the custody hearing.

To help support the SPCA of Texas and its efforts to help abused, neglected and homeless animals and to support the SPCA of Texas' other programs and services, please visit To learn more about the SPCA of Texas, please visit our website at


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