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SPCA of Texas Seizes 18 Cruelly Confined Animals from Dallas County Property


(DALLAS COUNTY, TX); October 28, 2016
–Today, the SPCA of Texas, the Dallas County District Attorney's Office and the Dallas Police Department seized and took custody of 18 cruelly confined animals from a property in the Pleasant Grove area of Southeast Dallas County. The animals include 13 dogs and 5 cats. The animals were transported to the SPCA of Texas' Emergency Rescue Center in Dallas, and will be examined by medical staff and cared for until a custody hearing takes place.


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Most of the animals were found living in a urine-soaked, feces-filled house on the property. One dog was found shut in a tiny closet, forced to live in approximately three feet of what appeared to be insulation of some type mixed with urine and feces. The cats were kept in a bathroom in the house. That bathroom floor was barely visible through a mix of trash, feces, litter and household items. A few dogs were found outside the house. 


The animals appear to have varying health issues, including flea infestation, hair loss, extremely long nails, skin sores and growths and feces-encrusted feet.


The SPCA of Texas received a complaint regarding cruelly treated animals on the property in mid-September. SPCA of Texas Animal Cruelty Investigators visited the property four times. During the first three visits, the animal owner refused the Investigators entry into the residence. During the final visit, Tuesday, October 25, the animal owner stated to the Investigator that she had moved out of the residence due to the conditions inside and had been sleeping on patio furniture under a covered structure behind the residence for over a year. Based on that information and other probable cause factors, the Investigator filed for a search warrant, and the warrant was signed on Friday, October 28. When the investigator gained access to the residence and observed the animals' living conditions, which were not in compliance with Texas Health and Safety Code, he determined that the animals were in need of immediate removal. The SPCA of Texas, Dallas County District Attorney's Office and the Dallas Police Department concurred that it was in the animals' best interest to remove them and sought a seizure warrant.


The custody hearing will be held on Thursday, November 3 at 10:30 a.m. at the Dallas County Government Center Precinct 1, Place 2 courthouse located at 107 Texas Street, Lancaster, TX 75146, the Honorable Valencia Nash presiding.
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 www.spca.org/helptheanimals

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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