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SPCA of Texas Seizes 3 Cruelly Treated Animals from Dallas Property


(DALLAS COUNTY, TX); November 30, 2016
– Today, the SPCA of Texas, the Dallas County District Attorney's Office and the Dallas Police Department seized and took custody of 3 cruelly treated animals from a property in the Pleasant Grove area of Southeast Dallas. The animals include two horses and one dog. The SPCA of Texas also removed one deceased dog from the property and will be conducting a necropsy to attempt to determine the dog's cause of death. The living dog was transported to the SPCA of Texas' Emergency Rescue Center in Dallas and the horses were transported to the SPCA of Texas' Russell H. Perry Animal Care Center in McKinney. They will be examined by medical staff and cared for until a custody hearing takes place.

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The horses were found living in a unfinished, detached garage on the property which was not ideal housing for horses. The deceased dog was found inside the detached garage. The live dog was found chained to a tree in the yard. None of the animals had appropriate food or water, and the living dog did not have shelter.

The dog is emaciated and has wounds on its ears. One horse is injured on its back left leg and is stuggling to walk and the other horse is thin. Both horses have chipped hooves.

The SPCA of Texas received a complaint regarding cruelly treated dogs without food, water or shelter on the property. An investigator visited the property for the first time on November 15. On the first visit, the investigator found the two dogs, both alive and tied to two trees. The investigator was surprised to learn that there were also two horses on the property. An investigator returned to the property on November 17 and spoke with the animal owner, who said that they would provide dog houses for the dogs and food and water for all of the animals. The investigator let the animal owner know that he would return in about one week to follow up. Today, when the investigator followed up, he found the deceased dog in the garage. At that point, the SPCA of Texas, the Dallas County District Attorney's Office and the Dallas Police Department concurred that it was in the animals' best interest to remove the animals and sought a seizure warrant.

The custody hearing will be held on Thursday, December 8 at 9:30 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.

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