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SPCA of Texas Receives Custody of 43 Allegedly Cruelly Treated Animals from Dallas County Property

Removes Additional 20 Animals from Separate Property


(DALLAS, TX); May 8, 2018–During a custody hearing today at the Dallas County Government Center Precinct 1, Place 2 courthouse in Dallas, TX, an agreement was reached between the animal owner, the SPCA of Texas and the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office for the owner of animals seized from a Southeast Dallas property to relinquish custody of 43 allegedly cruelly treated animals to the SPCA of Texas. The Honorable Valencia Nash signed the agreement. At this time, the animal owner agreed to relinquish custody of an additional 20 allegedly cruelly treated animals being held at a separate property in southern Dallas. The animals removed today from the second property include eight dogs, four puppies, three kittens, two cats, one hen, one rooster and one horse. The cats and dogs were transported to the SPCA of Texas’ Russell E. Dealey Animal Rescue Center in Dallas, the chickens were transported to the SPCA of Texas' Russell H. Perry Animal Care Center in McKinney, TX and the horse was transported to an offsite care facility. The SPCA of Texas will individually evaluate the animals for adoption or placement on a case by case basis. Criminal charges are expected to be filed in this case.

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On May 1, the SPCA of Texas, the Dallas County District Attorney's Office and the Dallas Police Department seized and the SPCA of Texas took custody of 43 allegedly cruelly treated animals from a residence near Dowdy Ferry Road located in Southeast Dallas, TX. The animals consist of 15 eggs, eight dogs, seven cats, six hens, three pullets, three deceased kittens and one rooster. More than five additional deceased dogs and cats were found in advanced decay at the back of the property. The pullets and chickens were transported to the SPCA of Texas' Russell H. Perry Animal Care Center in McKinney, TX; the cats and dogs were transported to the SPCA of Texas’ Russell E. Dealey Animal Rescue Center in Dallas.

At that time, the animal owner admitted to having additional animals at a separate property, but would not reveal the location to investigators. Further investigation revealed the property’s address, where the additional 20 animals were found.

At the second property, most of the dogs were found confined in metal wire crates with little to no access to food or water. Other dogs and the puppies were found roaming freely in a makeshift shed littered with debris. The cats and kittens were confined to a small, metal wire crate covered by pieces of plywood. The rooster and hen were confined to a wire crate filled with feces and soiled bedding. The horse was found in a stall filled with soiled bedding and little to no access to food or water.

The animals appear to have varying health issues, including long nails, eye discharge, nasal discharge, matted fur, flea infestation, abnormal and/or injured limbs and overgrown hooves.

The SPCA of Texas received a complaint of suspected animal cruelty on Friday, April 27, 2018. An SPCA of Texas Animal Cruelty Investigator visited the property on Monday, April 30, 2018 and was unable to make contact with the owner, but was able to obtain probable cause to seek a warrant. On the morning of Tuesday, May 1, 2018, the SPCA of Texas Investigator sought and obtained a seizure warrant signed by the Honorable Valencia Nash. The SPCA of Texas Investigator served the warrant and the animals were removed immediately. 

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