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SPCA of Texas Receives Custody of 53 Animals Seized Under the State Cruelty Statute from Grayson County Property

(GRAYSON COUNTY, TX); November 2, 2016
– Before a custody hearing today, at the Justice of the Peace, Pct. 1 Courthouse in Sherman, TX, an agreement was reached between the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office, the SPCA of Texas and the owner of 53 animals seized under the Texas state cruelty statute, signed by Judge Larry Atherton, for the animal owner to relinquish ownership of the animals to the SPCA of Texas. The SPCA of Texas waived restitution, and further agreed that the owners may adopt one particular dog after the house is cleaned and the SPCA of Texas deems it fit for pets to live in once more. The animals will now be individually evaluated for potential placement (with the exception of the one dog, which will be held for the owners to adopt).

On October 26, the SPCA of Texas and the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office seized 53 animals under the state cruelty statute from a property in Whiteright, TX (near Sherman, TX) in Grayson County. The animals include 36 dogs, 10 cats, three roosters, two ducks, one rabbit and one hen. The fowl were transported to the SPCA of Texas' Russell H. Perry Animal Care Center in McKinney and the dogs, cats and rabbit were transported to the SPCA of Texas' Emergency Rescue Center in Dallas. The animals will have been examined by medical staff and cared for until a custody hearing takes place.

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The animals were found living in urine-soaked, feces encrusted pens and wire crates around the property and inside the house on the property. Some animals found inside the residence were living in crates while others ran loose. 

The animals appear to have varying health issues, including flea infestation, hair loss, extremely long nails and severe eye issues, and a few are underweight.

The SPCA of Texas received an complaint regarding cruelly treated animals on a property in Grayson County. An SPCA of Texas Animal Cruelty Investigator visited the property on Tuesday, October 25 and made contact with the animal owner. The investigator observed the animals' living conditions, which were not in compliance with Texas Health and Safety Code, and determined that the animals had been living in that state for a long period of time. The SPCA of Texas and Grayson County Sheriff’s Office concurred that it was in the animals' best interest to remove them and sought a seizure warrant.

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