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SPCA of Texas Seizes 50 Allegedly Cruelly Treated Animals and 42 Deceased Animals from Hopkins County Property

Owners Arrested and Charged with Cruelty to Non-Livestock Animals


(DALLAS, TX; SULPHUR SPRINGS, TX); May 11, 2018–Yesterday, the SPCA of Texas and the Hopkins County Sheriff's Office seized and the SPCA of Texas took custody of 50 allegedly cruelly treated animals and 42 deceased animals from a property near Sulphur Springs, TX in Hopkins County. The live animals consist of 41 dogs, seven puppies, one rabbit and one gecko. The deceased animals consist of 22 puppies, 11 dogs, four rabbits, three chicks, one rooster and one rat. 

The animals were transported to the SPCA of Texas’ Russell E. Dealey Animal Rescue Center in Dallas. The live animals will be examined by medical staff and cared for until a custody hearing takes place. Necropsies will be performed on some of the deceased animals to determine the causes of death. The civil custody hearing will be held on Friday, May 18, 2018 at 10 a.m. at the Hopkins County Justice of the Peace, Precinct 1 Courthouse located at 128 Jefferson St., Sulphur Springs, TX 75482, the Honorable B.J. Teer presiding.

The animal owners were arrested on scene and booked in the Hopkins County Jail, charged with criminal Cruelty to Non-Livestock Animals, a Class A misdemeanor. A separate criminal hearing to address these charges will take place at a later date.

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Many of the animals were found living in feces-filled, urine-soaked rooms inside of the residence, some free-roaming and others confined to crates. Other animals were found in a barn-type structure on the property living in their own feces and urine and some were confined to small wire crates. More animals were found outside, some were confined to a pen and others were tethered by chains with no shelter from the elements. The deceased animals were found, wrapped in small plastic bags, in a freezer on the property.

The animals appear to have several health issues, including long nails, flea infestation, hair loss and eye discharge.
The SPCA of Texas received a complaint of suspected animal cruelty on Tuesday, May 8, 2018. An SPCA of Texas Animal Cruelty Investigator visited the property on Thursday, May 10, 2018. Based on the interaction with the animal owner and what was seen at the property, the investigator then sought and obtained a seizure warrant. The SPCA of Texas Investigator served the warrant and the animals were removed immediately.  

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