(HUNT COUNTY, TX, DALLAS, TX); January 18, 2017– Today, the SPCA of Texas and the Hunt County Constable's Office seized and took custody of 71 allegedly cruelly treated animals from a property in Hunt County. The animals include 35 roosters, 20 hens, six chicks, six dogs and four eggs. The animals were transported to the SPCA of Texas' Animal Rescue Center, Empowered by PetSmart Charities, where they will be examined by medical staff and cared for until a custody hearing can take place.
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The birds were initially found living on the property without access to proper food or water. The dogs were all tethered outside on the property. Two of the dogs have enormous tumors, and one of the dogs' tumors had burst when they were found. The rest of the dogs are suffering from various health issues, including skin conditions.
The SPCA of Texas received a complaint from a concerned citizen regarding the animals' conditions, and then an SPCA of Texas Investigator visited the property with the Hunt County Constable's Office. The two agencies agreed that it was in the animals' best interest to remove them and the SPCA of Texas sought a seizure this morning.
A custody hearing will take place on Tuesday, January 24 at 10:30 a.m. at the Hunt County Criminal Justice Center at 2801 Stuart Street, Greenville, TX 75401, Judge Sheila Linden presiding. Should the SPCA of Texas gain final custody of the animals, they would be individually evaluated for placement or adoption.
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