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SPCA of Texas Seizes 19 Animals from Kaufman County Property

Deceased Puppies and Other Animals Also Found

 


(DALLAS, TX; KAUFMAN COUNTY, TX); April 26, 2019 – Yesterday, the SPCA of Texas and the Kaufman County Sheriff's Office seized 19 animals from a property in Kaufman County, Texas. The animals seized include 13 dogs, five cats and one horse. Several deceased animals were also found on the property, but were too decomposed to be removed.


The dogs and cats were transported to the SPCA of Texas' Russell E. Dealey Animal Rescue Center and the horse was transported to the Russell H. Perry Animal Care Center. The animals will be cared for and evaluated by medical staff until a civil custody hearing takes place on April 30, 2019 at the Kaufman County Justice of the Peace, Pct. 1, the Honorable Judge Mary Bardin presiding.


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Three dogs were found tethered by chains to trees and six other dogs were found roaming freely on the property. Three deceased puppies and three deceased dogs were found in small, shed-type structures. One dog and three cats were found inside the living area of the residence, which was filled with feces, urine, trash and other debris. Three dogs were found shut in a bedroom with no access to food or water and two cats were found closed inside an adjoining bathroom, which held feces-filled sinks and a feces-filled bathtub. One deceased cat was also found in the bathroom. Several deceased birds were found inside filthy cages in the living area. No appropriate food or water was seen inside of the residence, and no potable water was found outside.


The SPCA of Texas measured the ammonia level to be 286 parts per million (ppm) inside of the residence. For a point of reference, short term exposure to any ammonia level over 20 ppm or long term exposure to any level over 12 ppm can cause health problems in humans.


The animals appear to have various medical issues, including hair loss, eye issues, wounds, flea infestation, long nails and injured limbs. Many of the dogs appear to be significantly underweight. One dog appears to have a severe injury to his leg causing a limp and another dog appears to have extreme hair loss on its entire body.


The SPCA of Texas received a complaint of suspected animal cruelty on April 12, 2019. An SPCA of Texas Animal Cruelty Investigator visited the property on April 17, but was unable to gain entry to the property beyond the gated driveway. The investigator left a notice for the owner to contact the SPCA of Texas via phone immediately. The owner contacted the SPCA of Texas on April 19, but was unwilling to schedule a visit with the investigator. The next day, April 20, another investigator visited the property and was still unable to gain entry, but was able to make contact with the owner via phone.


On April 23, the Kaufman County Sheriff's Office visited the property for a welfare check with the SPCA of Texas' investigators. They were able to gain entry to the outside of the residence, where they witnessed poor conditions and a strong scent of ammonia. With this evidence, the SPCA of Texas' investigator and the Kaufman County Sheriff's Office were able to seek and obtain search and seizure warrants for the property. On April 25, 2019, the SPCA of Texas and the Kaufman County Sheriff's Office served these warrants.


To help support the SPCA of Texas and its efforts to help abused, neglected and homeless animals and to support the SPCA of Texas' other programs and services, please visit www.spca.org/helptheanimals. To learn more about the SPCA of Texas, please visit our website at www.spca.org.

 

 

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