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SPCA of Texas and Commerce Police Department Seize 334 Cruelly Treated, Medically Neglected Animals from Residence in Commerce, Texas

(HUNT COUNTY, TX); July 7, 2016 - On Thursday, July 7, 2016, the SPCA of Texas and the Commerce Police Department seized 334 animals from a residence in Commerce, TX. The animals include approximately 125 rabbits, 100 eggs, 40 baby chicks, 24 ducks, 20 chickens, 15 geese and 10 turkeys. The SPCA of Texas' Animal Cruelty Investigations Unit took temporary custody of the animals and brought them immediately to the SPCA of Texas’ Rescue Center, Empowered by PetSmart Charities Emergency Relief, the same evening, where the animals will receive the veterinary care they urgently need. One deceased rabbit was also found on the property.

The birds were found living in three small, filthy pens behind the residence on the property. The pens were filled with unusual amounts of feces. The rabbits were found in feces-filled, urine-soaked cages stacked on top of each other. The animals are suffering from various health conditions, including feather loss, hair loss, matted fur, eye discharge, emaciation, physical deformities, long nails, flea infestation, ear mite infestation and more.

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The Commerce Police Department received a complaint one week ago, visited the property and attempted to work with the owner to bring the animals’ conditions into compliance with Texas Health and Safety Code to no avail.

The Police Department contacted the SPCA of Texas today, an Animal Cruelty Investigator visited the property and determined that the animals' situation was dire. The Commerce Police Department and the SPCA of Texas then obtained a seizure warrant and moved forward with the removal of the birds and rabbits.

Criminal charges may be pending. A court date is set for Friday, July 15, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. at the Hunt County Justice of the Peace, Pct. 2 courthouse at 100 Kings Plaza, Suite F, Commerce, TX 75428, Judge Jennifer Reeves presiding.

The SPCA of Texas will now focus on rehabilitating the animals for adoption or placement on a case by case basis.

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