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SPCA of Texas Receives Custody of Seven Cruelly Treated Animals from Ellis County Property

(ELLIS COUNTY, TX); August 11, 2015 – Before a custody hearing today at the Justice of the Peace, Pct. 2 in Waxahachie, TX, an agreement was reached between the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office, Ellis County Attorney’s Office, the SPCA of Texas and the owner of seven cruelly treated animals, signed by Judge Jackie Miller, for the animal owner to relinquish ownership of the seven animals to the SPCA of Texas. The SPCA of Texas was awarded $1,524.25 in restitution. However, the SPCA of Texas does not actually expect to receive any of this money to help offset costs. All animals will now be individually evaluated for potential adoption or placement on a case by case basis.

On August 4, under the authority of the Italy Police Department, the SPCA of Texas took custody of six dogs and one goat from a property in Ellis County.

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The dogs were cruelly confined inside of a feces-filled, urine soaked house on the property. The goat was found in the backyard.

The animals appear to have varying health issues, including hair loss, and were covered in urine, feces, ticks and fleas.

On Monday, August 3, the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office contacted the SPCA of Texas about six cruelly treated dogs and one goat on a property in Ellis County. The following day, Italy Police Department obtained a seizure warrant and the SPCA of Texas took custody of the animals shortly thereafter. The owner was arrested for animal cruelty by the Italy Police Department.

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