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SPCA of Texas and Hopkins County Sheriff's Office Seized 15 Cruelly Treated and Medically Neglected Animals from an Abandoned Residence in Como, Texas.


 - On Tuesday, June 28, 2016, the SPCA of Texas and the Hopkins County Sheriff's Office seized 8 dogs, 5 puppies, 1 quarter horse and 1 pony from an abandoned residence in Como, TX. The SPCA of Texas' Animal Cruelty Investigations Unit took temporary custody of the dogs and puppies and brought them immediately to the SPCA of Texas’ Rescue Center, Empowered by PetSmart Charities Emergency Relief, the same afternoon, where the animals are receiving the veterinary care they urgently need. The 2 horses were taken to the SPCA of Texas' Russell H. Perry Animal Care Center in McKinney, Texas to receive medical attention as well.

The dogs were found outside the residence without food or water tethered by short tow chains restricting their movement. The dogs are malnourished, suffering from flea and tick bites, and hair loss. The puppies were infested with fleas and have runny noses.

The horses are both are suffering from malnourishment along with overgrown chipped cracked hooves which cause tremendous amount of discomfort when walking. 

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After several neighbor complaints, Hopkins County authorities and the SPCA of Texas obtained a seizure warrant and moved forward with the removal of the dogs, puppies and horses, as the animal’s conditions were not in compliance with Texas Health and Safety Code.

Criminal charges may be pending under the authority of the Hopkins County Sheriff's Office. A court date is set for July 7, 2016 at 11 a.m.

The SPCA of Texas will now focus on rehabilitating the dogs, puppies and horses for adoption or placement on a case by case basis.

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