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SPCA of Texas Receives Custody of 37 Cruelly Treated Animals Seized from Upshur County Property

(UPSHUR COUNTY, TX; McKINNEY, TX); November 12, 2014 –
Yesterday, before the judge made a ruling, an agreement was reached between the SPCA of Texas and the animal owner, signed by Judge Lyle Potter, for the animal owner to relinquish ownership of 37 animals to the SPCA of Texas and that restitution would be waived. The animals will now be individually evaluated for potential adoption or placement on a case by case basis.

Under the authority of the Upshur County Constable, Pct. 1, the SPCA of Texas seized and took custody of 37 cruelly treated animals--30 dogs and seven puppies--from a property near Gilmer, Texas on Wednesday, October 29. Additionally, three deceased puppies were found stuffed inside dog food bags on the property. One deceased puppy was decapitated and the head was not found.

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Eighteen of the animals were found living inside a single-wide trailer home on the property. Some of these dogs were living in wire crates, and others were loose in the trailer. Additionally, four puppies were living in a feces- and urine-filled bathtub, one Cocker Spaniel was found inside a closet and one Shih Tzu with extreme hair loss and severe eye issues was found in a back room.

Nineteen dogs were found inside a feces-filled, urine soaked shed with access to six attached, fenced-in, feces-filled runs.

Various breeds found include Cane Corsos, German Shepherds, Rottweilers, Shih Tzus, Cocker Spaniels, Shepherd mixes and Border Collie mixes. The dogs appear to have various health issues, including hair loss, eye issues, external parasites and long nails and many are underweight.

The SPCA of Texas received a complaint of suspected animal cruelty in late September. Upon investigation, the SPCA of Texas and the Upshur County Constable determined that the animals were being cruelly treated. The Upshur County Constable and the SPCA of Texas concurred that it was in the animals' best interest to remove the animals, and the Upshur County Constable sought a seizure warrant.

The SPCA of Texas removed the animals, transporting them to the Russell H. Perry Animal Care Center in McKinney the same day, where they were cared for until the custody hearing.

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"I'm absolutely in LOVE with Kitty (formerly Kaleigh). I know her name isn't original at all but I just started calling her that until I could think of a name and it just stuck - it's so her! I've attached two photos - she's seriously the most beautiful kitty in the world! She loves to steal tennis balls and bones from her dog sister - she thinks she's a dog! She enjoys going for walks and car rides, snuggling with mom, bird watching, drinking from the sink, playing with her pipe cleaners and getting into mom's makeup in the mornings. I couldn't 'imagine life without her. She's the absolute best!"

Laureen Jankins

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