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SPCA of Texas Seizes 12 Cruelly Confined, Medically Neglected Animals from Van Zandt County Property

(GRAND SALINE, TX); November 5, 2015 – Today, under the authority of the Van Zandt County Sheriff's Office, the SPCA of Texas and the Grand Saline Police Department seized and took custody of 12 cruelly treated dogs from a property in Grand Saline, Texas. The dogs were cruelly confined inside a feces-filled, urine-soaked residence on the property and they were not receiving proper medical care. One dog was missing the bottom portion of one front leg, and what was left of the leg was wrapped in a bandage, secured by what appeared to be electrical tape.

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The dogs appear to be suffering from various health issues, including leg injuries, external masses (one on a dog's abdomen and one on a different dog's eye), hair loss and long nails, and the dogs were covered in urine, feces and fleas. 

On October 21, the SPCA of Texas visited the property after receiving an anonymous complaint regarding the dog missing part of its front leg. The animal owner showed the dog with the leg injury to the Investigator. The Investigator worked out an agreement with the animal owner to bring the animal's condition into compliance with Texas Health and Safety Code. When Investigators arrived at the residence this morning to check on the status of the compliance agreement, the animal owner showed the Investigators the dog with the leg injury. The dog had not received any veterinary care. Additionally, the Investigators were able to see into the residence, noticed that it was covered in urine and feces and saw many other dogs inside. At that point, the SPCA of Texas' Investigators, the Van Zandt County Sheriff's Office and the Grand Saline Police Department concurred that it was in the animal’s best interest to remove the animals, and a seizure warrant was obtained.

SPCA of Texas vehicles transported the animals to the SPCA of Texas' Rescue Center, Empowered by PetSmart Charities Emergency Relief in Dallas, where they are being examined by medical staff and will be cared for until the custody hearing.

The custody hearing will be held on Thursday, November 12, at 10 a.m. at the Justice of the Peace, Pct. 1 Courthouse, located at 212 W. Garland, Grand Saline, TX 75140, Judge Pam Harvath presiding.

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