SPCA of Texas rescues eleven abandoned, disease infested animals

By Molly Reuter - bio | email

VAN ZANDT COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - Under the authority of the Van Zandt County Constable, Pct. 4, the SPCA of Texas seized 11 animals late Thursday.  Rescuers took eight small dogs and three cats from a property in Grand Saline, TX.

The animals were cruelly confined in an approximately 600 square foot, un-air conditioned, urine- and feces-soaked dwelling.  The house the animals were living in was so urine-soaked that the SPCA of Texas investigator's eyes began watering as soon as he walked through the front door.

None of the animals had access to the outside, and the cats were all housed in the same small cage.  The dogs are so matted with feces that their exact breeds and health conditions are unknown.

The Van Zandt County Constable called the SPCA of Texas on Thursday to ask for immediate assistance.  No person lives on the property, though a relative of the property owner is thought to have stopped by from time to time to place food inside the dwelling.

The animals were transported to the SPCA of Texas' Dealey Animal Care Center in Dallas, where they will be examined by medical staff and cared for until the custody hearing.

The hearing for this seizure will be held on Thursday, April 30 at 11 a.m. at 312 W. Garland in Grand Saline, TX, Justice of the Peace, Pct. 1, Don Kirkpatrick presiding.

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