Posted By: Layron Livingston
KAUFMAN COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - Kaufman County deputies said the kennel operated inside a large metal building on an elderly couple's property near the Prairieville community. The Humane Society of the United States, have now moved all the animals to an emergency shelter near the site.
When rescuers arrived they found Chihuahuas, poodles, and hundreds more small dogs and cats. The animals were crammed into cages and kennels without clean water or food. Authorities say many were living in their own filth.
"You're a little heartbroken," said James O'Bryan, a veterinarian with Gresham Veterinary Hospital. "You want to reach out to these animals. That's why I'm here."
O'Bryan said he arrived on scene Tuesday morning. He said he has treated some of the most critical cases.
"The conditions we found today are consistent with the worst puppy mills we've seen," said Scotlund Haisley with the Humane Society of the United States. He said many of the animals suffered from eye discharge, upper respiratory infections, mange, untreated medical injuries, and untreated lacerations.
Another humane society spokesperson said four animals died or had to be put down.
Authorities raided the property Tuesday. Kaufman County deputies said their investigation began after someone went to the humane society asking for food donations. An emergency shelter was set up near the site. That is where a team of volunteers from across the country are working to save as many of the neglected animals as they can.
"These animals are going to go to a good home," said O'Bryan. "That's our goal and that's what we expect to achieve."
The names of the property owners have not been released. A hearing has been scheduled for Friday to determine who will get custody of the animals.