Released by the SPCA of Texas:
VAN ZANDT COUNTY, TX - Under the authority of the Van Zandt County Sheriff's Department, the SPCA of Texas seized 26 dogs and three cats that have been neglected by their owner on Friday, October 16, from a property in Van Zandt County. According to law enforcement officials, the owner will face criminal animal cruelty charges.
SPCA of Texas vehicles transported the animals to the Perry Animal Care Center at 8411 Stacy Road/FM 720 in McKinney, TX, where they will be cared for until the custody hearing.
The custody hearing will be on Wednesday, October 21 at 2 p.m. at the Van Zandt County Justice of the Peace, Pct. 2 Courthouse at 250 E. Groves St., Canton, TX 75103, Judge Ronnie L. Daniell presiding.
Most of the animals appeared to suffering from various medical issues. At least half of the dogs are underweight, two dogs are emaciated, all of the animals are infested with fleas, some have hair loss and one dog appears to have a severe leg injury.
Acting at the request of the Van Zandt County Sheriff's Department, an SPCA of Texas Humane Investigator visited the property in question and began working with the owner to bring them into compliance with Texas Health and Safety Code. When the SPCA of Texas Humane Investigator returned to follow up almost a month later, nothing on the compliance agreement had been met. The SPCA of Texas agreed with the Van Zandt County Sheriff's Department that the animals' conditions had deteriorated and that immediate action was needed.
If the SPCA of Texas is awarded custody of the animals, they would be individually evaluated for potential adoption or placement on a case by case basis.