Released by the SPCA of Texas:
FORNEY, TX - Wednesday in Forney, TX, Kaufman County Justice of the Peace, Pct. 2 Don Cates awarded custody of three abandoned dogs seized under the authority of the Kaufman County Sheriff's Department on Tuesday, April 20, 2010 from a property northeast of Terrell, TX to the SPCA of Texas.
Texas state statute says that the owner has a right to appeal this court's decision within the next ten days. If no appeal is filed during that time, then the SPCA of Texas will begin the process of individually evaluating the animals for potential adoption or placement on a case by case basis.
To download photos of this seizure, visit www.spca.org/kaufmandogs042010.
The dogs had been abandoned in a trailer on the property for an unknown period of time. All of the dogs have long nails and one dog has hair loss. The inside of the trailer where the dogs were being housed was packed with furniture, other miscellaneous household items and garbage, and was covered in feces and urine. The sub-flooring was missing or rotted out in many places and the windows were covered with foil and sheets.
Adult Protective Services contacted the Kaufman County Sheriff's Department and the SPCA of Texas after the person living at the property was removed to a hospital. An SPCA of Texas investigator visited the property, began attempting to contact family or friends of the animal owner by leaving door tags requesting a telephone call and began bringing food to the dogs. When no one came forward to claim the dogs, the SPCA of Texas contacted the Kaufman County Sheriff's Department. After reviewing the case, the Sheriff's Department concurred with the SPCA of Texas that it was in the animals' best interest to remove them from the property.
SPCA of Texas vehicles transported the dogs to the Dealey Animal Care Center in Dallas, TX on April 20, where they were examined by medical staff and cared for until the custody hearing.