What started as a custody hearing for about 300 animals took a bizarre turn today. It was revealed in court, the owner of a possible East Texas puppy mill had 25 frozen puppies in trash bags on her porch. Last week, the SPCA found more than 300 animals on Mary Smith's property, living in filthy, cramped conditions without clean food or water. They were taken from "Fuzzcrest Farms" near Wills Point and brought to a warehouse in Dallas.
Today, those animals were awarded to the SPCA. Smith was also required to pay more than $21,000 in restitution for the SPCA's treating, housing and feeding the animals for the past week. Smith's attorney says he disagrees with the judge's ruling, but feels it was made thoughtfully. He added, Smith may now be looking at more serious charges involving a child living in the home with the animals.