SPCA Awarded Custody Of 71 Animals

A decision has been made regarding the custody of 74 animals rescued by the SPCA last week. A Van Zandt county judge has determined 71 of the animals are going to the SPCA of Texas.

Last Friday, the animals were taken from Brandy Redwine's home in Wills Point.  SPCA officials say the animals were living in filthy conditions.

The judge will allow Redwine to keep three dogs, if she can prove ownership. In court, Redwine said most of the animals on her property were strays and only a few were her personal pets.
She asked the judge for a second chance.

" I didn't intentionally do this," she said, "and I'm very sorry. If I'm wrong, I'm wrong and I will say I'm sorry."

The judge ordered Redwine to pay court costs as well as the SPCA's cost for housing 71 animals over seven days, that totals almost $5,000.

As far as the three dogs she may get to keep, they will stay at the McKinney SPCA for up to 15 days until ownership is proven.

SPCA officials say this is not the first time animals were returned to an owner facing animal cruelty charges.

"I've never in 20 years second guessed a judge," said SPCA Vice President of Operations, Dave Garcia. "She, the judge, had good reason for doing what she's doing and now we're trying to work out the details for that, so that all parties are addressed and all concerns are addressed."

The 71 animals awarded to the SPCA will be put up for adoption. They'll be available July 29, at the McKinney SPCA

Story by Maya Golden, mgolden@kltv.com