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221 animals seized from East Texas home

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From the SPCA of Texas and Kaufman County Sheriff's Office:

(KAUFMAN, TX; DALLAS, TX; McKINNEY, TX); July 25, 2013 -- Under the authority of the Kaufman County Sheriff’s Office, the SPCA of Texas seized and took custody of 166 Rabbits, 36 guinea pigs, 12 goats, five cats, one dog and one bull from a residence in Kaufman, TX on Thursday, July 25.

Eighty four of the rabbits, two of the guinea pigs and two of the cats were found in a big barn on the property. These rabbits and guinea pigs were living in feces-encrusted wire cages. The rabbits were housed in cages stacked two high, and feces from the rabbits in the top cages was able to fall down on the rabbits in the bottom cages.

One hundred and sixteen more rabbits and 34 guinea pigs were living in a small shed inside feces-filled cages. These rabbits were living in wire cages, and several of these guinea pigs were living inside a fish tank.

The rabbits appear to have various health issues, including open sores, matted fur, hair loss, ear discharge, eye discharge and long nails. Some of the guinea pigs have hair loss.

Eleven of the goats were found living outside the barn. A cat and two kittens were found in a feces-filled wire cage located outside the shed, and they did not have access to appropriate food or water. The dog was found in a small wire cage behind the shed without access to food or water. The bull was living in a small pasture behind a trailer on the property with one of the goats.

The SPCA of Texas received a complaint of suspected animal cruelty on July 16, and the SPCA of Texas’ Investigator and Deputy with the Kaufman County Sheriff’s Office visited the property. They attempted to make contact with the animal owner, but the animal owner did not respond. The Investigator and the Deputy concurred that it was in the animals’ best interest to remove them, and obtained a seizure warrant on July 25.

The SPCA of Texas removed the animals, transporting some to the Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center in West Dallas and some to the Russell H. Perry Animal Care Center in McKinney the same day, where they are being cared for until the custody hearing.

The custody hearing for the dogs is scheduled for Friday, August 2 at 10 a.m. at the Kaufman County Justice of the Peace, Precinct 1 located at 3003 S. Washington Street, Kaufman, TX 75142, Judge Johnny Perry presiding.

If the SPCA of Texas receives final custody of the animals, they would at that time be evaluated for adoption or placement on a case by case basis.

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