A case of animal neglect in a Longview courtroom today, this one involving more than a dozen rare breed dogs. Animal control officers removed 13 Sharpei dogs from a residence at 3901 Pine Tree Road on June 29th. Health officials say the dogs showed signs of malnutrition, skin diseases, and eye infections, and were living in filthy conditions. 6 adult dogs and 7 puppies were removed.
In court today, the owner, Wesley Windsor, claimed he was adequately caring for the dogs; however, a judge granted a Sharpei rescue group custody of the dogs.
"They had extremely bad skin conditions their eyes were matted together they looked extremely uncomfortable , very bad condition" said animal control officer Jackie Lynch.
"Obviously it's very disturbing anytime a situation like this is brought to our attention, it's a great concern when something like this going on in your community" said environmental health worker Buck Farrar.