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10/5/07 -Upshur County

SPCA Is Awarded 244 Dogs In Animal Cruelty Case

A follow up Today, on one of the worst cases of animal cruelty Upshur county has seen. A judge ruled that animals rescued from a puppy mill in Gladewater last month, shall be put in the custody of the SPCA. The fate of the suspect, however who ran the puppy mill is still up in the air. KLTV 7's LaKecia Shockley has the details.   

It was a gruesome site last month, more than two-hundred animals found living in horrible conditions. Investigators say they found more than three times the legal human limit of exposure to ammonia. "Those are the highest ammonia levels that I've ever seen, you couldn't breathe, you couldn't open your eyes,"said Anne Barnes, SPCA V.P. of Operations. Worst of all, some of the dogs were so bad they couldn't see."One dog was emaciated, both of its eyes were infected until the point-- I didn't think that it had eyes," said Courtney Rosenberger, SPCA Investigator.The owner of the dogs, 51 year-old Teresa Kay Dawson faces criminal charges of animal cruelty. Today, she was ordered to undergo mental evaluation at Rusk State Hospital.

As for the rescued animals, SPCA says three of them have died. The other 244 dogs are showing signs of improvement and will be put up for adoption. "We're seeing some of their conditions clear up on their own, just because they're out of that filthy environment,"said Barnes. Dawson will be evaluated for up to 120 days, after that the district attorney will decide on whether formal charges will be filed. Dawson is ordered to pay $24,700 dollars to SPCA for the treatment and care of the animals.

The dogs will be spayed and neutered and made available for adoption on a case by case basis. You can adopt the dogs next Saturday,October 13 at 362 S. Industrial Blvd. in Dallas. Also, you can adopt the dogs at 8411 Stacy Rd. in McKinney.

Fore more information you can log on to the SPCA web site at www.spca.org/upshurcountyrescue

LaKecia Shockley, reporting. lshockley@kltv.com 


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