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8/21/08-Lindale

SPCA Awarded Custody Of 14 Malnourished, Diseased Dogs

More than a week ago, KLTV showed you the rescue of 14 dogs from an East Texas mobile home. The SPCA says the dogs were found malnourished and diseased, living in what authorities called "deplorable conditions." Monday, the homeowners were in court, hoping to win back custody of the dogs. KLTV 7's Tracy Watler was there, and talked to the homeowners after the verdict was given.

More than a dozen dogs, some with swollen eyes, others with no hair, living inside a home filled with feces and urine, taken out one by one by the SPCA.

"The animals stay in the custody of the SPCA," says the presiding judge.

They are words owners Ron and Juanita Lindsey didn't want to hear.  They had hoped the dogs would go home with them.

"I'm not happy with it, I mean, those are family members. They aren't pets, those are family members," Ron says.

Outside the courtroom, he told us he would have gotten veterinary help for the animals had he'd known they were sick.

But now..."life's so empty now, there's nothing, I mean I lay down at night without them here....I wish God would just take me," he says.

In an email from Dallas, the SPCA told us this is the outcome they had hoped for, describing the unhealthy conditions the dogs were in.

But for the mother and son duo, it's a reality they're finding hard to accept.

"They loved us, anytime I saw I said come give me a kiss and they'd come give me a kiss... I just don't even want to wake up in the morning," Juanita Lindsey says while sobbing.

It's an emotional ending that will lead to a new beginning for 14 very sick dogs.

The SPCA says the dogs have been vaccinated, wormed, groomed, and evaluated by their medical staff in hopes for future adoption.

Tracy Watler, Reporting tracy@kltv.com

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