WILLS POINT, TX - The SPCA has been granted custody of 185 animals seized Sunday, January 25. Restitution in the amount of $10,000 was also awarded to the SPCA of Texas.
The plaintiff, Richard Delfeld, admitted at the hearing that he was responsible for the animals' care. Mr. Delfeld also indicated that he did not believe the animals had adequate shelter. In fact, only a small number of animals had tarp or plywood over their tiny cages to protect them from the elements. Additionally, although Mr. Delfeld had access to food for the animals on site, he did not appear to have been feeding or giving water to them. Autopsies revealed that some of the animals died of starvation.
"I believe, based on what I'm seeing today, I'm not giving the animals to the owner," said Judge Shinn. "I've ordered a forfeiture to the SPCA of Texas today. For the animals' sake, this is the best option. These animals need to be somewhere else."
The first day some of these animals will be available for adoption is Friday, February 6 at noon at both SPCA of Texas shelters. The other animals will be individually evaluated for potential adoption or placement on a case by case basis in the coming days and weeks.
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