On Friday, the Texas SPCA, the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office and the Dallas Police Department took custody of 18 cruelly confined animals from a property in the Pleasant Grove area of Southeast Dallas County. Thirteen dogs and five cats were discovered living in unimaginable conditions.
According to the press release by the SPCA of Texas, the animals have all been transported to the emergency care center in Dallas where they are all being examined and receiving necessary treatment.
An investigation began in September when the SPCA received complaints regarding animal cruelty. Officers visited the property four times; during the first three visits the owner refused to allow investigators entry into the home. During the final visit, Tuesday, October 25, the animal owner told authorities she had moved out of the residence due to the conditions inside and had been sleeping on patio furniture under a covered structure behind the residence for over a year. On October 28, a search warrant was issued.
As animal cruelty officers and rescuers entered the urine and feces filled home, the dogs and cats were discovered to have varying health issues including flea infestation, hair loss, extremely long nails, skin sores and growths and feces-encrusted feet.
“One dog was found shut in a tiny closet, forced to live in approximately three feet of what appeared to be insulation of some type mixed with urine and feces. The cats were kept in a bathroom in the house. That bathroom floor was barely visible through a mix of trash, feces, litter and household items. A few dogs were found outside the house.”
A hearing is scheduled for Thursday, November 3 at 10:30 a.m. at the Dallas County Government Center Precinct 1, Place 2 courthouse located at 107 Texas Street, Lancaster, TX 75146, the Honorable Valencia Nash presiding.
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(Photos of the seized pet via Texas SPCA)
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