Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Hundreds of Highlands animals rescued from inhumane conditions


A tip recently led animal rescue personnel to 1,079 dogs, rabbits, hamsters and birds in inhumane conditions in Highlands. Most of the animals rescued were birds.

According to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA), the cages and bins that housed the animals were lined with waste, spider webs and old food. Some of the animals were dead or close to dying.

“These animals were rescued from deplorable, horrific conditions, and many lacked proper food and shelter as required by law” said Linda Geffin, chief of special prosecutions of Harris County Attorney Vince Ryan’s office.

Meera Nandlal, with the SPCA, said the home in the Highlands area was raided Thursday night.

The animals were being held at a property in Highlands. According to the Precinct 1 Deputy Constable’s Office the couple residing there has a breeder’s license and were likely breeding them for sale to pet shops or flea markets. However, that license may not be valid for long.

“Whether or not you have a breeder’s license, the animals do need to have proper food, water, shelter, care if they’re in your possession. So that is why the animals were removed,” said Meera Nandlal of the Houston SPCA.

Nandlal says many of the animals did not even have adequate food and water...." More

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