A hearing was scheduled for Thursday afternoon in the court of Justice of the Peace Hershey Barnett to determine custody of 45 animals seized last week by the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA).
The SPCA seized 42 dogs and three cats from a property on County Road 2997 under the authority of Precinct 4 Constable Kent Layton.
“The dogs were being cruelly confined within a feces-filled trailer on the property,” states a prepared release from the SPCA.
“The majority of the dogs had severe hair loss and were living in cruel confinement inside the residence on the property,” the release states. “The trailer the animals shared with the owner was feces-filled, urine-soaked and roach-infested. The ammonia level inside the residence was so strong — 20 parts per million — that the SPCA of Texas investigators’ eyes and throat began burning immediately after they walked through the door. As a point of reference, short term exposure to any ammonia level over 20 ppm or long term exposure to any level over 12 ppm can cause health problems in humans.”
“The deplorable conditions these dogs were living in was hard to see,” said Colby Grady, Chief Investigator for the SPCA of Texas. “A clean environment is absolutely necessary for dogs and cats to live happy, healthy lives.”
The SPCA claimed most of the dogs were confined to feces-filled, wire cages (some stacked on top of each other), while other dogs were loose inside the trailer. “Two of the dogs are almost completely hairless and are covered in scabs and bleeding, open wounds,” states the group. “Another dog has a deformed leg. The majority of the dogs are suffering from hair loss, eye discharge and skin infections. The three cats were kept outside, living in a broken down car on the property.” ..." More