A team of investigators and rescue workers from the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) along with the Van Zandt County Sheriff’s Office rescued 19 adult dogs, 19 puppies, two turtles and a bird Tuesday morning from a single-wide trailer in Myrtle Springs on VZCR 3441.
Van Zandt County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Kristi Holt said after receiving several calls from numerous neighbors in the area, they went out to investigate and that is when they called upon the SPCA and informed them of the situation.
“We received a call from the Van Zandt County Sheriff’s Office asking for assistance in rescuing the animals based on numerous complaints,” SPCA Communications Specialist Lacy Ball said. “The stench of urine and feces in the house is extremely bad for these animals.”
Ball said because the animals are being forced to live in feces-filled, urine-soaked conditions, the current heat wave in North Texas puts the animals’ health at even greater risk.
SPCA Senior Humane Investigator Art Munoz said he had investigated the owner of the animals several times while she was living in Kaufman County, more than eight months ago.
“This is a hoarding case,” Munoz said.
“These animals have been cruelly confined,” Munoz continued. “She has names for all of these animals and just continues to breed them. They are all inbred.” .." More