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On Tuesday, the SPCA of Texas and the Hunt County Pct. 1 Constable seized and the SPCA of Texas took custody of 53 allegedly cruelly treated animals from a property in Hunt County in the 3000 block of Old Mill Road.

The animals seized include 38 dogs, seven hens, three pigs, three mice, one cat and one Macaw. The dogs, the mice, the cat and the Macaw were transported to the SPCA of Texas’ Russell E. Dealey Animal Rescue Center in Dallas and the hens and pigs were transported to the SPCA of Texas’ Russell H. Perry Animal Care Center in McKinney, where they are being examined by medical staff and will be cared for until a custody hearing takes place.

The custody hearing will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018, at the Justice of the Peace Pct. 1, Pl. 2 courts located at 2801 Stuart St., Greenville, TX 75401, the Honorable Judge Sheila Linden presiding.

Approximately 25 of the dogs, which appeared to be Pomeranian mixes, were found roaming free inside the living room of the residence, with little access to food or water. The floors were urine-soaked and the stench of ammonia could be smelled from outside of the residence. The mice were found in a cage near the entryway of the residence. The cat and seven of the dogs, which appeared to be Great Pyrenees mixes, were found roaming free on the property with little to no access to food or potable water. Six other Pomeranian mix dogs were found confined to small, makeshift wire pens behind the residence. The hens and Macaw were found in a large, wire pen with no access to food or potable water.

The SPCA of Texas measured the ammonia level in the residence to be 30 parts per million (ppm). 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 animals appear to be suffering from various health issues, including hair loss, matted fur, eye issues and long nails, and several appear to be underweight.

The SPCA of Texas received a complaint of suspected animal cruelty on Thursday, September 13, 2018, and an SPCA of Texas Animal Cruelty Investigator visited the property the same day. Over several weeks, the investigator attempted to work with the owner to bring the animal’s conditions in compliance with the Texas Health and Safety Code. After numerous visits and after witnessing that the animal’s conditions had not improved, the investigator sought a seizure warrant to remove the animals on October 8, 2018. The Honorable Judge Sheila Linden signed the seizure warrant on Tuesday, October 9, 2018, and the SPCA of Texas served the warrant immediately.

To help support the SPCA of Texas and its efforts to help abused, neglected and homeless animals and to support the SPCA of Texas’ other programs and services, please visit www.spca.org/helptheanimals.

Source: The SPCA of Texas