Judge Shelia Linden also charged the animal owner with restitution of $3,607.83. “This will cover the cost of the animals care while with us,” stated Maura Davies, VP of Communications for the SPCA.
“Sadly, we were able to determine after our veterinarians and medical staff evaluated the dogs that they were attempting to eat rocks and acorns to survive. Many had been grinding their teeth down to nothing.”
The dogs are now being cared for at the Russell E. Dealey Animal Rescue Center in Dallas. “They are all on starvation protocol; meaning we have to feed them small meals more frequently and all seem to be improving,” said Davies.
The chickens are being cared for at the Russell H. Perry Animal Care Center in McKinney.
Civil and criminal charges are still pending. The owner of the animals has 10 days to appeal the custody hearing and should they obtain an appeal bond, after an additional 10 days passes a second hearing will be placed on the docket. The judge over-seeing the second hearing will make the final ruling.
Davies went on to say, “it will takes weeks to months to get these dogs in a position to be adopted. They have a very long road ahead of them. I have to say, this is one of the worst starvation cases I have seen during my time at the SPCA.”
The owner was not present at the hearing today. On the criminal side of the case if the owner is found guilty of animal cruelty at the felony level they could have to pay an additional fine and potentially serve 2 years and up to 10 years in prison.
“We are just so grateful to the person who reported this case to our abuse hotline,” said Davies.
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