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June 19, 2013

Dozens of dogs seized from residence

Dozens of dogs were seized Tuesday from a home in south Hunt County and the owner of the residence may be facing charges of animal cruelty.

Hunt County law enforcement officials joined with representatives from the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) of Texas Tuesday in serving an evidentiary search warrant at the home on County Road 3621, off of FM 751.

“We had numerous animal complaints about the home,” said Constable Precinct 1 Terry Jones, who explained the warrant was issued by 196th District Court Judge Steve Tittle after the owner previously denied investigators entrance to the residence.

“We seized 45 dogs out of a double wide mobile home,” Jones said, adding the small, mixed-breed dogs were all suffering from mange and/or other skin diseases. “There were very, very bad living conditions for both the animals and the people. It was terrible.”

Jones was assisted Tuesday by deputies with the Hunt County Sheriff’s Office, Constable Precinct 2 Wayne “Doc” Pierce and Constable Precinct 4 Kent Layton. Mike Pierce, investigator with the office of County Attorney Joel Littlefield, was also on hand.

Jones said the investigation into the incident was continuing and that animal cruelty charges are pending against the owner of the home.

“She said she didn’t have any place for them and she was trying to do the best she could,” Jones said.

A custody hearing will be scheduled, likely next week. If the SPCA of Texas is awarded custody of the animals, they would be evaluated for placement or adoption on a case by case basis.

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