The SPCA of Texas is reporting the seizure Monday of four dogs near Greenville.
According to a press release from the agency, the SPCA of Texas and the Hunt County Precinct 1 Constable Terry Jones took custody of the dogs, which were transported to the SPCA of Texas’ Russell E. Dealey Animal Rescue Center.
Three of the dogs were reported found outside roaming freely on the property contained by a chain-link fence. One dog was found inside of a trailer on the property. The dogs had little access to food and water, and the trailer did not have any air conditioning.
The dogs appeared to be underweight and suffering from various medical conditions, including long nails, hair loss and dry skin. One of the dogs was found to be missing part of his foot, and will require extensive veterinary treatment.
The SPCA of Texas indicated it had received a complaint of suspected animal cruelty on July 12. An SPCA of Texas Animal Cruelty Investigator visited the property the same day, but was unable to make contact with the owner. The investigator left a tag requesting the owner contact the SPCA of Texas and returned to the property the following day. On July 13, the investigator was still unable to make contact with an owner, and began making arrangements in order to seek a seizure warrant. The warrant was signed by Linden Monday.
The dogs will be evaluated and cared for by medical staff until a custody hearing takes place on July 23 at 10:30 a.m. at the office of Hunt County Justice of the Peace, Precinct 1 Place 2, Sheila Linden at 2801 Stuart Street in Greenville.