More than 140 allegedly mistreated animals were seized this week from a residence in far south Hunt County.
The SPCA of Texas reported it had acted alongside the Hunt County Sheriff’s Office and County Constable for Precint 1 in conducting the operation Wednesday and Thursday from property on County Road 3707, which carries a Wills Point mailing address just west of Lake Tawakoni in Hunt County,
The agency indicated it had seized 146 animals, including include 138 dogs, which included 19 puppies, along with six donkeys, one horse and one cat. The dogs, puppies and cat were transported to the SPCA of Texas’ Russell E. Dealey Animal Rescue Center in Dallas, and the donkeys and horse were transported to the Russell H. Perry Animal Care Center in McKinney, where they were to be evaluated by medical staff and cared for until a civil custody hearing.
The hearing has been scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 27 at the office of Hunt County Justice of the Peace Place 1, Precinct 2 Sheila Linden in the Hunt County Criminal Justice Center, 2801 Stuart Street in Greenville.
The SPCA of Texas reported 40 of the dogs, the puppies and the cat were found living inside of a residence on the property, which was filled with feces, urine and debris up to two feet high in some areas. Most of the animals inside were confined to plastic and wire crates, stacked one on top of another, throughout the home.
The agency measured the ammonia level to be 99 parts per million (ppm) inside of the residence. For a point of reference, short term exposure to any ammonia level of more than 20 ppm or long term exposure to any level more than 12 ppm can cause health problems in humans.
The remaining 79 dogs were found outside confined to various makeshift pens and enclosures around the property, with most of the pens filled with mud, feces and large, dirty puddles of water. Many of the dogs had little access to appropriate and/or adequate food, water or shelter from the elements. The horse and donkeys were roaming freely on the property.
The agency said the animals appeared to be suffering from several health issues, including scrapes and wounds, long nails, diarrhea and dirty and matted fur. Many of the animals also appeared to be significantly underweight.