VAN ZANDT COUNTY (CBSDFW.COM) – On Friday the SPCA of Texas seized more than 30 animals in Van Zandt County.
Law enforcement and animal rescuers found 35 dogs and one bird living inside a mobile home that had no air conditioning, a urine soaked wooden floor and was filled with feces. A number of the dogs were being kept outside in a pen that animal rescuers called filthy.
All of the animals, at the residence in Grand Saline, weren’t receiving proper food, water or care. Most, if not all, of the dogs are small mixed breed animals, seven of them puppies. The feathered creature is a lovebird.
Maura Davies, with the SPCA of Texas, told CBSDFW.COM that the family living in the trailer had simply gotten in over their heads and this definitely wasn’t “a puppy mill situation”.
Davies said she was told, “People had been dropping animals off [at the property] over the years and then they [those animals] were breeding.”
The family even thanked the SPCA for coming and taking the animals where they would be cared for.
Davies said she was told, the couple and their 19-year-old son often didn’t have food to feed themselves, yet they still went out to try and get food for the animals.
“That’s why there’s a community of people to help. We always encourage people to contact us, contact local law enforcement, if they see animal abuse. But in these hard times and hot weather we try to help out everybody… animals and people,” said Davies.
All of the dogs, which will be tested for mange, were suffering from eye discharge and had nails so long it was uncomfortable to walk.
All of the dogs and the bird were taken to the SPCA of Texas Animal Care Center in McKinney. The health of the animals is being attended to and they will be cared for until a court hearing set for September 2.