PARKER COUNTY (CBSDFW.COM) – Living conditions at one Parker County house were so bad that nearly 60 dogs were seized and Child Protective Services was called concerning the welfare of a 1-year-old baby.
The child welfare/cruelty to animals investigation began after someone reported dogs on the property were living in poor conditions and were unhealthy.
When sheriff’s and animal control officers went to the house, in the 900 block of Lynch Bend Road, they found puppies, adult dogs, four adults, including Weldon, and a 1-year-old boy, in a crib, surrounded by animal feces.
“A child endangerment case is being investigated with pending charges for additional individuals living inside the residence,” said Lt. Mark Arnett, with the Parker County Sheriff’s Office. “Child Protective Services was notified immediately for obvious poor environmental conditions which was alarmingly unhealthy for the child. CPS ruled the scene as unsuitable.”
Weldon was reportedly babysitting the child. CPS officials contacted the baby’s mother, who lives elsewhere, and the child was eventually released to her custody.
In a press release statement Parker County Animal Control Supervisor Karen Kessler said, “A total of 58 dogs were seized. Their health and living conditions were in various stages.”
According to Kessler, some of the dog pens were filled with feces, urine and vomit. Parker County Sheriff’s Office investigators said some 31 dogs and 15 puppies were living in the crates. Many of the animals had little or no food and water.
While at the property authorities learned property owner Teresa Weldon had an outstanding warrant for bouncing checks in Tarrant County. She was arrested on the scene, jailed and was later released after posting a $500 bond for the check charges.
Police are preparing to file charges of animal cruelty and child endangerment against Weldon.
“There was an overwhelming foul odor of dog feces which was detectable from outside the residence,” said Sheriff’s investigator John Qualls. “It was extremely unhealthy for both humans and animals.”
The health of two dogs, one puppy and one adult, were so bad they had to be euthanized.
Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler said it appeared Weldon was allowed to adopt animals across North Texas without a “proper background check.”
The animals were taken to the Weatherford-Parker County Animal Shelter.
Both the animal and child welfare cases continue to be investigated.
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