HUNT COUNTY (CBSDFW.COM) – The SPCA of Texas took custody of nearly 50 animals on Thursday, after receiving an anonymous complaint of suspected animal cruelty.
The SPCA and officials in Hunt County went to the property in Caddo Mills and found the animals living in a house that was described as “feces-filled” and “urine soaked.”
In all 48 animals — 25 dogs, 14 rabbits, six cats and three pigs were rescued.
When the SPCA arrived at the property they found all but one of the dogs inside a room covered with urine and feces. Workers said cats and rabbits were kept in another room that had similar conditions.
SPCA workers say all three pigs were also living inside the house, and each weighs approximately 350 pounds.
One dog’s medical condition was so grave there was nothing rescuers could do. Workers said the animal was euthanized on site “to prevent further suffering.”
The animals were taken to the Perry Animal Care Center in McKinney and the Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center in West Dallas. All of the animals will be examined, treated by a veterinarian and cared for until a custody hearing is held on October 2.
If the SPCA is awarded custody of the animals, evaluation for adoption will be made on a case-by-case basis.
Thursday wasn’t the first time rescuers had been to the property. On September 13 an SPCA investigator went to the house, but the animal owner would not grant permission to come inside.
The investigator later said the smell of urine and feces was apparent some 20 feet from the front door.
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