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Denton County Deputies Seize Hundreds Of Neglected Dogs

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(credit: Peggy Brown Community Outreach and Education)

(credit: Peggy Brown
Community Outreach and Education)

CELINA (CBSDFW.COM) - Sheriffs deputies in Denton County seized hundreds of neglected animals from makeshift pins and kennels Thursday morning.

The Humane Society of North Texas and authorities say it’s one of the worst cases of animal neglect and abuse they have seen. All the dogs were taken from a home purporting to offer a place of refuge under the name Animal Guardians of America.

The home belongs to a woman named Annette Lambert. A complaint led to a search warrant of her home. The conditions for the dogs were deemed so deplorable, authorities are now looking at possible charges of criminal neglect of the animals for Lambert.

“It’s the worst we’ve seen in a while. The whole house has feces everywhere. The worst I’ve ever seen,” said Denton County Sheriff Will Travis.

A former volunteer of Animal Guardians of America, Melissa Kelley says the no-kill animal rescue group hoarded dogs it didn’t have the resources to take care of.

“She doesn’t think anything’s wrong out here. That’s the whole deal. Because it’s her mind,” said Kelley of Lambert. “She thinks she’s taking care of them, to feed them once a day, or every other day.”

In 2011, according to the group’s website, it rescued more than 2,000 dogs in an 11-year period.

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