UPDATE: On Thursday, August 3, Keller Police detectives arrested Deborah K. Thompson, of Keller, on a charge of Cruelty to Non-Livestock Animals, the result of an investigation into 111 animals seized from the woman’s home last month.
The investigation revealed that Ms. Thompson failed to provide the animals with the food, water, care and shelter required to maintain their health. Cruelty to Non-Livestock Animals is a Class “A” misdemeanor and Ms. Thompson’s bond has been set at $20,000.
The animals — at final count, 27 dogs and 84 cats — were taken into protective custody on July 24 after police responded to complaints of a foul odor at 341 Anita Ave. and ultimately executed a search warrant. Keller Regional Animal Services and the Humane Society of North Texas have been caring for them since, a nearly $40,000 undertaking.
“We are so fortunate to have this incredible partnership with the Humane Society of North Texas,” KPD Captain Tommy Simmons said. “We can’t thank them enough for the work they’ve done on this case.”
In a custody hearing today, all 111 animals that were seized in July were awarded to the Humane Society of North Texas, who will now manage their adoptions.
KELLER (CBSDFW.COM) – More than 100 animals were rescued from a Keller home after Regional Animal Services officers responded to complaints of a foul odor on the property.
The first officers on the scene found several animals sitting inside a vehicle at the home with the engine turned off. The homeowner would not let officers inside, but they were able to get a search warrant.
Officers recovered 26 dogs and 84 cats after searching the property. All of the animals are now being evaluated by a veterinarian and receiving needed treatment. Once they are ready, the animals will be available for adoption through the Humane Society of North Texas.
KRLD’s Kelli Wiese spoke with Sandy Shelby from the Humane Society of North Texas about the rescue on Tuesday.
Keller Animal Services and Keller Police Department are working to determine if any criminal charges will be brought against the homeowner.
The Humane Society of North Texas is accepting donations to help care for these and other animals they have rescued. They are in need of clay non-clumping cat litter, kitten and cat canned food, cat toys and hammocks, fleece blankets, and stainless steel cat bowls.
You can make a monetary donation to the Humane Society of North Texas by clicking on this link.