A few of the animals seized by the SPCA on a property in Wills Point. (credit: SPCA of Texas)


WILLS POINT (CBSDFW.COM) – The SPCA of Texas and the Van Zandt County Sheriff’s Department on Tuesday rescued nearly 40 animals in Wills Point.

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Late last week the sheriff’s department asking for assistance with the animal rescue contacted the SPCA.

In all, nearly 40 animals were found living in feces-filled, urine-soaked conditions. Some 37 dogs, two turtles and a bird was confined on the property.

Wills Point is about 45 miles east of Dallas.

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More than a dozen other dogs were being housed in a large, unkept pen outside the trailer. Officials felt those animals were especially at risk given the triple-digit temperatures being experienced across North Texas.

All of the animals were taken to the Perry Animal Care Center in McKinney, where they’ll be examined and cared for until an animal custody hearing on July 7.

Many, if not all, of the animals could be placed up for adoption when and if the SPCA is awarded custody in the case.

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For information on the status of possible animal adoption, click here to check out the SPCA of Texas webpage.