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HENDERSON COUNTY (CBSDFW.COM) – The SPCA of Texas and the Henderson County Sheriff’s office seized 48 dogs and puppies from a property near Payne Springs, TX Saturday.

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The SPCA of Texas’ Cruelty Investigations Unit took the dogs to the SPCA of Texas’ Rescue Center, where they are receiving urgent veterinary care.

According to the SPCA of Texas, the dogs were outside the residence in a fenced backyard.

According to the SPCA of Texas, the dogs were living in their own feces and urine and suffering from health issues such as flea infestation, hair loss, eye discharge, and severely overgrown nails.

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After responding to a fire at the residence Thursday, June 9th, authorities contacted the SPCA of Texas for assistance in removing the dogs because their conditions were not in compliance with the Texas Health and Safety Code.

The dogs’ owner gave custody of the animals to the SPCA of Texas Saturday after the Henderson County Sheriff’s office obtained a seizure warrant.

Under the authority of the Henderson County Sheriff’s office, criminal charges may be pending.

According to the SPCA of Texas, they are focusing on rehabilitating the dogs for adoption or placement on a case-by-case basis.

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