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FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – The Humane Society of North Texas was awarded full custody and ownership of 218 animals seized last week in Callahan County.  A judge made the decision during a hearing Friday.

On Thursday, October 13, Humane Society of North Texas assisted Callahan County Sheriff, Abilene Police Department, Animal Control Services, and Rescue the Animals SPCA, in seizing the animals that were living in deplorable conditions.

A search and seizure warrant was served on AM Farmers Sanctuary and owner Mindy Marquez.  Marquez cannot own any animals for two years.  An appeal bond was set at $68,000 during the hearing.

Officials from Callahan County Sheriff testified in Friday’s hearing that they have dropped animals at the facility in the past, according to an HSNT news release.

“We are relieved to have custody so that these animals can get the care they deserve. When they are well, we will get the word out that they are ready and reach out to the community to help find loving homes.” said Sandy Shelby, Executive Director, Humane Society of North Texas.

Callahan Co. animal rescue (HSNT)

Callahan Co. animal rescue (HSNT)

HSNT said Monetary donations are still greatly needed for these animals who are suffering from neglect, malnourishment, sarcoptic and demodec mange, heartworm, hookworms, and intestinal problems.

Donations can be made here.

HSNT said it removed 162 dogs, 25, cats, 7 donkeys, 7 pot bellied pigs, 6 goats, 1 rooster, 3 rabbits, 1 rat, 3 reptiles, and 3 ducks.

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