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GRAYSON COUNTY (CBSDFW.COM) – The SPCA of Texas and the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office seized 53 cruelly treated animals from a property in Whiteright, near Sherman in Grayson County.

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The SPCA said the animals include 36 dogs, 10 cats, three roosters, two ducks, one rabbit and one hen.

Grayson County animals seized (SPCA of Texas)

Grayson County animals seized (SPCA of Texas)

The fowl were taken to the Russell H. Perry Animal Care Center in McKinney and the dogs, cats and rabbit were taken to the SPCA of Texas’ Emergency Rescue Center in Dallas.

The animals will now be examined by medical staff and cared for until a custody hearing takes place.

The SPCA of Texas explained in a news release:

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The animals were found living in urine-soaked, feces encrusted pens and wire crates around the property and inside the house on the property. Some animals found inside the residence were living in crates while others ran loose. The animals appear to have varying health issues, including flea infestation, hair loss, extremely long nails and severe eye issues, and a few are underweight.

The SPCA of Texas said an Animal Cruelty Investigator visited the property after the agency received a complaint on Tuesday, October 25.

The investigator made contact with the owner and saw the animals’ living conditions, which were not in compliance with Texas Health and Safety Code, and determined that the animals had been living in that state for a long time.

Grayson County animals seized (SPCA of Texas)

Grayson County animals seized (SPCA of Texas)

The SPCA of Texas and Grayson County Sheriff’s Office sought a seizure warrant to remove the animals for their own safety and well-being.

The custody hearing will be held on Wednesday, November 2 in Sherman.

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