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DALLAS COUNTY (CBSDFW.COM) – The SPCA of Texas has taken custody of 32 dogs and puppies that they say were “cruelly confined” on a property in Dallas County.

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The discovery was made when members of the Lancaster Police Department went to the property in the southeast part of the county on an unrelated matter. After getting a seizure warrant the SPCA returned to the property with officers.

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(credit: SPCA of Texas)

In all, rescuers found 17 dogs and 15 puppies. Some of the animals were living in a house that was urine-soaked and filled with feces. Other animals were kept in kennels in a garage and another dog was simply left outside, chained to a tree.

(credit: SPCA of Texas)

Veterinarians say some of the puppies appear to be suffering from potentially life-threatening medical issues. The other dogs and puppies have varying health problems, including flea infestation, hair loss, extremely long nails and skin sores.

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All of the animals were taken to the SPCA of Texas Animal Rescue Center in Dallas to be further examined and taken care of until a custody hearing is held next week.