The dogs were cruelly confined, were not receiving adequate care and were forced to live in their own filth inside a feces-filled, urine-soaked home on the property. Most of the dogs are suffering from eye discharge, flea infestation, long nails, severely matted fur and skin conditions. Approximately 60 of the dogs were confined to crates, and some crates included up to seven dogs.
The stench of ammonia was so intense that investigators wore personal protective equipment, including breathing apparatuses while inside the home. The SPCA of Texas measured the ammonia level in the residence to be 67 parts per million (ppm). As a point of reference, short term exposure to any ammonia level over 20 ppm or long term exposure to any level over 12 ppm can cause health problems in humans.
Puppy mill owners breed dogs for the purpose of selling the puppies for a profit, and the living conditions of the dogs comes a distant second. If you suspect you've found a puppy mill, the SPCA of Texas encourages you to report inhumane conditions and animal neglect to your local law enforcement agency and to the SPCA of Texas at www.spca.org/knowpuppymills.
The Henderson County Sheriff's Office contacted the SPCA of Texas on Wednesday, December 12 in an effort to support an ongoing investigation. Information sharing and joint efforts between the Henderson County Attorney's Office, Adult Probation Office, Sheriff's Office and SPCA of Texas Investigators led the Henderson County Sheriff's Office Animal Control Deputy to obtain a search warrant and animal seizure order on Monday, December 17. The SPCA of Texas removed the animals and transported them to the SPCA of Texas' Perry Animal Care Center at 8411 Stacy Road, McKinney, TX, where they will be cared for until the custody hearing.
The custody hearing will be held on Friday, December 21 at 10:30 a.m. at the Henderson County Justice of the Peace Pct. 4 Courthouse at 12103 FM 315, Poynor, TX.
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