Duncanville, TX – A custody hearing to determine who would take possession of 108 animals seized from a Duncanville property last Friday was scheduled to take place on Thursday.
But before the parties went to court, an agreement was made and all of the animals which had been seized were relinquished to the SPCA of Texas.
According to the SPCA, the animals were living in deplorable conditions on the property,
The animals–102 dogs and six cats–were being kept in and around three feces-filled, urine-soaked houses on the property, and were not receiving proper food, water or care. The smell of urine and feces was overwhelming throughout the property
By the description provided by SPCA investigators, the animals on the property appear to have been warehoused.
Sadly, the owner of the property was affiliated with a rescue – the animals on the property apparently had once been at animal control facilities and had been “saved”.
From the SPCA,
The SPCA of Texas has received information that the animal owner in this case, was a part of a rescue group and was separated from that group to start her own purported rescue group called Elliot’s Friends Rescue. The animal owner was allegedly transferring animals from at least one municipal shelter. It is important to note that although animal shelters need a license in order to operate in Texas, rescue groups do not. Some licensed shelters are put under such pressure to not euthanize animals for any reason that they end up transferring animals to anyone willing to accept them. Some rescue groups that end up taking more animals than they can reasonably handle then often end up warehousing these animals.
It is crucial to realize that rescues which “save” dogs from kill shelters must actually be in the business of saving – not of warehousing.
The animals which wound up on this property were not living – they were existing. One glance at the photos says more than words are capable of.
Now 108 animals are once again in need of homes.
This time, they need – more so, they deserve – a real home.
These animals will be individually evaluated for potential placement or adoption on a case by case basis.
To help support the SPCA of Texas and its efforts to help abused, neglected and homeless animals and to support the SPCA of Texas’ other programs and services, please visit www.spca.org/helptheanimals. To learn more about the SPCA of Texas, please visit the website at www.spca.org.
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