KAUFMAN COUNTY (KYTX) -- At a custody hearing today at the Kaufman County Justice of the Peace, Pct. 4 Courthouse in Kemp, Judge Johnny Adams awarded custody of 22 cruelly treated dogs seized from a Kaufman County property last Wednesday to the SPCA of Texas. The SPCA of Texas was awarded $5,767.35 in restitution.
If the animal owner does not file an appeal in the next 10 days, the SPCA of Texas will at that time individually evaluate the animals for adoption or placement on a case by case basis
February 13, under the authority of the Kaufman County Sheriff's Department, the
SPCA of Texas took custody of 22 cruelly treated, neglected dogs and
puppies from a property near Kemp, TX.
Most of the dogs were housed in cruel confinement and are suffering from a variety of health issues due to medical neglect, including eye discharge and other eye issues, enflamed skin and other skin issues, hair loss and long nails.
A deputy with the Kaufman County Sheriff's Department contacted the SPCA of Texas regarding the dogs on February 12 with information regarding the dogs' conditions. An SPCA of Texas Investigator visited the property the same day and concurred with the Kaufman County Sheriff's Department that it was in the dogs' best interest to remove them. During this visit, the SPCA of Texas Investigator observed a deceased dog that had been placed inside a dog food bag. The Kaufman County Sheriff's Department obtained a seizure warrant on Wednesday, February 13, and the SPCA of Texas transported the dogs to the Perry Animal Care Center in McKinney, where they were cared for until Tuesday's custody hearing.