Update: Former ETX police officer charged with animal cruelty

UPDATE: ANDERSON CO. (KYTX)  -  A former East Texas Police officer who was arrested last week on animal cruelty charges appeared in court Wednesday to hear the outcome of his case where a dozen dogs were living in deplorable conditions.

The property belonged to 46-year-old Terry Glenn Tawater and his ex-wife, Angelita who also appeared in court Wednesday.

Anderson County Justice of the Peace James Wesley ordered all dogs rescued from the property to remain in the custody of the Anderson County Humane Society.

The couple was also fined a total of $1,684.00 . They have 10 days to appeal Judge Wesleys order.

Sheriff's Deputies took at  least 9 dogs from this house. They told CBS 19 when they went inside there were inches of feces and urine on the ground, and the dogs had chewed out the walls to escape. It's one of the worst animal abuse cases they've seen.

Anderson County Sheriff Greg Taylor first entered the house earlier in the week, he calls the conditions deplorable, saying he couldn't spend more than 20 second inside.

Sheriff Taylor says Tawter at one time worked  for the Overton Police Department, and went through a portion of training at the Palestine Police Department but never graduated the program.

While deputies were searching for Tawater, officers spotted him driving and arrested him.

The sheriff says there are about 15 more dogs at the house but they're really tough to catch so they've tried to lure them out by putting things like food out here by the gate. It hasn't worked yet, but they're going to keep on trying.


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