UPDATE: Hunt Co. Judge grants SPCA custody of 222 animals

UPDATE: HUNT COUNTY (KYTX)- At a custody hearing today at the Hunt County Justice Center in Greenville, Judge Sheila Linden found that the 222 animals seized from the Frank Barchard Memorial Shelter on July 23 had been cruelly treated and awarded custody of the animals to the SPCA of Texas. 

The judge also awarded $61,876.60 in restitution to the SPCA of Texas for the cost of investigation, expert witnesses, housing and care for the animals from the time of the seizure to the hearing in accordance with Texas Health and Safety Code. 

However, the SPCA of Texas does not expect to receive any of this money to help offset costs. If the animal owner does not file an appeal in the next ten days, the SPCA of Texas would at that time individually evaluate the animals for adoption or placement on a case by case basis. If the animal owner does file an appeal in the next ten days, that hearing will take place at a later date, and that court's ruling will be final.

Under the authority of the Hunt County Constable, the SPCA of Texas is seized 222 cruelly treated animals: 166 dogs, 43 cats, 14 kittens and 13 puppies, on Wednesday, July 23 from the Frank Barchard Memorial Shelter in Wolfe City. Of these animals, two kittens, one cat and one puppy were found deceased on the property.

Many of the animals were being cruelly confined in kennels, pens and other enclosures outdoors and inside two buildings on the property. The animals were also suffering from medical neglect.

One un-air conditioned building contained 89 animals. 15 cats were found to be living in a three-level wire cage that was encrusted in feces. A deceased puppy was found in one feces-filled kennel, along with a second, living puppy. Dozens of dogs were found living in groups in several pens inside this building.

One air conditioned building contained 26 animals found to be living in various rooms and cages. There was a strong odor of ammonia inside this building.

More than 100 dogs were found living in groups in several feces-filled pens outside.

Many of the animals appear to be suffering from open wounds, eye discharge, nasal discharge, hair loss, open surgery incisions, matted hair, tick infestation, long nails and other issues. Some are underweight and some were missing eyes.

On July 16, Investigators from the SPCA of Texas and the Hunt County Constable visited the property to conduct an inspection as a part of an ongoing investigation spanning almost one year. The SPCA of Texas' Investigator and the Hunt County Constable found the animals to be cruelly confined and medically neglected and determined that it was in the animals' best interest to obtain a warrant and remove the animals immediately.

SPCA of Texas vehicles transported the animals to the Perry Animal Care Center at 8411 Stacy Road in McKinney, TX 75070, where they were examined by medical staff and cared for until the custody hearing.


(FROM SPCA OF TEXAS) - Under the authority of the Hunt County Constable, the SPCA of Texas is seizing approximately 150 dogs and cats today from a property in Hunt County, north of Greenville.

Many of the dogs are being cruelly confined in kennels and pens outdoors and inside a building on the property and many of the animals appear to be suffering from open wounds, eye discharge and other issues. The water provided to many of the animals appears to be contaminated. On July 16, Investigators from the SPCA of Texas and the Hunt County Constable visited the property to conduct an inspection as a part of an ongoing investigation spanning almost 1 year. The SPCA of Texas' Investigator and the Hunt County Constable and found the animals to be cruelly confined and medically neglected and determined that it was in the animals' best interest to obtain a warrant and remove the animals immediately.

SPCA of Texas vehicles will transport the animals to the Perry Animal Care Center at 8411 Stacy Road in McKinney, TX 75070 later today, where they will be examined by medical staff and cared for until a custody hearing is held.

If the SPCA of Texas is awarded custody of the animals, they would be individually evaluated for potential adoption or placement on a case by case basis.


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