SPCA takes custody of dogs
This morning, under the authority of the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office, the SPCA of Texas took custody of six cruelly treated dogs from a property in Red Oak, Texas. The animals were living inside a feces-filled, urine-soaked house on the property.
The animals appear to be suffering from various issues, including eye discharge, hair loss and overgrown nails.
The Ellis County Sheriff’s Office contacted the SPCA of Texas regarding the dogs’ conditions. Upon further investigation, the SPCA of Texas learned that a neighbor had been providing food for the animals while the animals’ owner was hospitalized and in therapy. The neighbor had been given verbal consent to have care, custody and control of the property and the animals while the owner was away, however, the neighbor has been unable to provide appropriate care for the animals.
Yesterday, the SPCA of Texas and the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office concurred that the animals were cruelly treated due to neglect and cruel confinement and that it was in the animals’ best interest to remove them. The Ellis County Sheriff’s Office sought a seizure warrant and the SPCA of Texas took custody of the animals today. SPCA of Texas vehicles transported the animals to the Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center at 2400 Lone Star Drive, Dallas, TX 75212, where they will be examined by medical staff and cared for until the custody hearing.
The custody hearing will take place on Thursday, June 6 at 10:30 a.m. at the Ellis County Justice of the Peace, Pct. 2 Courthouse at 701 S. I-35, Suite #1 in Waxahachie, TX, Judge Jackie Miller, Jr. presiding.
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.