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SPCA Seizes 106 Allegedly Cruelly Treated Animals From Ellis County Property

June 07, 2018 - 4:25 pm

DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - The SPCA of Texas and Ellis County Sheriff's Office seized 106 allegedly cruelly treated animals from an Ellis County property yesterday. The SPCA also took custody of the animals.

The animals include 47 goats, 24 hens, 17 ducks, five chicks, three cats, two dogs, two miniature horses, two llamas, one goose, and one pig. The animals will be evaluated and remain in the SPCA's care until the custody hearing on Tuesday, June 12th.

"The majority of the animals were found in various makeshift pens littered with trash and debris, with little to no access to appropriate food or water. The miniature horses were in a separate pen, with no access to food or water. The cats were found roaming freely inside the house on the property. The animals appear to be suffering from various health issues, including missing feathers, eye discharge and nasal discharge, and the majority appeared to be significantly underweight," according to a release sent out by the SPCA of Texas.

A complaint was first filed with the SPCA back on May 19th, and they began working with the property owners to help educate them on proper feeding and care of the animals. Ellis County Sheriff's Office also began to periodically monitor the animal's condition. After learning additional information about the case on May 24, 2018, the SPCA of Texas determined it was the animals' best interest to remove them and the Ellis County Sheriff's Office concurred. At this time, the SPCA of Texas began gathering resources to remove the animals. The SPCA of Texas' investigator sought and obtained a seizure warrant on June 5, 2018, and executed the warrant yesterday.