Lancaster: SPCA of Texas Granted Custody of 1 Horse
(LANCASTER, TX); Oct. 13, 2010--At a hearing today at the Dallas County Justice of the Peace, Pct.1-2 Courthouse in Lancaster, Judge Valencia Nash awarded custody of a horse seized under the authority of the Dallas County Constable's office, Pct. 1-2 from a Dallas property on Tuesday, Oct. 12, to the SPCA of Texas.
Judge Nash also awarded restitution in the amount of $939.40 to the SPCA of Texas. However, the SPCA of Texas does not expect to actually receive any of this money to help offset costs
The hearing date and time, which had been scheduled for Friday, Oct. 15 at 10 a.m., was moved to today by the court.
Texas state statute states the owners have the right to appeal this court's decision within the next ten days. If no appeal is filed during that time, then the SPCA of Texas will begin the process of evaluating the horse for potential adoption or placement.
The horse is suffering from severely overgrown hooves due to lack of appropriate care. This condition is exceedingly painful and causes very limited mobility for the horse. The horse’s tail and mane are extremely matted. SPCA of Texas investigators report that the tail is so severely matted that the horse can barely “swish” it due to the amount of debris build up. The matting has also caused a skin infection under the horse's mane.
On Monday, Oct. 11, SPCA of Texas Chief Investigator, Colby Grady, received a call from Dallas County Deputy Constable, Glen McGee, informing him of a horse that was down on a property in Dallas.
Deputy Constable McGee and Chief Investigator Grady visited the property the same day. Deputy Constable McGee spoke to the owner’s neighbor who stated that the owner comes by once a day to feed the horses and that is all. Deputy Constable McGee left notice for the owner to contact him immediately.
On Tuesday, Oct. 12, Deputy Constable McGee contacted Chief Investigator Grady and advised that he had not heard from the owner. Deputy Constable McGee requested the assistance of the SPCA of Texas and stated that he would obtain a warrant to seize the animal from the property. Chief Investigator Grady agreed that it was in the animal’s best interest for a seizure warrant to be obtained by the Constable and for the horse to be removed immediately.
An SPCA of Texas vehicle transported the horse to the Perry Animal Care Center in McKinney, TX, where it was examined by medical staff and cared for until the custody hearing.
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The SPCA of Texas is the leading animal welfare agency in North Texas. The non-profit organization operates two shelters and two spay/neuter clinics located in Dallas and McKinney, and maintains a team of five animal cruelty investigators to respond to thousands of calls in eight North Texas counties. Moreover, the SPCA of Texas serves as an active resource center for an array of services that bring people and animals together to enrich each others’ lives. The SPCA of Texas is not affiliated with any other entity and does not receive general operating funds from the City of Dallas, State of Texas, federal government or any other humane organization. The SPCA of Texas is dedicated to providing every animal exceptional care and a loving home.
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