SPCA of Texas Seizes 4 Dogs and 1 Donkey from Ellis County Property
(ENNIS, Texas) February 18 --Under the authority of the Ellis County Sheriff's Department, the SPCA of Texas seized four dogs and one donkey from a property in Ennis, Texas.
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Four dogs were confined in a trailer home that was filled two to three inches in feces, urine and debris. The owner did not appear to live on the property, but neighbors told SPCA of Texas investigators that someone came to visit every few days. The dogs were in fair condition, but suffered from hair loss, eye discharge, inflamed skin and long nails. They did not appear to have access to food or water.
One donkey was found in a small pasture without access to food or shelter and there was very little grass in the pasture. He did have access to water, and he was slightly underweight.
The SPCA of Texas received an anonymous complaint regarding the donkey’s conditions, and upon visiting the property, an SPCA of Texas investigator found four dogs living alone in a trailer home. The SPCA of Texas Investigator attempted to contact the owner several times without success.
Lieutenant Toby of the Ellis County Sheriff’s Department also visited the property and concurred with the SPCA of Texas that the animals needed to be removed from the property immediately. Under the authority of the Ellis County Sherriff’s Department, the SPCA of Texas seized the four dogs and one donkey and will properly care for the animals until the custody hearing.
SPCA of Texas vehicles transported the animals to the Perry Animal Care Center at 8411 Stacy Road/FM 720 in McKinney, TX 75070, where they will be examined by medical staff and cared for until the custody hearing.
The custody hearing will take place on Friday, Feb. 25 at 9:45 a.m. at the Ellis County Justice of the Peace, Pct. 3 Courthouse at.101 W. Main St. in Waxahachie, Judge Curtis Polk 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.
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