4 dogs, 1 donkey seized from property; Judge Polk to hold custody hearing
ENNIS - Four dogs and one donkey were seized from property on the 3400 block of FM 85, in Ennis, under the authority of the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office and the Society of Prevention and Cruelty to Animals Friday, Feb. 18.
The dogs were confined in a trailer filled two to three inches high in feces, urine and debris.
According to a news release issued by the SPCA, the owner did not appear to live on the property but neighbors reported to investigators someone came to visit every few days.
The dogs are reported to be in fair condition, suffering from hair loss, eye discharge, inflamed skin and long nails.
Food and water access was denied.
One donkey was found on a small pasture without access to food or shelter and according to the SPCA, there was very little grass in the pasture.
The donkey appeared to be slightly underweight but, did have access to water.
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.
Lieutenant Michael Toby of the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office also visited the property and concurred with the SPCA of Texas the animals needed to be removed from the property immediately.
Attempts to contact the owner of the property were unsuccessful.
Under the authority of the ECSO, the SPCA of Texas seized the four dogs and one donkey and will properly care for the animals until the custody hearing.
The animals were transported to the Perry Animal Care Center located at 8411 Stacy Road/ FM 720 in McKinney 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.