Shelter Forced To Return Over 150 Animals To Rescue Accused Of Neglect

A technical issue is forcing a Texas shelter to return over 150 animals to a rescue agency which is accused of neglect. According to KHOU News, a judge dismissed the case against Puppy-Dogs-R-Us in Dayton after discovering that the search warrant used in the seizure contained the wrong address.

Just a week ago, the Houston SPCA worked hand-in-hand with the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office to remove the plethora of animals from the 20-acre property of Puppy-Dogs-R-Us. Those who participated in the search and seizure described the conditions at the rescue agency’s property as “poor,” and it was noted that the animals were living in filth and suffering from signs of neglect.

Despite the conditions found at the property, the inaccurate address is forcing the shelter to return the animals to the self-described “no kill” rescue group this week.

On Wednesday, the Houston SPCA commented on the situation:

The Houston SPCA is deeply disappointed by the decision to dismiss the recent Puppy-Dogs-R-Us case based on a technical error in the warrant prepared by Liberty County Sheriff’s Office. No evidence or testimony from the Houston SPCA about the conditions of the animals, medical or environmental, was seen or heard by the judge. Per the court order, the animals are being returned to Puppy-Dogs-R-Us today. We remain steadfast in our mission to prevent suffering and cruelty to animals.

The Puppy-Dogs-R-Us organization is said to be “delighted” with the judge’s decision. Both the Houston SPCA and the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office have promised to closely monitor the conditions at the rescue group’s property.

(Photos via Liberty County Sheriff’s Office and the Houston SPCA)

Prior article about this situation at this link.


Penny Eims

Penny is a freelance writer who provided content to her National Dog News column at for 8 years. She is a current contributor to Fido Friendly Magazine, as well as a newly formed website, Pet Rescue Report. Penny is married and she has two rescued German shepherds and two kids.


  1. Virginia Randidi says:

    Does it matter where they were seized??? Come on. These animals were obviously neglected in so many ways. What’s wrong with this judge? Disgusted!!!

  2. Lou Hogan says:

    Once again there is no regard to the animals that have suffered and now will continue to suffer! Where the fu*k is the compassion?

  3. Gwendy says:

    Juris is not being prudent here. the law can overrule if so desired if the evidence outweighs the type of error. the judge is just a jackass like those who run the puppy mill are pos’s.

  4. Christine McNichol says:

    Our judicial system at its best…what a disappointment. 🙁

  5. Debbie Hallmark says:

    The main priority is the dogs
    PLEASE don’t leave them in a bad place

  6. Pat Lukes says:

    Obviously, the Judge is not thinking about the animals. I get the reason, but there’s got to be a better solution.

  7. Gail King says:

    Omg what idiot thinks this is okay to do? How can you allow this to happen to those innocent animals. This is ludicrous! Totally not right. Where is the laws and enforecement of them?

  8. Lisa says:

    Volunteer, foster and donate!
    No rescue can do it alone!

    1. Judy Allen says:

      Exactly my thoughts.Help these people trying to keep the dogs from death.

  9. Gina mulder says:

    Why not reissue the warrant with the correct address?

  10. Elisa Black-Taylor says:

    So I guess the rescue status should be changed from “no-kill” to “die a slow death.” Very sad. Maybe they can go back in to this address get the animals out again.

  11. Lisa Blanck says:

    What the hell is wrong with the Judge,did you lose his mind What Bull shit.

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