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.