This week, a shelter in Houston, Texas, took in more than 150 animals who had been living in “deplorable” conditions at a rescue agency in Dayton. On January 4, the Houston SPCA updated Facebook followers about the rescue:
Over 150 animals rescued today from Puppy-Dogs-R-Us in Dayton, Texas, are now safely in the care of the Houston SPCA, resting in a clean and comfortable environment. The dogs, cats, and one horse were discovered living in filth and suffering from neglect.
Puppy-Dogs-R-Us, which describes itself as a no-kill animal shelter, is accused of keeping the animals in poor conditions. The Public Information Officer for the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office stated, “Several of the dogs were found outside in wet and muddy pens with no cover or shelter of any kind while at least six cats were found in carriers in a dark building. The land owner told investigators that some of these dogs that were in buildings have not been seen by them in at least three weeks.”
Tara Yurkshat, vice president of animal welfare, Houston SPCA, commented on the situation:
What we found today at this facility is unacceptable. We have a large team of Houston SPCA responders on the ground to rescue these neglected animals who have clearly suffered by not receiving adequate care. We hope we are awarded custody so we can continue their journey towards health, happiness and finding them new homes.
According to the Houston Chronicle, custody of the animals will be determined by the court – the determination of whether or not there will be criminal charges filed will be made by the Liberty County District Attorney. If the situation warrants, the local sheriff’s office plans to “aggressively” pursue animal cruelty charges.
The seized animals are being provided with care by the Houston SPCA veterinary team. The shelter will continue to provide the animals with ongoing care until permanent custody is determined by a Liberty County Judge.
Donations to help the shelter provide for the animals can be made to the shelter at this link.
(Photos via Houston SPCA Facebook page)