150 animals rescued from facility near Dayton, Houston SPCA says
DAYTON, Texas – The Facebook page shows a loving organization devoted to animals. A rescue group whose mission statements says "everyone here are happy, healthy and ready for new homes." But the Houston SPCA says otherwise.
"Conditions are completely deplorable. We've seen animals walking in their own waste, standing on top of kennels, trying to escape their flooded enclosures," Kerry McKeel with Houston SPCA said.
The SPCA joined the Liberty County Sheriff's Office as it served a civil warrant Wednesday, and removed over 150 animals they say have been severely neglected.
"These animals will have a much better night tonight than they did last night," Capt. Ken DeFoor said.
There's even burn piles behind the home.
"As the animals pass away, they've been thrown on this burn pile -- some small bones out there," DeFoor said.
DeFoor says the home is no stranger to deputies. They have been out here several times issuing warnings since 2009.
"Sometimes they will be corrected, then we'll come out the next time, and there will be another problem," DeFoor said.
He says he believes the owners have their hearts in the right place. They just couldn't keep up.
"They wanted to take in these animals, take care of them, perhaps adopt them out, but at some point, it became overwhelming to them," DeFoor said.
But he says that's no reason to let the situation get this bad.
The animals are now headed to their new, possibly permanent, home at the SPCA.
A civil warrant was served Wednesday, so charges have not yet been filed -- that will be up to a judge to decide next Tuesday.
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