HOUSTON – Dozens of dogs and cats were seized from a northwest Houston home Wednesday, according to Harris County Constable Precinct 5 authorities.
Acting on a tip, more than 40 suffering dogs and cats were removed from a home in the 8500 block of Kempridge Street in Spring Branch, according to officials. In all, officials said 38 dogs and seven cats were taken from the home.
"Based on my experience with these situations, these animals have been in these conditions for years," Sgt. Charles Jantzen with Harris County Constable Precinct 5 Animal Crimes Unit said.
The Houston Humane Society said it's one of the worst cases of neglect some on their team members have ever witnessed.
"They’ve never seen dogs in this condition found in one household," Houston Humane Society marketing manager Angelina Saucedo said.
The animals were removed and will be treated for health problems.
“It is sad to see these animals, unable to seek help on their own, trapped in deplorable conditions like this,” Constable Ted Heap said. “That’s why we established the Animal Cruelty Task Force, to remove animals from abusive situations such as this.”
Authorities said the animals were living in "filthy conditions" inside the home.
The animals were taken to the Houston Humane Society for evaluations. Many of the animals were "sick, malnourished and/or suffering from serious skin conditions," officials said.
An investigation is ongoing to determine who is responsible for keeping the animals in the conditions.
You can report animal abuse, neglect, hoarding or torture at www.927PAWS.org or by calling 832-927-PAWS (7297).