HOUSTON - An investigation is underway after several animals were found neglected or injured at a southeast Houston farmhouse after police received complaints from neighbors.
Houston police officers spotted some animals on the property in the 11000 block of Sesame Street near South Acres Drive. When officers pulled up to the residence when a group of people ran away.
A Houston Police Department patrolman who was responding to a different call noticed a crowd gathered.
"He sees a group of people circled around like you would in a schoolyard fight," said police Sgt. Jason Aldrete.
Police detained three people.
The Police Department Major Offenders Animal Abuse Squad said it found 10 dogs two of which were severely injured and bleeding, and a severely malnourished horse.
Aldrete said a blood trail that was 50 to 75 feet long" stretched from the front of the property to the backyard.
“He’s obviously not taking care of the horses all the way. He’s not rehabilitating them. They are dying," Aldrete said, as he stood near what he said were the skeletal remains of a horse.
Law enforcement officers had been at the house in the past, but Aldrete said that, during Friday's visit, "We saw them actually fighting dogs."
Several of the dogs were being housed in multiple kennels on the property.
Aldrete said police received help from Brent Edwards, the brother of one of the men on the property.
"One of the people in the crowd corroborated and said there was a dogfight and that his brother was getting these two dogs to bump up against each other and fight," he said.
When Channel 2 Investigates asked Edwards how often his brother had the dogs fight, Edwards said, "He don’t fight them all the time."
When asked if he had been fighting them Friday morning, Edwards said, "Yeah, he was making them scrap at each other. It’s not an organized fight." When reminded that's still a fight, Edwards said, "Yeah, amongst two dogs."
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