VAN ZANDT COUNTY, TX (CBSDFW.COM) – Found in a small dirty mobile home filled with feces, urine and other debris, 12 dogs who have not had access to food and water for days are now safe.
The Texas SPCA removed them from a trailer on a property in Van Zandt County, Texas. The organization measured the level of ammonia inside the trailer at 215 parts per million (ppm). For reference, short-term exposure to any level of ammonia above 20 ppm or long-term exposure to any level above 12 ppm can cause health problems in humans.
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Unsurprisingly, the dogs suffer from a variety of health issues including hair loss, a flea infestation, extremely long fingernails, and several appeared emaciated with their hips and spines visible.
The owner of the animals was arrested on June 6, 2021 and made no arrangements for the care of the animals. On Friday, June 11, the Van Zandt County Sheriff’s Office was alerted to the animals and immediately notified the SPCA.
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Texas SPCA animal cruelty investigators visited the property on Saturday, June 12 and provided the animals with food and water. The Texas SPCA arranged for a neighbor to assist the next day and gathered the resources to remove all animals. On June 14, investigators visited the owner of the animal in prison and he agreed to immediately turn the animals over to the Texas SPCA.
The dogs have been transported to the Texas SPCA’s Russell E. Dealey Animal Rescue Center, where they will be examined by medical staff and cared for until they are ready for adoption or placed on a case-by-case basis.
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Criminal charges should be laid in this case.