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Numerous neglected dogs removed

The Malakoff News of Malakoff, Texas

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HENDERSON COUNTY-The Henderson County Sheriff's Office and the SPCA of Texas seized 48 dogs and puppies from a property near Payne Springs on June 11.

The SPCA of Texas'

Animal Cruelty Investigations Unit took custody of 31 dogs and 17 puppies and arrived at the SPCA of Texas' Rescue Center the same afternoon, where the animals are receiving the veterinary care they urgently need.

The dogs were found outside the residence on the property in a fenced backyard, running in and out of the residence through holes in the side of the structure. They were living in their own feces and urine, and are suffering from health issues such as flea infestation, hair loss, eye discharge and severely overgrown nails.

The dog's owner, Betty Kennedy, 73, of 109 Shady Shores Dr. in Mabank, faces animal cruelty charges.

The chihuahuas, yorkies, shih tzu and schnauzer mix dogs - males, females, puppies and adults - were living in their own waste, covered with fleas, suffering from mange, had internal parasites and lacked proper water.

After responding to a fire at the property on Thursday, June 9, authorities contacted the SPCA of Texas for assistance removing the dogs and puppies, as the animals' conditions were not in compliance with Texas Health and Safety Code. On Saturday, June 11, the dogs' owner gave custody of the animals to the SPCA of Texas and the Henderson County Sheriff's Office obtained a seizure warrant and served it that day.

Henderson County Sheriff Botie Hillhouse and Deputies Glen Loper, John Haverly and Robert Mayo with SPCA officials from Dallas, captured the dogs, and they were taken to facilities in Dallas.

The warrant to search the premises was signed by Henderson County Justice of the Peace Precinct 5 Milton Adams.

The SPCA of Texas will how focus on rehabilitating the dogs for adoption or placement on a case-by-case basis.

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Original Publication Date: June 17, 2016

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