The SPCA Seized 89 Animals From a Filthy Royse City Home Yesterday

Categories: Animal Welfare

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SPCA of Texas
Somehow, a coating of grime makes puppies even more adorable than they would be otherwise. It's like they're fresh off a delightful romp in a mud puddle, or maybe through the White Rock dog park on a particularly dusty day.

But the puppies in the picture above have probably never seen a mud puddle, much less a dog park -- just a filthy cage in a cluttered Royse City home.

The SPCA of Texas rescued the dogs, along with 57 of their brethren and 27 cats (89 animals in all) on Wednesday morning.

The animal welfare group found most of the dogs living in "feces- and urine-filled crates" inside the "feces-filled, urine-soaked residence." Several others roamed the house freely. Outside, one was kept in a pen, another was found shut in a parked car.

The cats were kept in a separate room, which looked like this:

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This wasn't the first time the SPCA had been to the home. In 2010, they rescued 45 animals from the property, and they've spent the past year working with the homeowner -- whom the organization does not identify -- to improve conditions inside the home. In December, they convinced the individual to surrender a dozen dogs, but that did nothing to remedy the situation.

When SPCA showed up on Wednesday, the dogs and cats were suffering from "varying health issues, including hair loss, flea infestation, and nose and eye discharge." They were also breathing air that SPCA found to have an ammonia level of 62 parts per million. For reference, the threshold at which prolonged exposure can be harmful to humans is 12 ppm.

The animals were taken to Perry Animal Care Center in McKinney for treatment. A custody hearing will take place on Monday morning in Greenville, after which the SPCA will make them available for adoption, provided the group wins.

Not that that will necessarily be the end of it. As the SPCA points out in a press release, there's nothing stopping the homeowner from starting an entirely new animal collection.

Here are a few more photos:

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donjames2011
donjames2011

I understand loving animals. We have two small dogs and we take very good care of them. We feed them properly, take them to the vet when they need shots, and generally love them like children. No, we are not well-to-do, we are both retired and live on a fixed income, but these little boys are like family to us. It breaks my heart to see animals forced to live like this. How could anyone do something like this?

casiepierce
casiepierce

Poo poo covered puppies are never cute.


brianerbe20
brianerbe20

Bad thing is theyve lived in a tent as the animals took the house over for a year

ozonelarryb
ozonelarryb

All those animals packed in deplorable conditions, squeezed mercilessly. And no obvious warring, etc. So much for calling them lesser species.

ruddski
ruddski

IMHO, after the first contact, then for her to own even a SINGLE animal, even a pet cockroach, would be an actionable offense. Like probation, she would be checked periodically.

They do this with molesters, abusers, probationers.

Petition your representatives to enact this law ASAP. That's the only way to stop repeats, they have to be PROACTIVE, this sort of stuff is bullshit.

duanewmurphy
duanewmurphy

Anybody with that many animals in their house should be publicly named and shamed.

putt4do
putt4do

Absolutely horrid! Unbelievable that someone would do that to animals. Obviously a very sick person. 

MaxNoDifference
MaxNoDifference

Oh my God, My Mother in Law has been reincarnated.  Those pictures and descriptions could have come from the place she lived in up in Fannin County.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

waiting for the "if we cared about humans as much as we do animals, the world would be a better place" people

NewsDog
NewsDog

MEMO:  To: Girlfriend

I know it's sad but NO, you can't adopt any.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

Don't even try it today, y'all!  Myrna's cats are in a clean, comfortable, and lovely home.  People that collect 89 animals and let them live in such squalor are deranged and abusers, even though they may actually love each and every one of those poor little creatures.

P1Gunter
P1Gunter

And the citizens of Dallas care about Royse City why?

casiepierce
casiepierce

@duanewmurphy No. You don't accomplish anything by publicly shaming a hoarder. This is a person who needs psychological care, not a shaming.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

@duanewmurphy  One should keep only as many animals that one is capable of caring for in entirety, including feeding, cleaning, vet visits, and keeping them comfortable and happy.  If you're able to care for only one, keep one.  In my case, six cats is my limit and I know it.

observist
observist topcommenter

@ScottsMerkin If you look around the thread and you don't know who the "if we cared about humans as much as we do animals, the world would be a better place" person is, then it's you.

The_triplefake_Brandon_Eley
The_triplefake_Brandon_Eley

@P1Gunter This blog is on a thing called the internet and it allows people all over the world to read about stuff.  Of course, you could start your own unfair myopic park blog.     

ruddski
ruddski

@Myrna

Good one.

FYI, my youngest is a vet tech, considering U of A for veterinarian, unless she, like her bro, goes into human medicine. She has two rescue dogs, two rescue cats plus the rescue cat she brought me, which I just gave back. In Texas, I had four rescue dogs. In Vermont, two rescue cats.

Can you top that?

BTW, if I showed her this article, she'd first cry, then drive to Texas and humanely euthanize this woman, she knows how, does it weekly.

All that aside, even you and I can agree, this shit sucks. But complaining or outrage does nothing. PETITION YOUR LEGISLATURE as I suggested earlier

P1Gunter
P1Gunter

It's not the Royse City Observer for a reason. I don't like animal cruelty either but it is constant in Pleasant Grove and South Dallas. Let's start there before we worry about Royse City.

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

@ruddski  

Our friend tells us that they have the moral support of the sheriff's office behind them but there is nothing they can do "officially" unless they see or hear of actual physical abuse.

I am appalled at the amount of neglected animals I've seen since I moved to Texas and I definitely see a different mentality towards animals / livestock from the way stock was treated on the dairy farms I grew up on and around in the mid-west.

I'm afraid that it's going to be a long time before we see any significant change in legislation regarding animal rights / abuse areas in Texas.

*sigh*

ruddski
ruddski

@Credible

Well, the new horses will probably be "better" until they aren't. Same old same old with some people.

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

@ruddski  

My wife and I recently helped a friend "convince" her rural neighbors to "sell" their 2 malnourished and abused horses to a group of concerned neighbors. Truly, a maddening situation as I can see that these people seem to have no problem maintaining several newish automobiles.

Even more distressing is that although we offered them quite a good price for all of the tack that they shouldn't be needing anymore, we were rebuffed because they plan on getting some "better" horses in the near future.

leftocenter
leftocenter

And YOU intelligence explains everything else...

whocareswhatithink
whocareswhatithink

@NewsDog @P1Gunter Gunter you are a idiot, the reason, its most likely here is because its a story from the SPCA Texas and I'm guessing because SPCA Texas has 2 locations in Dallas and 1 in Waxahachie, it was the Dallas employees looking into this case.....Im assuming they with have a Rockwall observer before a royse city... In the mean time, I guess Rockwall & Royce city will share the "Dallas" observer.



However, you intelligence, only confirms my belief of liking animals more than people.

NewsDog
NewsDog

@P1Gunter  So why aren't you over on the thread about the murdered teacher? That happened in New Mexico.  It's not the New Mexico Observer.

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