By Scott Harvey
Quinlan – A custody hearing is set for Wednesday following last week's seizure of 65 dogs and one cat from a property near Quinlan. Four dog carcasses and at least a dozen gravesites that may have held multiple bodies were also found on the property.
According to the SPCA, The dogs did not have access to food or appropriate water, were not receiving appropriate veterinary care, did not have adequate shelter and some were cruelly confined. Many of the dogs were suffering from hair loss, eye discharge, and some were extremely thin. Also, the outdoor kennel areas and sheds on the property were covered in feces, sometimes up to five or six inches deep.
The SPCA learned of the animals' situation after receiving an anonymous complaint.
The animals are currently being cared for at Perry Animal Care Center in McKinney. Should the SPCA be awarded custody, the animals would be individually evaluated for potential adoption or placement on a case by case basis.
Wednesday's hearing begins at 10:30 a.m. at the Hunt County Justice of the Peace, Pct. 4 Courthouse located at 112 E. Main St. in Quinlan. Judge Hershey Barnett will be presiding.