HUNT COUNTY - Inadequate food, water, shelter or care is why the SPCA says they teamed with authorities to seize 249 animals Wednesday near the Kaufman County line just north of Terrell.
186 of those animals were of various fowl species, 32 were rabbits, 13 cats, 11 dogs and seven piglets. Various images of the animals and conditions were added to the SPCA's Flickr page.
Acting on a tip, officials with the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals investigated the property and confirmed the abuse. According to a release, they attempted to work with the owner to bring the animals' conditions into compliance, but upon return nearly two weeks later conditions had deteriorated.
"The odor of feces was strong throughout the property. Dogs, cats, fowl and rabbits were living in feces-filled, overcrowded conditions in pens, cages and coops. Most of the animals were housed outside on the property, all of which was covered in feces and urine. Several dogs were living in make-shift pens made of chicken wire."
No arrests have been made in the case.
The animals have been transported to the Perry Animal Care Center in McKinney where they’ll remain at least until Tuesday’s custody hearing in Greenville, scheduled for 1 p.m. in front of Judge Sheila Linden.
In most cases, should the SPCA receive custody the animals will be evaluated and potentially offered for adoption.