Commerce City Manager Marc Clayton says an inspector representing the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) visited the shelter and gave positive comments to Clayton, with a favorable formal report expected soon. Following the recent controversy concerning the shelter, a complaint had been filed. Mayor Dr. John Ballotti acknowledges that he made an error in not allowing citizens to speak concerning the shelter at the council's most recent meeting, and says if they appear at the next meeting, November 18, they'll be allowed to speak.
A warrant for the arrest of former Frank Barchard Memorial Animal Shelter proprietor Jo Ann "Jody" McIntier remains active, according to the Hunt County clerk's office.
Jody McIntier, 61, of Wolfe City, and Joel Glenn McIntier, 21, of Wolfe City, have both been charged with cruelty to non-livestock animals, a Class A Misdemeanor.
Joel McIntier was served with an arrest warrant on Sept. 18 and was released on a personal recognizance bond. The first hearing in his case is scheduled for 9 a.m. on Oct. 15 at the Hunt County Court No. 2 in Greenville.
Over 200 animals seized from an animal shelter in Wolfe City are now in the custody of the Texas SPCA.
In a custody hearing Thursday morning, Judge Sheila Linden awarded the custody of the animals, which were seized from Frank Barchard Animal Shelter on the morning of July 23, to the SPCA along with $61,876 in restitution for conducting an investigation, hiring expert witnesses, and for the care and housing of the animals.