Two people associated with the recently closed Frank Barchard Memorial Animal Shelter are now facing criminal charges.
Jo Ann McIntier, 61, of Wolfe City, and Joel Glenn McIntier, 21, of Wolfe City, have both been charged with two counts of cruelty to non-livestock animals.
The charges allege that in July of this year, the two “intentionally, knowingly or recklessly failed unreasonably to provide food, water, care or shelter for an animal.” In this case, the animals are dogs and cats in the care of the shelter.
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.
Haslett: The Frank Barchard Memorial Animal Shelter in Wolfe City is the only no-kill animal shelter in Hunt County. The future of that operation is in doubt. On Wednesday, all animals in the care of the shelter were seized in a cooperative effort involving Hunt County law enforcement and the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Texas.
Davies: There were 222 animals seized, and that’s 166 dogs, 43 cats, 14 kittens and 13 puppies.
Northeast Texas voters Tuesday approved a proposition for the sale of alcohol in one city, the increase of a one quarter of one cent sales tax in another, and for the third time in three years; failed to pass a major school bond item.
The Hunt County Sheriff’s Department is reporting an emergency landing of an aircraft in a field west of Wolfe City. A call of a possible plane crash was received just before 9am Thursday. The Sheriff and Wolfe City Police responded to the call and determined the aircraft had engine problems and had to make an emergency landing in a pasture along FM816 west of Wolfe City.
The pilot was identified as Tommy Spradlin with Darrell Reed as the passenger. No injuries were reported.