The Houston Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has become involved in a case out of Liberty County, Texas, involving six horses, one donkey, four pigs, two dogs and a cat. In one of the most deplorable cases in awhile, these animals were reported to have been caged, and not only living and sleeping in their own filth and feces, but in some cases, consuming it to survive. They had no food or clean water to sustain them, and had resorted to eating anything they could find out of starvation and dehydration.
The Houston SPCA is currently in custody of these animals, and doing everything in their power to rehabilitate them, including blood tests, de-worming, and vaccinating. All of the animals were visibly emaciated, with ribs and other bones visible through their skin.
The animals were located on a property off of FM 2090 in Liberty County, and while the details of the owners who abandoned them have not yet been released, the spokesperson of the Houston SPCA wants people to know that there's never a reason to let it get so bad that you must abandon your animals because you can no longer care for them.
"Maybe you love your animals and you have too many at some point -- you're not going to be able to take care of them, feed them properly, get the proper vet care," said Meera Nandlal, the SPCA spokesperson, "You can always contact the Houston SPCA if you need to surrender those animals. We can be there to help you in some way."
The owners of the animals are expected to be charged with animal cruelty, and a justice of the peace has placed a judgement of $7,800 against them, which will be used to help reimburse the SPCA for treatment and care of the animals.
The SPCA has a place where citizens may donate to helping these animals if they so wish, and that can be found on their homepage.