For the second time in less than five years, dozens of animals have been rescued from the same property in Royse City, Texas, reported Wednesday's CBS 11 News.
Crammed into the residence were 57 dogs, 26 cats, five puppies and one kitten - the conditions inside of the home were deplorable.
The SPCA of Texas, acting under the authority of the Hunt County Constable's Office, seized all of the animals who were on the property.
According to the SPCA, most of the dogs were confined to urine and feces saturated crates - a litter of five puppies and their mother, were forced to utilize one crate.
The SPCA of Texas measured the ammonia level in the residence to be 62 parts per million (ppm). As a point of reference, short term exposure to any ammonia level over 20 ppm or long term exposure to any level over 12 ppm can cause health problems in humans.
The rescuing agency stated:
The dogs and cats appear to have varying health issues, including hair loss, flea infestation, and nose and eye discharge.
The SPCA of Texas seized 45 animals from this same property on October 15, 2010. Unfortunately, there is nothing in Texas state law that prevents people who have previously had animals seized civilly from them from starting over and acquiring more animals.
SPCA of Texas vehicles transported the animals to the Perry Animal Care Center at 8411 Stacy Road in McKinney, TX, where they are being examined by medical staff and will be cared for until the custody hearing.
The custody hearing will take place on Monday, March 10 at 10 a.m. at the Hunt County Justice of the Peace, Pct. 1 Courthouse at 2801 Stuart Street, Greenville, TX 75401, Judge Wayne Money presiding.
If the SPCA of Texas is awarded custody of the animals, they would be individually evaluated for potential adoption or placement on a case by case basis.
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