According to Saturday's Houston Chronicle, dozens of collies were seized from the Tomball, Texas, home of an optometrist on Friday.
When all was said and done, more than 90 dogs were taken from the home and property of Dr. Elaine Kmiec following a court order issued by U.S. District Judge David Jones. According to KHOU News, the woman had claimed to own 35 dogs, but rescuers ran into much more than they had bargained for after finally being able to enter her property.
Vickey Willard, president of Houston Collie Rescue, Inc., described the overwhelming rescue task:
Every time I got a batch out, I'd go back deeper,"
"It kept going on and on. I didn't think we'd ever get them all."
Many of the dogs on the property were in poor condition - dogs were found to be suffering from infections, hot spots, mange, parasites and urine-soaked coats. When the massive effort wrapped up, the rescue agency posted the following update to their Facebook followers:
I can't tell you how hard it was to wash all the stench off. There are not enough words to describe what we saw smelled, endured. I can tell you now the count ended with 90+ collies. We are accepting donations, foster and adoption applications on-line from our website houstoncollierescue.org. At this time the dogs have been released into our care only.
The court order to remove the dogs stemmed from a bankruptcy case. A portion of the order addressed the neglect of Kmiec's dogs:
"Most egregious is the fact that her actions (en)danger the lives of 35 animals who cannot speak or protect themselves,"
"The court cannot condone the use of the bankruptcy process to inflict harm on undeserving creatures."
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