By MARY RAINWATER
Anderson County law enforcement and animal control officials are continuing to investigate an animal cruelty case after seizing nine dogs from a residence in north Palestine on Monday afternoon following reports of animals living in deplorable conditions.
According to Sheriff Greg Taylor, his office received a call on Friday concerning animals at a residence on Anderson County Road 415.
“We went out there on Friday, but were not able to do anything because of the number of animals involved,” Taylor said. “We obtained a warrant to gain entry into the residence and, on Monday, seized nine dogs, who were taken to the local Humane Society.”
Anderson County Animal Control Officer Colten Covington, along with City of Palestine Animal Control Officer Terry Garner, BARC The Humane Society workers and Sheriff's Office Investigators worked the scene.
“Upon arrival at the scene, about 15 dogs fled the residence and they were able to catch nine of them,” Taylor said. “There were numerous skeletal remains, feces and urine inside the residence.
“The dogs had chewed through the front door and the walls of the house. The house was destroyed.”
The seized dogs, Taylor said, were mainly suffering from mange and “filth.”
The next step, he explained, is a hearing to determine where the dogs will be sent and if charges will be filed against the property owner.
“We are looking at filing charges for animal cruelty,” he said. “We have gotten a lot of calls on this from people in the neighborhood and from animal rights groups, etc.
“It is just sad to see any animals living in these conditions,” he added. “It is likely, at some point, an arrest will be made.”
In the State of Texas, animal cruelty is a felony and punishable by a $10,000 fine and up to two years in jail.