SAN ANGELO, TX – Forty dogs, including several puppies, were removed from a property outside of San Angelo on Tuesday by the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals).
A press release by ASPCA did not include the location of the operation. However, in an email a spokesperson from ASPCA, noted the organization would not be releasing the pet owners' names or any additional information regarding the location in order to protect the privacy of the parties involved.
The release from the ASCPA says the agency worked with several Texas animal welfare organizations including the Humane Society of North Texas and the Tri-City Animal Shelter & Adoption Center to help with the treatment and placement of the animals recovered. The dogs were immediately transported to the groups in the Fort Worth-area for immediate examination.
According to the release, the pet owners realized they could no longer provide proper care for the animals and agreed to voluntarily surrender them to the ASPCA. Once on scene the animals were found to be living on the property of an overcrowded mobile home in what has been labelled as substandard conditions. The dogs suffered from inadequate access to food and water, as some were also found to be suffering from more serious medical issues that will ultimately require veterinary treatment.
“The ASPCA is pleased to be in a position where we have the expertise and resources to support pet owners in need and improve the lives of animals in communities across the country,” Kyle Held, director of investigations for the ASPCA, said in the release. “While some of these animals will require medical treatment and behavioral rehabilitation, we’re thankful for the Humane Society of North Texas and Tri-City Animal Shelter & Adoption Center for assisting us with this case and we’re thrilled to help prepare these dogs for the next chapter in their lives.”
More than 20 of the dogs that were removed from the property have been taken and relocated to the Humane Society of North Texas for medical treatment and behavioral evaluations before they will be available for adoptions.
The rest of the dogs have been temporarily transported to the Tri-City Animal Shelter, to receive daily care and medical exams from ASPCA staff. The animals being cared for at the Tri-City Animal Shelter will soon be relocated to the ASPCA Behavioral Rehabilitation Center in Weaverville, N.C.
The ASPCA is currently partnering with 'Wings of Rescue' to fly the dogs to North Carolina, where they will begin to receive behavioral evaluations and additional care to prepare them for future adoptions.
For more information about the dogs who were transported to the Humane Society of North Texas, visit hsnt.org or call 817-332-4768.