The Montgomery County Sheriff’s department yesterday served a search warrant on Spindletop Refuge in Wills, Texas. Spindletop is the state’s largest and most well-known pit bull rescue organization. The Sheriff’s department determined that over three hundred dogs needed to be seized due to the conditions they were living in. According to MontgomerCountyPoliceReporter.com, almost all of the dogs are Pit Bulls. “They were found in small crates and cages, all sleeping in urine and feces. Vets are on the scene supervising the removal from at least five buildings on the property. One of those buildings, a two story home houses almost eighty dogs.”
Disaster response teams from the Humane Society of the United States(HSUS) are assisting with the transfer of the dogs to a safe location where they will be provided emergency medical attention and safe housing until a seizure hearing can be held.
According to a statement issued earlier today, Animal Farm Foundation is assisting with the case at Spindletop Refuge as well. They are reaching out to the many individuals, shelters, and rescue groups have transferred dogs to Spindletop and want to know the status of those dogs and how to retrieve them. They are promising to make that information available as soon as possible. A court hearing will take place soon, at which point they expect to have more details after that. Anyone seeking information on dogs transferred to Spindletop are asked to contact AFF by email at email@example.com.
The AFF statement goes on to say, “We share HSUS’s goal of ensuring the best possible outcome for each of the dogs, and we’re grateful that HSUS stepped up to oversee a humane and just outcome for all of these dogs. Once the dogs have been triaged at an undisclosed safe location, Animal Farm Foundation will work with HSUS to individually evaluate each dog for rescue or adoption placement.”
Charges have not yet been filed.
Update 7/18/2012, 4:00 p.m. The Houston Press reports that a hearing date has been set for Friday, July 20th at 10:30 a.m. in Justice of the Peace Precinct 2, Conroe, Texas. Bring proof of ownership to claim dogs transferred from rescue. Phone: 936-538-3788 Fax: 936-538-7732. If you cannot attend in person, you can send a representative with a signed release authorizing them to act on your behalf.
Update 7/20/12: http://www.dfwanimalrescue.com/2012/07/spindletopdogs/
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