Seizure in Eula, Texas

Published: October 17, 2016

HSNT Statement

Here is the statement from The Humane Society on the seizure, it is lengthy but gives details of what they found:
The Humane Society of North Texas (HSNT) worked in collaboration with Callahan County Sheriff, Abilene Animal Control, Rescue the Animals (SPCA for West Texas), and Abilene Police Department in a lengthy investigation regarding suspected animal neglect and cruelty at the AM Farm Sanctuary in Eula.
On October 13, 2016, the Callahan County Sheriff served a search and seizure warrant on the Sanctuary’s owner, Mindy Marquez. The conditions on the property were deplorable. HSNT removed 162 dogs, 25 cats, 7 donkeys, 7 pot bellied pigs, 6 goats, 1 rooster, 3 rabbits, 1 rat, 3 reptiles, and 3 ducks. Over 50 animals, alone, were housed in a single-wide trailer that had extremely dangerous levels of ammonia, and rescue workers were limited to a few minutes inside for each trip in for another animal. Inside the feces and urine soaked trailer, workers also found filth and thousands of roaches on the walls and on most surfaces, in addition to 2 dead animals. Every animal was thin, and most are noticeably sick.
The outside runs were filled with dogs and puppies, all overcrowded, and animals were observed fighting, as well as no food or water in sight in the majority of the pens. The pasture areas for livestock were filled with debris, rusty nails and fencing, feces and other hazards. Additionally, the water troughs that were present were filled with murky green water and one contained a deceased rat, there was also no food in the pastures.
HSNT, Veterinarian, Cynthia Jones said, “Although the medical evaluations are ongoing at this time, I have already determined that these animals have failed to receive even the basics of general care. The majority of them need medical attention and all of them need the opportunity for decent food, water, and a clean living environment.”


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