After being saved by the Houston SPCA earlier this month, dozens of starving dogs, including a day-old puppy, are getting a new start.
According to a press statement from the donation-based non-profit, the Houston SPCA was able to enter the Houston Heights residence on Nov. 2 to rescue the animals thanks to an emergency warrant from Harris County Constable Precinct 1. Amazingly, all of the creatures were still alive.
“The animals were living in deplorable conditions as the home was filled with debris, feces, and a heavy smell of ammonia,” the press statement stated.
After neighbors alerted police to the negligence case, their Animal Cruelty Investigation team and Harris County Constables Precinct 1 found the puppies, according to KPRC 2 News.
“They were different breeds, different ages, that were in a filthy, filthy place,” Constable Alan Rosen told KPRC 2 News. “They never saw them outside, they very rarely saw food being brought to where they were, so it became very suspicious.”
All of the dogs are currently receiving treatment from the veterinary team of the rescue and protection group, which includes cruelty examinations, vaccines, de-matting, and a feeding plan.
According to Houston SPCA veterinarian Dr. Roberta Westbrook, the major issue is extensive matting of the hair coats. “Matting tugs at the skin and puts limbs at risk.”
Investigators looking into animal abuse are getting ready for a hearing for the county.