Constable Seizes 73 Animals From Farm, Accuses Owner of Neglect
More than 70 animals were seized at a Cypress home on Wednesday, June 13, including horses, donkeys, rabbits and a lot more. Investigators say the animals had serious signs of neglect.
The home was located next to the road, and the animals were in plain sight of people passing by. A couple of those people called the Houston SPCA.
“They are chained up. There is no coverage. They feed them breadcrumbs. It’s horrible. I am so glad they are being confiscated,” said Corine Ronnez, one of the tipsters.
The animals were taken by the SPCA and the Harris County Constables. They seized 34 rabbits, as well as 32 horses and donkeys, 4 cats, and 3 dogs.
Constable Alan Rosen said the investigation revealed a number of unacceptable living conditions.
“Some of them were emaciated and underweight, [we found] water that had green slime and nasty water, the veterinary care was not being taken care of. Many of the animals were lame or they could not walk, because their hooves had grown into their skin,” he said.
Investigators were first tipped off about the farm in 2017.
“In our attempts to work with the owner in improving the conditions, that [did not happen], and at this point we had to step in with Precinct 1 in order to be the voice for these animals,” said Julie Kuenstle from the Houston SPCA.
“It seemed as though the owner is under some medical distress, and we are going to try to help her as well,” said Rosen.
SPCA say they will now go to court with the owner to try to get custody of the animals, and the owner may get some of her animals back if she can prove that she can take good care of them.
In the meantime, SPCA is checking on the health of the animals and treating any conditions they may find.