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August 23, 2013

Cruelty charges dropped

County prosecutors dismiss charges against woman in case involving 58 dogs seized

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“The conditions were so poor that it created a serious health hazard for the occupants as well,” Investigator John Qualls said at the time. “There was an overwhelming foul odor of dog feces, which was detectable from outside the residence. It was extremely unhealthy for both humans and animals.”

A puppy and an adult pit bull mix breed dog were euthanized because of severe neglect and health conditions, according to the sheriff’s office.

Family members said Weldon operated an animal shelter out of her home and sold dogs once a week at Ridgmar Mall in Fort Worth, but said there were more dogs at the residence than normal because of foster families that had backed out, according to court documents.

One family member was convicted in the animal neglect case. Harry Weldon pleaded guilty last year to animal cruelty in exchange for two years probation.

Animal cruelty charges against the couple’s son, Joseph Weldon, were dropped due to insufficient evidence, according to court filings. His brother, Christopher Weldon, died in November and that case was dropped, as well.

All charges of child endangerment involving a 2-year-old boy found in a crib at the residence were dropped against the family as well, according to the Parker County District Attorney’s Office.

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