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January 22, 2014

Humane Society given custody of seized dogs

Garner kennel owners decline to appear at JP court property hearing

By JUDY SHERIDAN

Pregnant dogs confined to small rabbit cages ... kennel floors  — as well as carpeted residential bedrooms — piled with feces and soaked in urine ... dogs weakened by inbreeding, unchecked parasites and overall neglect.

This was just part of the evidence submitted by the Parker County Sheriff’s Office and the Humane Society of North Texas Tuesday in a property hearing held in Justice of the Peace Kelly Green’s court.  

After reviewing the evidence and testimony, Green ruled that the 33 animals — 26 dogs, two cats, two rabbits and three rats — seized from 511 Hide Away Lane in the Garner ISD last week, had been cruelly treated and awarded them to the Humane Society of North Texas.

He also assessed a $4,680 judgment issue against owners Roger and Tina Williams — who did not appear at the hearing — for the costs incurred by the Humane Society, including veterinary care during the animals’ impoundment, with payment to the Humane Society.

Appeal bond was set at $7,980.

An investigation continues as to the whereabouts of more than 100 animals that vanished overnight from the same address, preventing their seizure. Thirteen or 14 of those animals have been recovered from a well-kept kennel, according to Matt Anderson, an animal control officer with the Parker County Sheriff’s office.

During the hearing, Anderson told Parker County Assistant Attorney Fred Barker that he was sent to Hide Away Lane Jan. 12 in response to a phone call reporting that more than 100 dogs were being kept in deplorable conditions.

Upon arriving, Anderson, who used his cell phone to collect video footage, said he saw two kennels to the right of the front door, one with three Great Danes, the other with three Australian shepherds.

“The floor of the kennels were covered in feces and were damp,” he said. “There was no water, no food.”

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