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Deputies remove 35 dogs from Randall County property


On Wednesday morning, August 14, 2019, Randall County animal control deputies went to a residence in the Catalpa Trailer Park to investigate a possible animal cruelty case. Upon arrival, deputies discovered 35 dogs living inside the residence.

Deputies described the conditions as unlivable. The floor was covered in dog feces, and there were fleas and ticks throughout the trailer. Furniture was torn up and there were holes in the floor and walls.

All of the dogs were covered in fleas, and most were suffering hair loss.

The back yard of the property was overgrown with weeds, and the front yard was littered with junk and trash. Deputies discovered that the resident was living in a shop building located on the property.

Due to the conditions inside the trailer, the deputies had to be sprayed with disinfectant after leaving the property.

Loretta with Gracie’s Project had become aware of the situation and contacted the property owner who surrendered the dogs to the shelter. Through their resources, Gracie’s Project will be providing adequate food, housing and veterinary care for all 35 of the dogs.

Deputies and volunteers from Gracie’s Project removed all of the dogs, and took them to Animal Rescue Shelter where a veterinarian from Hope Veterinary came and examined the dogs, and gave vaccinations to all of the dogs, except the pregnant females.

Gracie’s Project will shelter the dogs, nurse them back to good health, and then find foster homes or suitable adoptive families.

Cruelty to Nonlivestock Animals (Texas Penal Code 42.092) states “(b) a person commits an offense if the person intentionally, knowingly or recklessly:

(3) fails unreasonably to provide necessary food, water, care, or shelter for an animal in the person’s custody.”

An offense under this section is a Class A misdemeanor, punishable by a fine not to exceed $4,000.00; confinement in jail for a term not to exceed one year; or both fine and confinement.

This investigation continues, and filing of 35 charges of Cruelty to Nonlivestock Animals is possible.

Gracie’s Project, who accepted custody of all 35 dogs, is a 501C3 non-profit organization dedicated to saving as many dogs as possible, and finding them forever homes. The Gracie’s Project web site states, “Saving animals can be costly, and requires tons of supplies and vet care, each and every day! Consider helping Gracie's friends today. Save a life. You won't be disappointed!”

Anyone interested in adopting a shelter dog, or who would like to help Gracie’s Project financially can go to their web site, https://www.graciesproject.com/, or call 806-316-4024 for more information.

Gracie’s Project contact – Loretta Tebeest 806-316-4024.

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