- Texas, USA -
An anonymous tip to the Harris County Animal Cruelty Taskforce led to the removal of 132 animals from a Northwest Houston home.
On Wednesday, September 15, authorities removed 126 cats and 6 dogs who were living in deplorable condition.
The Houston Humane Society said in a Facebook post that “BARC Animal Enforcement team has determined the conditions of the home are not ideal for any animal to live in. Overcrowding and unsanitary conditions have created an unhealthy environment for more than 100 animals in this home. Piles of feces and debris were noted at the time of the investigation, as well as urine throughout the home. Compounding the officers’ concern was the lack of power due to Tropical Storm Nicholas.”
BARC is partnering with the Houston Humane Society in housing and caring for some of the cats seized.
BARC spokesman Cory Stottlemyer told Click2Houston: “I was there on site. The cats were living together. There was a strong ammonia smell in the room so some of the cats seemed to have some respiratory issues and they’re under evaluation now, and if any one of them needs care, they’re getting it.”
A portion of an update posted by the Houston Humane Society on September 16, reads: “The group of animals in our care include 5 litters of kittens some orphaned, adult cats that suffer from eye infections, open sores and several skin conditions. The HHS veterinary team is currently conducting medical evaluations of each animal and creating a specific treatment protocol to address the special needs of each one.”
The homeowner was not charged at this time, but the case is under review.
Reporter Bill Barajas with Click2Houston went to the house and saw a man who appeared to be washing kennels and then disappeared through the backdoor when he saw the reporter.
Mr. Barajas said the man and woman living there did not want to talk with him and the front door was slammed shut as he walked up.
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