Updated: Feb 9
- Texas, USA -
On Friday, February 5, the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office arrested 65-year-old BARBARA ANN RAMSEY (pictured below).
Deputies along with numerous other area law officers, rescued 67 dogs from RAMSEY’s trailer home and property in the 21000 block of Deer Run Road.
KLTV reports that Sheriff Botie Hillhouse said RAMSEY was arrested by Deputy Jarod Mills after officials deemed unacceptable the conditions the poor dogs were living in.
The dogs were forced to live in feces and urine, and the general scenario was found to be unsanitary.
The sheriff's office said the investigation into RAMSEY started January 22, when she was cited for having four vicious animals, and she did not address the citations.
During the investigation, additional violations were found, and citations were issued.
On Thursday, February 4, someone reported a vehicle dumping a group of dogs in the parking lot of a gas station on State Highway 31 in Athens.
Athens Police Department responded, and officers found a mother dog and 10 puppies.
RAMSEY had dumped the furbabies and was later located in Murchison by Deputy Jarod Mills.
Mom and puppies were then taken to Athens Animal Rescue Shelter.
RAMSEY was arrested for a traffic violation.
As reported by KLTV, 392nd District Judge Scott McKee signed multiple arrest warrants for RAMSEY, and the charges were added to her at the jail.
On Friday, February 5, Justice of the Peace Tony Duncan signed paperwork to seize neglected animals, and Judge Scott Williams issued a search warrant for RAMSEY’s mobile home.
RAMSEY was charged with 11 counts of animal cruelty and remains in the Henderson County Jail on $49,500 bond.
Sheriff Hillhouse said a total of 79 dogs were rescued in the last two days during this multiple agency investigation, which is ongoing, and additional charges could be filed.
All the furbabies are at the Athens Animal Rescue Shelter.
The shelter, as you can imagine, is overwhelmed with all the dogs rescued from RAMSEY’s property.
Staff desperately needs “IMMEDIATE FOSTERS” for their resident dogs, as they appealed in a Facebook post.
If you can foster the shelter’s resident dogs, please submit the foster form. Thank you!
Alternatively, you can call Athens Animal Rescue Shelter at (903) - 292 - 1287 or send an email. Thank you!
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