- Texas, USA -
~ Update: August 27, 2022
Cameron County District Attorney Luis V. Saenz announced that on Friday, August 26, in Brownsville, 62-years-old STEVEN CLARK WOODINGTON (pictured), appeared before Judge David Gonzalez. After a one-week trial, WOODINGTON was found guilty by a jury on nineteen counts of cruelty to non-livestock animals-failure to provide adequate care.
In a news release, DA Saenz briefly recounted the facts that ultimately led to this guilty verdict.
It all started in September 2019, when residents in Los Fresnos filed complaints about barking dogs at 35848 Bingley Road.
Cameron County Health Department Animal Control Division responded and the Cameron County Sheriff’s Office assisted with the investigation.
In a warehouse called ‘All Accounted for Rescue’ owned by WOODINGTON and run by TREVINO, authorities found a cat and “over 300 dogs held in different-sized kennels; several dogs were crowded in the same kennel and were in very unhealthy conditions and need of medical attention. Some dogs were covered in feces and urine, and others had open wounds”, said DA Saenz.
He also said that sadly, “A total of 19 dogs did not survive this cruel situation.”
WOODINGTON claimed he was operating an animal rescue that housed dogs until they were placed for adoption.
At-the-time Cameron County Sheriff Omar Lucio said the conditions the animals were found in would make “anybody sick.”
WOODINGTON will be back in court on Thursday, September 29, 2022, for sentencing.
~ Original story September 14, 2019
29-year-old MARK ANTHONY TREVINO and 59-year-old STEVEN CLARK WOODINGTON (both pictured), were arrested on Monday, September 9, 2019, and charged with cruelty to non-livestock animals, which is a Class A misdemeanor.
The arrests are the result of authorities discovering 270 dogs and a cat locked up in kennels in a warehouse located at 35848 Bingley Road in Los Fresnos.
Cameron County Health Department Animal Control Division responded to residents’ complaints of barking dogs.
The Cameron County Sheriff’s Office was also alerted and responded to the scene.
Kennel after kennel with three to four dogs in each were discovered in the warehouse called ‘All Accounted for Rescue’ owned by WOODINGTON and run by TREVINO.
Cameron County Sheriff Omar Lucio said during a press release that the conditions the helpless animals were found in would make “anybody sick”. Kennels covered with feces and urine and the poor furbabies had no water or food.
Removing all the animals from this hellish place and placing them in humane conditions required the assistance and collaboration of different organizations, including, including City of Brownsville Animal Control, City of Port Isabel Animal Control, City of Los Fresnos Animal Control, Los Fresnos Fire Department and Cameron County Pct. 4 office.
As a result of the dogs being picked up, the Cameron County Animal Shelter will be closed until further notice and Ms. Esmeralda Guajardo, Health Administrator, said: “The large number of animals which we are working with requires that we utilize the entire facility for them. Once the situation is stabilized, operations will resume to normal operating hours.”
TREVINO and WOODINGTON were each issued a $20,000 bond.
The investigation is ongoing.
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