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1-day-old puppy among 50 urine and feces-covered dogs rescued from Houston home's 'deplorable conditions'

'The animals were living in deplorable conditions as the home was filled with debris and a heavy smell of ammonia,' Houston SPCA said
(Representational picture - Scott Olson/Getty Images)
(Representational picture - Scott Olson/Getty Images)

HOUSTON, TEXAS: Harris County Constables Precinct 1 and the Houston Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals collaborated to rescue 50 "emaciated and urine and feces-matted dogs" from a Houston residence, the organizations said on November 3, as per Houston Chronicle. A 1-day-old puppy was one of the animals rescued from a residence in the 800 block of East 25th Street, close to Loop 610, according to a press release from the Houston SPCA.

"The animals were living in deplorable conditions as the home was filled with debris and a heavy smell of ammonia," the release said. 


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Members of the SPCA's investigations section were able to enter the premises and remove the sick animals after the Harris County Constable Precinct 1 was successful in obtaining an urgent order. According to the foundation, "individualized treatment" will be provided by the veterinary personnel, including "cruelty exams, vaccinations, de-matting, a nutrition plan, and more."

The organization stated that a court hearing is scheduled for next week, although it was not immediately clear who owned the land or whether any arrests had been made.

Several instances of animal cruelty have been recorded in recent weeks. On October 20, MEAWW reported that 118 rabbits, 150 birds, seven tortoises, three snakes, 15 cats, and a number of mice were discovered on author Karin Keyes' property by animal control officers, all of which were living in filthy conditions and were surrounded by their own excrement. The district attorney said that several of the animals had bugs and grime on them. Additionally, many animals were left untreated. The home's 51-year-old owner, Keyes, was accused of numerous charges of inhumane animal confinement. Keyes is also a social worker and the author of 'Journey Into Awareness: Reclaiming Your Life,' a self-published book.

Similarly, Victor Quinteros, a Staten Island man, was charged with animal cruelty after neglecting and starving 24 huskies at a gated home in August this year. It was discovered that the dogs were residing in two nearby trailers. From the fenced-in property, the authorities found sixteen adults, seven puppies, and one dead puppy. Five huskies were seen running about in "an unsafe and unclean environment." The two trailers, according to the officials, were heated, had poor ventilation, and reeked of urine and excrement. The dogs' only water source was a kiddie pool with "dirty, green, and foul-smelling water." Their food was "rotting" and had "maggots crawling in it."