ANIMAL RESCUE CORPS ASSISTS IN HOUSTON COUNTY ANIMAL ABANDONMENT CASE
Crockett, TX – Animal Rescue Corps (ARC) is assisting the Houston County Sherriff’s Office in the rescue approximately 80 dogs from a 17-acre property about three hours southeast of Dallas. The sheriff’s office assumed control of the animals and custody has been awarded to ARC.
ARC performed this rescue with the generous support of The Arthur E. Benjamin Foundation and American Dog Rescue.
“The dogs are in really bad shape,” said ARC Texas State Liaison Monica Ailey. “They are emaciated, dehydrated and anemic. They are covered in the worst flea infestation I have ever seen and many of them have mange.”
At least two dogs died as a result of the desperate conditions on this property prior to ARC’s arrival. The dogs, who range from several 8-pound Chihuahuas to a 60-pound St. Bernard mix, have lived with irregular access to food and algae-infested tubs of green water for an undetermined amount of time. One dog gave birth just days before ARC’s arrival and several other dogs are pregnant.
“ARC immediately started planning a response upon hearing of the conditions of these animals,” said ARC President Scotlund Haisley. “With temperatures exceeding 100 degrees, no access to clean water and the extreme flea infestation, there is no question these animals have been suffering immeasurably and would not have survived much longer.”
The animals’ previous owner moved off the property after being evicted a month ago. Lori Bowlin, President of East Texas Horse Rescue and Sanctuary, removed approximately 20 equines from the property and had been leading the care of the dogs per a request from the sheriff’s office when she notified ARC of the dire situation.
“Lori has been working hard to care for these animals for weeks,” said Houston County Sheriff Darrel Bobbitt. “Houston County does not have the resources to address a problem of this magnitude. Lori’s support has been invaluable and I am grateful ARC is here to wrap up this situation.”
As part of an agreement for ARC’s involvement, the previous owner has been served a mandate by Houston County prohibiting her from owning more than three animals for the next two years, and the animals must be spayed or neutered. No animal cruelty charges have been filed.
For more information on ARC, please visit: http://www.animalrescuecorps.org
June 16, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ANIMAL RESCUE CORPS
1380 Monroe Street NW #326
Washington, DC 20010-3452
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