Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Flippin' freak

This makes me so sick! I want to punch this chick even though I know she is not well, but COME ON!

SPCA takes in 22 dogs found in filthy station wagon

12:00 AM CST on Tuesday, February 10, 2009

By BLANCA CANTÚ / The Dallas Morning News

Twenty-two dogs found confined to a station wagon were seized by the SPCA of Texas on Monday morning and taken to an animal shelter in McKinney, SPCA officials said.

Investigators from the SPCA got a tip about a car parked along an unmarked road near the police station in Pottsboro, about 80 miles north of Dallas.

When a Grayson County constable tried to serve a warrant around 9 a.m., a woman in the car locked the doors and refused to come out, said Maura Davies, a spokeswoman for the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Inside, 20 adult dogs and two newborn puppies – appearing to be papillons and long-haired Chihuahuas – were crowded in among blankets, a pot of water and waste. Investigators don't know how long the dogs had been in the car.

"We could smell ammonia from urine a few feet away from the car as we were approaching," Davies said. "It was utterly filthy."

SPCA staffers took the dogs to the Perry Animal Care Center in McKinney, where they will remain until a judge decides whether to grant custody to the owner or the SPCA. A hearing is set for next Monday. The dogs are being evaluated by veterinarians.

Michael Putman, a Grayson County constable, said the woman, who has not been identified, was not arrested and doesn't face any charges at this time.

Davies said the owner wasn't coherent, and the SPCA has contacted Adult Protective Services.

If the SPCA receives custody, Davies said, the animals will be evaluated for potential adoption.

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