Malnourished dogs found

By: Daniel Gotera Email
By: Daniel Gotera Email

GRAYSON COUNTY, Tex. -- More than a dozen neglected dogs found in Grayson County are not being taken care of by their owners. Now those responsible could face charges.

Grayson County Sheriff's Office officials say it isn't the first case of animal neglect they have handled in the last five years, but it is one of biggest.

So what happens to the dogs and the owners?

Brandi Thomas has lived off FM 697 and Hayes Road for the last eleven years and has always known of the large number of animals at her neighbor’s home.

"I was shocked, but not shocked. I knew there was a lot, but I really didn’t think that many, so after hearing about the situation I was really kind of disgusted," said neighbor Brandi Thomas.

Earlier this week, the Grayson County Sheriff's Office received complaints from neighbors regarding dead and neglected dogs on Hayes Road just east of Sherman.

"When the deputy arrived, he found that there was some water but there wasn’t enough for that many dogs, and after he looked around he didn’t locate any food," said Lt. David Hawley of the Grayson County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies say the air conditioner was turned off, and animal feces were spread out inside the home. After filing the report, sheriff's office officials contacted Grayson County Animal Control to try and seize the remaining dogs.

But when they returned to the home, they found that was no longer the case.

"They noticed that there were no more animals inside the house, and that the remainder of them were in a pen back in the back yard which was adequate. They had food, and they had water," said Lt. Hawley.

A family member of the dog owners we spoke to over the phone says they have been trying to get rid of the animals for some time but have been unable to.

Now they could face potential felony charges.

"We now have felonies for killing certain animals when its not livestock or things like that, so depending on what they find out there, it could range from a misdemeanor to a felony," said Grayson County District Attorney Joe Brown.

Sherriff's officials are still in the process of putting together their final report. When they do, they will hand their findings over to the district attorney's office to determine whether those charges will be filed.

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  • by Paula Conary Location: Denison on Jul 24, 2007 at 10:25 AM
    This is to "t" in Sherman - before you falsely accuse someone you need to gather the facts. First of all if your going to post then let yourself be identified fully not hide. The place is nasty and not even fit for the dogs much less humans. Just because we express our disgust of the situation doesn't mean we reported it. But I will say if I had known that there were so many animals without water and food and feces all over the house I would have reported it because not only were there animals left in there but Clifton and his wife have 2 daughters that did live there. So do you condone filth with children!!!
  • by stephanie Location: denison on Jul 24, 2007 at 08:33 AM
    they were covering there ass. they knew they were wrong or they wouldnt have corrected the place by the time the police came back. they are hiding and trying to avoid goin to jail but they knew they were wrong or they wouldnt have moved them to a pen and finally gave them food. they should still take all the dogs away and lock the nuts up when they catch em!!
  • by Brandi on Jul 22, 2007 at 03:34 PM
    First of all I was the neighbor who Daniel Gotera interviewed on the news Thursday only to ask what I thought of the situation because I have lived in the area for 11 years. I did not report my neighbors because in all honesty they are pretty good and nice people and I mind my own business, but when questioned on the matter I only gave my opinion and that is all! But the day after I received not only a harrassing phone call but it almost sounded as if the caller who called anonymously was making a threat to me by saying I needed to stop and think and that KARMA is a B*@$*
  • by Kandiss Location: Denison on Jul 21, 2007 at 11:03 AM
    There are plenty of options available if these dogs were unwanted by the owner. Plenty. They say they were UNABLE to get rid of the dogs???? I call BS on that. Animal Cruelty is getting worse and worse with each passing day. If law enforcement doesn't take any further action than what they do, this will continue. There are animal hoarders and puppy mills out the wazoo. Keep your eyes peeled. They may just be your neighbor. Report Report Report people. You may save a life.
  • by t Location: sherman on Jul 20, 2007 at 08:44 PM
    can every one back off of clifton>> take this crap out with his wife. clifton has always been a good person till he met his wife. give him a 2nd chance. my god we all need that one time or a nother. should we all be put down for a mistake? mabey a 2 nd time of this happening , i could see . if you really new clifton . you would not hate him ... his wife on the other hand well!!! thanks brandi for nothing.
  • by MP Dog Handler on Jul 20, 2007 at 08:01 PM
    4 dog cases in 4 days? when will dog owners get it? they are completely and totally responsible from their birth, upbringing, health, exercise, the later years and and disposal of the carcass when they pass on. malnutrition doesn't happen overnight, that is a long term pattern.
  • by mama2-3 babes Location: fannin county on Jul 20, 2007 at 07:04 PM
    If grayson county is anything like fannin they wont help any body that has a stray that comes on your property they just tell you to shot the thing if you feel like you are in danger they would not do anything about two pittbulls comeing into our yard and killing our family pet protecting our 3 babies fannin county animal control is just plain lazy and does not care so what do you do when some one drops dogs off you cant afford to feed them all.
  • by In Agreement Location: Oklahoma on Jul 20, 2007 at 02:24 PM
    Go Melinda! Maybe a person would think twice if it were him or her inside a house with no AC, very little water and no food.
  • by brandy Location: texas on Jul 20, 2007 at 01:08 PM
    That is awful, they should be charged a count of animal neglect for every dog found, dead or alive. If you can't afford to take care of your pets, give them away, take them to bryan county animal hosptial to be given away, or take them to the pound, do not torture them just because you feel you love them, you do not love them if they are living in conditions like this. I hope no one else in this area is treating their animals like this, if so, SHAME ON YOU.
  • by melinda Location: madill, oklahoma on Jul 20, 2007 at 10:01 AM
    They outta put the owner in a house with no AC and very little water and no food. let them see how it feels
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