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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