33 animals in ‘horiffic’ condition seized from Bryan Co. home
MEAD, Oklahoma (KXII) - The Bryan County Sheriff’s Office seized 33 animals from a Mead residence on July 7th after a they were dispatched out for a wellness check.
In a press release, the deputies on scene described the living conditions as “deplorable” and said dogs and cats “were in bad health and some needed urgent medical attention.”
Angela Hungate-Clay, the executive director for PAWS for a Cause Cat Rescue, said she was contacted by a young woman who was going to surrender ownership of a mother cat and kittens.
The woman had previously surrendered three kittens to a Bryan County resident on the 400 block of Dogwood Lane in Mead.
A name which raised “red flags” for Hungate-Clay.
“The next day I called Undersheriff Tucker and he immediately put an investigator onto the case,” Hungate-Clay said. “Within a matter of hours the investigator and the deputy, as well as the Texoma Paw Patrol and Reedy’s Animal Rescue, were out at the property.”
Representatives from all three rescue groups were there when law enforcement arrived on scene that day.
“I had to bring water there, they had no food or water immediately available for the animals,” Hungate-Clay said. “There were no dog food bags, cat food bags among all of the trash that was laying around.”
Hungate-Clay says she was told by the sheriff’s office all animals were seized from the property. However, she worries that more could be in danger because they can legally get more animals any time they want.
“I’m still on a mission that she be brought to justice because of the conditions that the animals suffered and are suffering,” Hungate-Clay said.
Neighbors say they saw Bryan County deputies seize the animals last Wednesday.
They said there were two cages full of Pitbulls and Pitbull mixes, and described the animals conditions as “rough.”
A warrant request has been sent by the Bryan County Sheriff’s Office to the District Attorney’s office for the people who own the property.
No charges have been filed yet and there’s no guarantee they will be.
Hungate-Clay said her organization was granted possession of four cats Monday “by no contest” from the individuals and that all the dogs are now in the custody of Reedy’s Animal Rescue and Texoma Paw Patrol.
She said all of the animals they are in possession of now are receiving care and the costs are very high.
She anticipates nursing them back to health will take “from a week, to a month to six months for some.”
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