18 dogs seized by SPCA from Cooke County home

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COOKE COUNTY, Tex. (KXII) - A local animal rescue is almost at its limits after seizing several dogs from an empty Cooke County home.

The Cooke County Sheriff's Office said the SPCA seized 18 dogs from this home Sunday after a neighbor noticed the barking and realized nobody was home.

"They heard the dogs and went to go feed them, and there were way more than they imagined."

Crystal Cook got a call from some friends Sunday that their Pioneer Valley neighbors had too many animals on their Conastoga Road property.

So they called Cook, an animal lover, to come check it out.

"I was disgusted," she said.

Cook said she noticed about 30 dogs and several cats roaming around the home.

The sheriff's office said the homeowner moved to Oklahoma last week and didn't know what to do with the animals, but had been coming back every few days to feed them.

"The condition of the house, the property, is not that great," Cook said. "If you go inside, the smell alone will knock you off your feet."

Deputies called Tommie Kirksmith from the Red River SPCA for help.

"One of the deputies asked, have you seen anything this bad?" she said. "I don't want to go into details but it was bad."

Kirksmith took 18 dogs total to her no-kill rescue, 13 small and five large.

She said many were underweight and two were pregnant.

"It's a problem, people that are pathological collectors," Kirksmith said.

Several dogs and cats are still at the home. The sheriff's office said the owner is supposed to come back and take the cats, and a neighbor has offered to care for the remaining dogs.

"I need for people to take these animals and do the best care," she said.

The homeowner won't be facing charges.

The 18 dogs need homes. If you would like to help adopt them, call Tommie Kirksmith at 940-736-0179.

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