Dogs seized in Cooke County

More than 30 dogs were seized in an animal cruelty investigation in Cooke County.
More than 30 dogs were seized in an animal cruelty investigation in Cooke County.(KXII)
Published: Jun. 4, 2019 at 11:18 PM CDT
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More than 50 dogs were taken from a home in Cooke County as part of an animal cruelty investigation.

The Cooke County Sheriff's Office went to a home May 24 on the 800 block of West Lone Oak Road and County Road 248

Cooke County Sheriff Terry Gilbert told News 12 that this was one of the worst cases of cruelty at a puppy mill he had ever seen.

After receiving a tip the dogs had health issues, the sheriff's office and the Humane Society of North Texas stepped in.

53 small breed dogs were seized, all living in inhumane conditions.

"It was found over in the Valley View area, Shihtzus, some Yorkies and some puppies, lots of dogs," said Nichole Pembroke of Noah's Ark Animal Shelter.

"People just struggle to figure out what to do, things get out of control then they don't know what to do to get help," said another volunteer.

Kelley Crawford fosters dogs from Noah's Ark Animal Shelter in Gainesville and says these cases of animal neglect aren't uncommon.

"Whether it's a breeding situation and they start out thinking they'll be able to afford to do it, and maybe make some money off of it. Most of the time that is not the case," said Crawford.

The Humane Society of North Texas have custody of the dogs.

A spokesperson told News 12 feces were scattered around the house, and another dog needed to have its broken leg amputated. That dog had just given birth, and the Humane Society Spokesperson says it looks like its leg was held together only by flesh for years.

"People for different reasons I guess hoard dogs, would be a good word," said Crawford.

Sheriff Gilbert says no arrests have been made, and the investigation remains ongoing.

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