The Van Zandt County Sheriff’s Office arrested two folks after an animal welfare group’s investigation confirmed canines residing in poor circumstances, together with with a scarcity of meals and water, in their houses this previous summer season.
The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) of Texas, which relies out of Dallas, filed legal charges in opposition to Richard Lynn Stevenson and Tammy Faye Tucker.
The pair have been booked Monday into the Van Zandt County Jail on charges of cruelty to non-livestock animals for neglect, which is a category A misdemeanor.
Stevenson was arrested on one depend of cruelty after the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals mentioned it eliminated 12 Chihuahua-type canines from a residence on June 14.
The SPCA mentioned in June that Stevenson’s house was “filled with feces, urine and other debris.”
Health issues included “hair loss, flea infestation, extremely long nails, and several appeared to be emaciated with their hips and spines visible,” in keeping with the SPCA.
Stevenson, 63, was arrested on June 6 on a possession of marijuana cost, and the SPCA mentioned he didn’t arrange preparations for the care of the animals.
SPCA discovered the animals appeared to have been with out meals or water for a number of days.
The stage of ammonia within the house was discovered to be greater than 10 instances greater than a stage that may result in well being issues for people, in keeping with the group.
Tucker, 54, was arrested on two counts of cruelty in reference to the removing of six canines from a property on July 1. The animals have been discovered deserted and left residing in poor circumstances with out entry to meals, water or correct air circulation in the summer season warmth, in keeping with the SPCA.
Investigators additionally decided the canines at Tucker’s property have been affected by a parasite infestation and different well being circumstances.
In the incidents, the SPCA of Texas acquired complaints of animal cruelty and responded with investigations. Gathering proof and speaking to Tucker and Stevenson led to submitting legal charges in opposition to them, in keeping with the animal advocacy group.
The SPCA of Texas has a crew of investigators who carry peace officer commissions and have the authority to research, file charges and make arrests associated to animal cruelty.
The group mentioned it is ready to do work with native legislation enforcement to finish investigations in Dallas in addition to the counties of Hopkins, Hunt, Kaufman and Van Zandt.