Dozens of animals were seized last week from a residence in Nevada.
The Collin County Sheriff’s Office and the SPCA of Texas, along with Collin County Animal Services, reportedly took custody of more than 100 dogs and cats, and one bearded dragon, as they served a search and arrest warrant related to an animal cruelty investigation Nov. 21 in the 17000 block of Sanjeev Lane in Nevada, according to a release from Collin County Sheriff Jim Skinner.
“This situation is reprehensible,” Skinner said. “Yet without the help and cooperation by our alert residents, we would not have been able to find and rescue these animals. I applaud and thank the SPCA of Texas for their quick response and invaluable assistance.”
Madeline Yeaman Arnold with the SPCA of Texas said the animals seized include 94 dogs, five puppies, three cats, three kittens and the bearded dragon.
The SPCA of Texas transported the animals seized to the SPCA of Texas’ Russell E. Dealey Animal Rescue Center, where they are being evaluated and cared for by medical staff until a civil custody hearing is held. The County Sheriff’s Office will oversee the ongoing investigation of this case.
The animals were found in an about 1,100 square-foot mobile home, where ammonia levels were measured to range from 65 ppm (parts per million) to 135 parts per million (ppm).
”For reference, short-term exposure to ammonia over 25 ppm and long-term exposure to ammonia over 10 ppm can cause health problems in humans,” Arnold said.
The majority of the animals were housed in individual wire and plastic crates, with some crates holding multiple animals. Other animals were found roaming the residence freely.
Arnold said many of the animals were suffering from several health conditions including long nails, hair loss, skin issues, flea infestation, eye issues and ear issues.