Owners of 110 dogs, cats arrested after child, animal cruelty investigation

The owners of 110 animals relinquished custody of the dogs, cats and a horse to the SPCA of Texas after a civil custody hearing in Van Zandt County in East Texas on Tuesday following a monthslong investigation into child endangerment and animal cruelty.

Judge Sandra Plaster also ordered the owners to pay $31,263.50 in restitution.

The investigation into the animal cruelty case ended on Oct. 26 when the SPCA of Texas and Van Zandt County Sheriff’s Office took custody of 110 dogs from the property near Canton.

The animals that were seized include 39 puppies, 35 dogs, 24 cats, 11 kittens and one horse. The puppies, dogs, cats and kittens were transported to the SPCA of Texas’ Russell E. Dealey Animal Rescue Center in Dallas and the horse was transported to an offsite care facility, the SPCA said in a news release.

“Many of the dogs were found roaming free inside the feces-filled,…

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