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Animal control officers with BARC worked with Houston police on Thursday to seize several farm animals from a property in southeast Houston.
FOX 26 Houston’s SkyFox was over the scene just after 9 a.m. in the 10000 block of Telephone Road near Fuqua.
Animal cruelty investigators were called to the scene after area residents complained about the way the animals were being treated.
Officials say when they arrived at the property, they found “numerous goat and pig carcasses, as well as dead cats, chickens and ducks.”
In a press release, BARC indicated its Animal Control Officers also witnessed several living animals walking around the dead ones.
“The investigating ACOs also observed 12 goats, 5 pigs and 2 dogs suffering through inhumane conditions. BARC ACOs contacted Houston Police Department (HPD) Animal Cruelty investigators, who subsequently requested a seizure order to remove the animals.”
Officers provided food and water for the animals while waiting for legal permission to carry out the seizure.
BARC says the animals will be transported and taken into the care of the Houston Humane Society while the case against the property owner goes to court.
“The simplest, but most powerful thing you can do to help the BARC Houston shelter, and pets throughout our community, is to talk to your friends, neighbors, and family about caring for pets responsibly. We encourage everyone to visit the new www.houstonbarc.com.”
No further information about the property owner was immediately available. When approached by FOX 26 News, they declined to be interviewed.
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