Judge rules 53 dogs won’t go back to owner

Two dogs and a litter of puppies are shown in their cages at a residence where 53 dogs were seized in late May.

A judge has ruled that 53 small dogs seized from a southern Cooke County residence will remain in the custody of the Humane Society of North Texas, a society spokesperson says.

The humane society started triage and taking care of immediate medical needs when the dogs and puppies were seized. After a 10-day appeal period passes, the society will be able to prepare for their major medical care, rehabilitation and adoption, Director of Communications Cassie Lackey said.

The hearing took place Monday, June 3, and the owner of the dogs did not fight the judge’s orders within 48 hours after the ruling, Lackey said. Sheriff Terry Gilbert said the case is in Cooke County Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace Carroll Johnson's court.

Cooke County sheriff’s deputies working with the humane society seized the dogs, many of them Yorkies and Shih-Tzus, on May 24 from a residence in the 800 block of West Lone Oak Road. The humane society described their situation as “alleged cruelty… involving neglectful living conditions and animal care.”

One senior dog just gave birth and has a leg which has been broken for some time, Lackey said. She described the leg as “completely disconnected attached only by skin.” Once that dog finishes nursing her litter, she’ll need an amputation.

Several dogs have reproductive cancer from being overbred, Lackey added.

“We have controlled the ticks and flea circus and are battling the worms at this point,” Lackey said. “They have all had a spa day and are doing great. They’re on a routine feeding schedule and loving the attention.”

The society is seeking donations to go toward their food, bedding and continued veterinary care. Donations may be made via the society’s website at hsnt.org.

As of Thursday, more than $4,500 had been raised in a Facebook fundraiser the society launched May 30 to help fund their care.

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