Tell Texas Legislature and Pleasant Grove to take animal cruelty seriously
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Help me change animal abuse investigations in Texas. The SPCA sent an investigator three times to a home in Pleasant Grove. Animals had no shelter, no water and no food. They were starving and in bad shape. But the SPCA could not do anything because they were alive. This is disgusting and unacceptable. While I applaud the SPCA for going out there again and again - they were only able to "counsel" the owner. Action was taken only after there was horrific deaths of dogs (that were also tethered). Horses hurt and starving in the garage. This is not acceptable.
Per a newstory: A spokesperson for the SPCA said a complaint came in about emaciated animals and that none of the animals had proper food, water or shelter. SPCA Investigator visited the home on November 15 and found the four animals alive. This investigator is one of six SPCA investigators covering seven counties. She's based out of Van Zandt County and has the power to enforce state animal cruelty laws by filing charges directly with DA in the county where she's assigned. But in the case in Pleasant Grove, she could not file charges at the time of the visit, only follow-up.
“At this particular moment, nothing. I can't do anything,” she said in a November 15 interview. “If I went to a judge and said, ‘This is what I've got. I want to take these animals right now,’ it wouldn't be enough.”
I thank the SPCA but this is not acceptable on the part of the state or of the local Judges in Pleasant Grove. Please help me tell the state, city and county government and judiciary that this is NOT ACCEPTABLE. They literally waited until there was at least one dead animal who died from a horrific death because the SPCA was allowed to take the animals. NOT ENOUGH AND NOT OK. HELP ME TELL THEM TO ENFORCE THE ANIMAL WELFARE LAWS!
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