Responding to a complaint about animals in need of medical care, Houston SPCA investigators were shocked to discover more than 1,000 animals at a home in the city — mostly crammed in cages.
SPCA officials say the seizure of animals from the home in northwest Houston was one of the largest in U.S. history.
“They were in deplorable conditions throughout the entire property,” said Charles Jantzen, chief investigator for the Houston Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. “Very few of the animals had the basic staples of life — food, water and shelter.”
The majority of animals confiscated were birds, including a score of chickens, roosters, ducks and parrots. SPCA workers also seized gerbils, snakes, iguanas, a malnourished goat, and a pair of small dogs, also in cages.
The animal cages were scattered throughout the property, which is located on an isolated stretch of road in a mainly light-industrial area, according to the Houston Chronicle.
Authorities said the homeowners, who were cooperative during the investigation, told them they sell the animals at flea markets throughout the area.
“They (the animals) were not hidden — they were not secretive,” Jantzen said.
The animals were taken to the SPCA’s Houston headquarters for a medical examination.
Posted by John Woestendiek September 27th, 2009 under Muttsblog, videos.
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