On August 1, 2013, the Humane Society of North Texas was called in by the Denton County Sheriffs Department to investigate allegations of animal neglect and abuse by Animal Guardians of American in Celina TX. That morning, they found conditions that can only be described as “appalling” and a judge quickly issued a seizure warrant all the animals on the property – 241 dogs and 8 cats. Pictures of the scene, too disturbing to include here, show run-down, make-shift shelters and dark, hot barns where the animals were housed 24/7. One person lived on the property.
HSNT staff, along with their own volunteers and dozens of local rescuers who volunteered their time, cared for – and vetted – the more than 240 dogs for nearly a month – in addition to the 200+ already at the HSNT’s adoption centers. PetSmart Charities sent two 18-wheelers full of supplies to HSNT, and local businesses and civic organizations chipped in as well, providing donations for the animals and for those who worked tirelessly to care for them.
On August 15th, a judge awarded permanent custody of the dogs to HSNT. Many of the dogs are now available for adoption, and HSNT has planned a “Happy Trails Mega Adoption Event” for this coming weekend. Saturday 8/31 from 11 am to 7 pm and Sunday 9/1 from 12 noon until 6 p.m., at any HSNT location, you can adopt one of these wonderful dogs and give them the 2nd chance they so deserve. “Our Happy Trails Adoption Extravaganza is the perfect opportunity for those seeking a new furry family member to get out and find a pet that’s right for them – whether it’s a dog, cat or another of the many types of animals we help at HSNT,” said Tammy Roberts, interim operations director for HSNT. “We have hundreds of animals who need a loving home. Many of these animals, like the dogs rescued from Celina recently, came from terrible situations and just need a loving place to call home.”
Animal cruelty charges against Animal Guardians of America are still pending.
The Humane Society of North Texas (HSNT) is a non-profit organization serving Tarrant and surrounding counties since 1905. They are supported solely by tax deductible donations and do not receive funding from county, state or federal entities, nor are they subsidized by any other organization. No restitution is expected, so the full cost of caring for these dogs will be HSNT’s responsibility. If you can help, you can donate online at http://hsnt.org/.
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