KATY MAGAZINE NEWS
March 6, 2020
By Natalie Cook Clark
Local authorities are still investigating last week’s seizure of over 200 animals from a Katy home. The Houston Humane Society is working to arrange medical care for the animals and still seeks donations.
Houston Humane Society shared horrible conditions of animals from last week's Katy seizure.
Authorities Will Go After Offenders
Yesterday, Fort Bend County Judge KP George, along with law enforcement agents, held a press conference to discuss the ongoing investigation of last week's Katy animal seizure and send a clear message to any other animal cruelty offenders in the area.
"I'm proud to coordinate and help create the first Animal Cruelty Unit with our excellent law enforcement and nonprofit partners," states Judge George.
"If you are abusing animals, if you are involved in animal cruelty activities," says Judge George, "we are going to come after you, and we are going to find you, and we are going to prosecute you to the fullest extent of the law."
More than 200 Animals Found
According to Constable Wayne Thompson of Fort Bend County Precinct 3, his department responded last Thursday, February 27, to a request by Animal Control to review a property of a single-family residence at the 2000 block of Saddlehorn Trail. The homeowner did allow the officer to look at the property both inside and out.
The next day, the authorities returned to the residence with a warrant and seized 227 animals from the typically quiet street flanked by the Lake Pointe Estates and Falcon Point subdivisions. This case is being called an “extreme animal cruelty and hoarding” case and is the largest case of this kind in Fort Bend County ever.
"Some were dead, dying, or in need of serious medical attention," says Thompson.
The animals rescued include dogs, cats, reptiles, birds, fish, and small mammals.
A Grateful Society
“We are so grateful, thank you, everyone, that has supported our cause to save these animals,” states the Houston Humane Society (HHS) on Facebook. “Over the weekend, the animals were able to receive proper nourishment, comfy beds, and have started to receive the required medical attention that these animals desperately needed.”
According to HHS, the veterinarian staff is working in overdrive to ensure that the animals get the help they need.
Animal Conditions Include:
· Two tortoises in critical condition
· Numerous dogs with severe cataracts, some are already blind
· Broken limbs
· Discomfort due to untrimmed nails
· One cat with a broken jaw
· Animals with gum disease
The HHS expects these animals to need treatment for several weeks, if not months, depending on the court ruling. They estimate $50,000 minimum in costs for medical aid and housing.
Donations can be made at the HHS website here.
Judge George emphasized that this is a joint effort by many departments - law enforcement, taskforces such as the Harris County Animal Cruelty Taskforce, and nonprofits.
This continues to be a developing story.