The Humane Society Helps To Rescue Approximately 40 Neglected Dogs Being Kept Outside In Hazardous Living Conditions In Smith County, Texas

Photos By: Gareth Patterson/AP Images for The HSUS

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) helped assist the Smith County Precinct 4 Constable’s Office in rescuing nearly 40 dogs from an alleged neglect situation in Smith County, Texas. The SPCA of East Texas and Animal Investigation and Response also provided assistance on-scene.

A neglected dog is seen in a cage during an animal rescue by The Humane Society of The United States on Friday, Jan. 21, 2022 in Smith County, Texas. (Gareth Patterson/AP Images for HSUS)

Local authorities served the owner of the property with a search and seizure warrant at approximately 9 a.m. on January 21st. The dogs were found in chain-link kennels, with their water bowls frozen over. The living conditions were hazardous, with corrugated metal collapsing into some of the cages. Some of the dogs appeared to be fearful, while others were eager for attention and appeared excited to greet the rescuers.

Kat with the SPCA of East Texas carries a neglected dog out of a cage during an animal rescue by The Humane Society of The United States on Friday, Jan. 21, 2022 in Smith County, Texas. (Gareth Patterson/AP Images for HSUS)

The rescued animals are being transported to a temporary shelter in an undisclosed location where they will be examined by licensed veterinarians and receive much-needed care and TLC. RedRover responders are assisting the HSUS in the caretaking of the animals at the temporary shelter. The rescued dogs will be joined at the temporary shelter by 10 additional dogs who were removed from the same property earlier this month by the SCPA of East Texas for urgent care.

Neglected dogs are seen in a cage during an animal rescue by The Humane Society of The United States on Friday, Jan. 21, 2022 in Smith County, Texas. (Gareth Patterson/AP Images for HSUS)

“It’s difficult to imagine the way these dogs have been living,” said Audra Houghton, director of animal rescue team operations for the Humane Society of the United States. “We are grateful to Smith County for intervening to get these animals help, and to SPCA of East Texas, Animal Investigations and Response, and RedRover for helping to give these dogs a new beginning.”

Vet Tech Marilyn cares for a neglected dog during an animal rescue by The Humane Society of The United States on Friday, Jan. 21, 2022 in Smith County, Texas. (Gareth Patterson/AP Images for HSUS)

“It is unfortunate in the world today that the voices of so many barking for help go unheard,” said Josh Joplin, Smith County constable. “Here in Smith County, we hear those voices. As a law enforcement agency, we won’t tolerate animal cruelty in our community.”

Neglected dogs are seen in a cage during an animal rescue by The Humane Society of The United States on Friday, Jan. 21, 2022 in Smith County, Texas. (Gareth Patterson/AP Images for HSUS)

The assistance of the Humane Society of the United States was requested by Smith County officials after concerns about the welfare of animals on the property were raised. The dogs were surrendered and will eventually be available for adoption through shelter and rescue partners after their immediate needs are addressed.

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