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Hockley County Sheriff's Department rescues 12 dogs in Anton animal cruelty case

ANTON, TX (KCBD) -

By Brittany Pieper - bio | email

ANTON, TX (KCBD) - You don't often hear a shelter described as a good home for pets, but for dogs recently rescued the Hockley County Sheriff, Kevin Davis, says the shelter is a huge improvement.

Tina Fried called the Hockley County Sheriff's Department after she found a dozen dogs locked up in a yard across the street from her home.

"It was heartbreaking. It was sad. It puts a knot in your stomach," says Fried. 

"It's not very often we get complaints on domesticated animals so when we find a case like this it stands out in our mind, and we try to take action as quickly as possible," said Davis. 

When you approach the house you can still smell the stench of decay. Sheriff's deputies found 2 dead dogs in the yard. The rest had no food or water. "One of them was very emaciated in very poor condition," said Davis. 

Police took them to the Levelland Animal Shelter to try to feed them and help them recuperate.

"They're being cared for, and we've had a veterinarian come out and assess their health to see which animals can be salvaged. Several of the animals may have to be euthanized, but that decision will be made by the doctor," said Davis. 

Officers say the dogs belonged to 34-year-old Michelle Wilson, but Fried says she no longer lives at the home where they found them. They issued a warrant for her arrest and charged her with 2 counts of animal cruelty.

One count for each dog they found dead. More charges regarding the living dogs could come later. Animal cruelty is a Class A Misdemeanor and carries a penalty of up to a year in jail and a $2,000.

"It's just terrible for somebody to do something like that. It's horrible," said Fried. 

Once they nurse the dogs back to good health, the shelter hopes to find new owners to adopt them.

"I hope that the animals find good homes, and I hope she gets punished for what she's done," said Fried. 

If you want information on how you can help or if you want to adopt one of the dogs call Levelland Law Enforcement at 894-6164. You can call Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

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