Alpha Tex federal lawsuit against local officials put on hold - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Alpha Tex federal lawsuit against local officials put on hold

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

At least one portion of the controversial Alpha Tex case is on hold.

Back in late September, the Floyd County Sheriff seized roughly 200 dogs from Alpha Tex. The county accused Alpha Tex of animal cruelty but the owners disagree. They asked a Justice of the Peace to return the dogs. The justice said 'no' and so now the Alpha Tex owners are appealing.

But in addition to the case in state court,  Alpha Tex also sued the Floyd County Sheriff and other officials in federal court. That federal lawsuit accuses Floyd County of constitutional rights violations. It also accuses KCBD NewsChannel 11 of trespassing.  Both Floyd County and KCBD deny the charges.

On Wednesday a federal judge agreed to abate the lawsuit. That means it will be put on hold for an unknown length of time. Alpha Tex requested the delay to see what happens in state court.  The next hearing is January 6th.

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