It was a busy day for Lubbock Animal Control, as they seized 20 dogs from a Lubbock home Saturday afternoon. Neighbors say some dogs were in bad shape, but the residents of the home say they were just trying to take care of homeless dogs, and want the animals back.
"I see them in the street, on the side of the road, on loop 289, they're hurt, I picked them up, and I take care of them" Oscar Balderas, dog owner, says. Animal Control showed up to Oscar Balderas house Saturday to address what his neighbors are calling a big problem. "I had already called animal services numerous times; something needs to be taken care of" Teri Ortiz, a neighbor of Balderas, says. "Some of them were bleeding, it was rough, and I mean you can't have 18-20 dogs in a backyard" Ken Ashmore, another neighbor, says.
"I just heard the dogs fighting and just it was just so aggressive so I had to do something, so I called the animal shelter" Ortiz says. Balderas says he feeds them three times a day and says they don't usually fight. It all boils down to the law in Lubbock: you cannot own more than four dogs if you live within the city limits. Balderas has 24, but after animal control's seizure, he is now left with only four of the dogs, which is the legal number.
"I told that man from animal control if there's any way I can have them back, I am willing to go to court, and I want those babies back" Balderas says. Officials on the scene told us that they will be taking the incident to court. "I'll move out of the city limits if I have to, they're my dogs. I hope and I pray to god that I win my dogs back, all of them, from the baby one to the oldest one" Balderas says.
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