HOUSTON, Sept. 24 (UPI) — Officials with the Houston Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals say they seized 1,045 animals from a local home on suspicion of mistreatment.
Houston SPCA investigator Charles Jantzen said many of the animals taken from a northwest Houston home Wednesday had been crammed into cages and were living with little food and water, the Houston Chronicle reported Thursday.
“They were in deplorable conditions throughout the entire property,” Jantzen said. “Very few of the animals had the basic staples of life — food, water and shelter.”
Most of the animals seized following an anonymous tip were birds, but SPCA investigators also rescued dogs, snakes, iguanas, gerbils and a goat.
“There was a goat there that was skin-and-bones walking around the property,” Houston SPCA spokeswoman Meera Nandlal said.
The Chronicle said the unidentified owners of the home told authorities they sell the animals at area flea markets. No arrests were reported as the homeowners were reportedly cooperating with authorities.
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