Eastland hoping to reach agreement with owner of dogs who were seized

Posted by Big Rat on Campus on Sep 8, 2014 in Rat News | Subscribe

An Eastland city official says he is in talks with a woman who had her dogs seized this week about releasing ownership of the animals.

“We hope to be close to an agreement with the owner that’s satisfactory to all parties” said Ron Holliday, Eastland City Manager.

The woman is suspected of running an unsanitary puppy mill, but has not been arrested. Holliday has said he was confident criminal charges would be filed against her and others.

On Monday, about 100 dogs of various breeds, mainly cocker spaniels and schnauzers — as well as eight pet rats and two tortoises — were taken from two residences in the city and county.

The animals were living in unsanitary conditions, but did not suffer physical abuse, Holliday said. A tip led Eastland authorities to seize the animals living in “terrible conditions,” said Paul Washburn, president of Abilene-based Rescue the Animals.

If the agreement is signed, the animals will be dispersed to rescue agencies around the state, Holliday said. Currently, the animals are being housed on city property.

PetSmart Charities has delivered temporary kennels, food and supplies for the animals.

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