Animal Rescue 7-15-2010

Rescue and removal of animals from a home in Highland, Texas

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On Thursday, July 15th, the Houston SPCA Animal Cruelty Investigation Team assisted Harris County Precinct 1 Constable Jack F. Abercia’s Office in the rescue and removal of 1,079 animals from a home in Highland, Texas after receiving a tip from a concerned citizen. The animals included dogs, rabbits, hamsters, and a large array of birds, all of which were housed in deplorable conditions and lacked the proper food, shelter and care necessary by law.

Breeding boxes were visible inside of the bird cages and some dead and dying animals were found on the property. A dead bird was found hanging from a trap where it was being used as "bait." In addition, a thick accumulation of waste, old food and cobwebs could be seen on the bottom of the bird cages.

There were also cardboard boxes used for transporting birds inside one of the many sheds on the property which read "Live Birds Rush."

A court date will be set within 10 days of this rescue and a judge will determine custody of the animals. For the latest news on this rescue, please check our website at

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