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Livestock seized from Gunter man


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GUNTER, TX -- A potbelly pig, a cow, two horses and seven goats are among the animals that had to be taken away from a Gunter man after S.P.C.A. investigators say they found signs the animal cruelty.

Three weeks after the livestock were rescued, the horses rib cages were still visible through their skin and their backs were sunken in, two signs the S.P.C.A. says it knew the owner of the animals wasn't taking good care for them.

"Mainly, the cruelty that we found that day was inappropriate water and food and in some cases, care. For example, the pig has severe mange," said Maura Davies, vice president of communications for the S.P.C.A. of Texas.

Davies says the S.P.C.A. of Texas had been working with the owner since last summer after the Grayson County Sheriff's Office received a complaint.

"At that time the animals did not meet the requirements for malnourishment. They had food and water," Lt. Rickey Wheeler said.

After another complaint in March, investigators returned to the property. This time, they say they found one goat dead and a colt decomposing. Reports showed it appeared the colt became tangled in a fence.

"One goat was found among other animals and the colt was found in the same area as his mother," Davies said.

The sheriff's office says another goat died after it was removed from the property.

S.P.C.A. investigators say several other animals were found in poor health and without food or water. The animals were seized and taken to the S.P.C.A. in McKinney for rehabilitation.

Court records show since then, the property owner has voluntarily given up ownership of the animals to the S.P.C.A. He will not face charges.

"With the S.P.C.A., once they were able to talk to him, I think they determined that it was not a complete case of neglect, but maybe not the knowledge of how to take care of the animals that he had and the multitude of animals that he did have," Lt. Wheeler said.

No one answered the door when we showed up at the property in Gunter but the owner did come home while we were there. He declined our request for comment then drove off.

Davies says she wants to use this as an opportunity to let other livestock owners know help is available if needed.

"Please take a look around. If you can't care for your livestock, contact your local law enforcement, contact the S.P.C.A. of Texas because the very worst thing any of us can think of is animals starving of suffering," Davies said.

Many of the animals rescued have been put up for adoption. However, many, including the cow and six goats, have already found new homes. We're told the two horses are up for adoption and that the pig should be available soon.  

Anyone interested in adopting the animals, or any others at the S.P.C.A. in McKinney can search the animal in their online database.