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Founder of Whiskerville Animal Sanctuary plans to appeal to get seized cats back

Founder of Whiskerville Animal Sanctuary plans to appeal to get seized cats back

Credit: The Galveston County Daily News

by Christopher Smith Gonzalez/ The Daily News

khou.com

Posted on January 26, 2012 at 10:12 AM

TEXAS CITY, Texas — The 184 cats seized from Whiskerville Animal Sanctuary Inc. have been in the state’s custody since Jan. 3, but the shelter’s founder Wydell Dixon would like to have them back.

Dixon is attempting to appeal last week’s ruling that the nearly 200 cats seized from the shelter should stay with county animal control, said Scott Shearer, Dixon’s attorney.

But the $105,000 appeal bond being requested by the court is more than she can put up, Shearer said.

A new state law passed during the last legislative session requires the person who has had the animals taken from them to pay the cost of keeping and caring for the animals while the appeal process goes on, he said.

Dixon has until Friday to put up the money, but Shearer said he would be filing an emergency appeal to reduce or waive the requirement. He said he believed the new requirement was unconstitutional.

 

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