TOMBALL, Texas – A total of 93 collies were seized from a home in the Tomball area Friday after a judge granted a federal court order.
The majority of the dogs were found living outside on the property in the 14200 block of Alice Road.
Volunteers also found more collies, including puppies, when they entered the home.
Court records state that the house belongs to licensed eye doctor Elaine Kmiec.
According to court documents, she testified in federal court that she had approximately 35 collies.
"She says she is a breeder, but she does not sell dogs," explained Texas dog attorney Zandra Anderson. "They smell to high heaven. A lot of them are covered in urine and feces. Some of them have mats as big as baseballs."
Attorneys and volunteers showed up at the home with the court order Friday around 2:30 p.m. They expected the seizure to last through the night and into the morning hours.
The conditions the dogs had been living in were described as deplorable.
"Justice has been served and it's about time," said Vickey Willard with Houston Collie Rescue. "These dogs have been waiting a long time to be saved."
Kmiec declined to comment to KHOU during the seizure.
Animal activists say she is a hoarder who is in over her head and isn't properly caring for the dogs.
Neighbors said they always heard barking but could never see beyond Kmiec's fence.
"You think there's misery in there, but we can't see anything," said neighbor Marilyn Smith. "It's just wrong. I feel bad for her, but she wasn't doing the right thing."
It's unclear if more legal action could be brought against Kmiec.
There will now be a federal court hearing to determine what is going to happen with all of the collies. In the meantime, the dogs will be cared for by Houston Collie Rescue.