MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Texas — Nearly 200 animals were rescued Tuesday from a Montgomery County home.
Investigators with the Houston SPCA said the animals were pulled from some of the worst living conditions investigators have ever seen.
It's the first large-scale seizure of the year for the SPCA. The discovery was made when the people living at the home called animal rescue to remove some chickens from the property. As soon as volunteers saw what was happening on the property, they called Montgomery County Precinct 3 deputies who then called the SPCA.
Chickens, roosters, rabbits, ducks, parakeets, potbelly pigs, cats and dogs were found living in rooms filled with dirt, feces and urine.
Some of the animals were in need of immediate care and were taken to the Houston SPCA's campus.
"Most of those small animals are stable," said Dr. Roberta Devanand, the chief veterinarian for the Houston SPCA.
"It is amazing that they’re in the shape that they’re in," Devanand said. "They do have some issues, but I am surprised that they don’t have worse issues, looking at their living conditions."
The animals will be at the donation-based SPCA for a few weeks.
Right now no one is facing criminal charges, but the investigation just started.
A judge will decide what happens to the animals. A court hearing is set for Jan. 28 at 10 a.m. in Montgomery County.