SPCA rescues more than 300 animals from ranch

This tiger was one of more than 300 animals rescued from a ranch in Coryell County, Texas.

February 3, 2011 8:11:57 AM PST
The Houston SPCA says it braved bad weather to rescue and remove more than 300 domestic and exotic animals from a ranch in Coryell County, Texas.

The rescued animals include:

    Over 200 adult dogs and 40 puppies
    1 Tamarin (primate)
    2 Bengal Tigers
    2 Mountain Lions
    18 domestic cats
    5 birds (2 macaws, 1 cockatoo, 1 cockatiel, and 1 conure)
    1 lizard
    Over 30 horses and donkeys
    10 rodents
    1 deer
    1 raccoon

All of the animals on the property were found living in very poor environmental conditions. Conditions inside the dwelling were deemed dangerous for both humans and animals. Investigators also found several dead puppies and others suffering from hypothermia.

The horses are being cared for by a local veterinarian. The other animals, with the exception of the deer and raccoon who were removed by Texas Parks & Wildlife, are being taken to the Houston SPCA, where they will receive comfort, medical care and quality nutrition. The Houston SPCA is grateful to the Houston Zoo for providing guidance on the humane transport, medical care, proper nutrition and environmental enrichment for the exotic animals.

The two suspects in the case are facing 20 counts of animal cruelty and 2 environmental-related counts, one of which is a felony. Additional charges may be filed. An initial court hearing is scheduled for Thursday.