Officers Seized Dogs After One Found Dead, Another Emaciated

Published 07/05 2014 05:19PM

Updated 07/05 2014 08:03PM

By James Clark

LUBBOCK, TX -- Officers with City of Lubbock Animal Services confiscated at least four dogs, one cat and the dead body of another dog in the 4200 block of 51st Street Saturday afternoon. At least one neighbor called in a complaint to Lubbock Police and Animal Services - saying two dogs were emaciated in the back yard of a home, and a third dog had died recently.

The caller, Andrew Oliver, said, the occupants of the house moved out and left the animals behind – an allegation that Animal Services has not yet verified.

“These people need to be locked up and never be allowed to own an animal ever again,” Oliver said.

Oliver was frustrated with police and Animal Services because he called in a complaint on Friday, July 4, but no action was taken. Police and Animal Services showed up Saturday just prior to a small group of private citizens who said on Facebook they would go into the house and rescue the animals trapped inside. Officers told them not to go inside.

Oliver said, “We’re trying to take care of these dogs, save these dogs, prevent these people from going and getting more dogs, and hopefully prevent this from happening again.”

Animal Services not only confiscated the animals but Oliver said, “Today they posted a notice on the door for animal cruelty for the dead dog.”

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