LUBBOCK, TX -- Lubbock Animal Services is currently conducting an investigation into a possible case of animal cruelty, after confiscating neglected pets from a home on Saturday.
Animal officers removed four dogs, a cat, and the body of a dead dog from the home on 51st St., after neighbors threatened to go in and do it themselves. LAS Director George Torres says his officers have had prior situations with these particular pet owners. However, in this case, they haven't been able to make contact with them -- the owners weren't home at the time the animals were confiscated.
LAS cited the property with breaking two city ordinances -- too many pets on the property, and failure to take care of the pets -- on Saturday. Depending on the results of this investigation, however, the animal owners could be facing additional charges of animal cruelty. A hearing in municipal court will take place later in the month to determine if the owners lose custody of the animals.
Even if the animals are taken away from the owners permanently, there's still nothing to prevent the negligent owners from acquiring more pets in the future.
"They don't lose the privilege of owning an animal. That is one thing that's not addressed, not allowing them to own animals anymore," Torres explains. "I think that's something that could be considered, if they're found negligent in what they did."
We're told the neglected animals from Saturday are now doing well under the custody and care of the City of Lubbock Animal Shelter. Many in the community have already reached out, offering to adopt the pets if they need new homes.