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  • Member of HSUS Animal Rescue Team with rescued dog

    Rowdy Shaw, a senior field responder with the Animal Rescue Team of The HSUS, holds one of nearly 300 dogs rescued from Spindletop Refuge in Willis, Texas, during the dog’s veterinary check at a temporary shelter. SCOTT DALTON/FOR THE HSUS

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Cooperative Efforts Free Hundreds of Dogs from Abuse, Neglect

It’s always a sad situation when places that portray themselves as havens for needy animals turn out to be anything but. That was the unfortunate case in July, when The HSUS’s Animal Rescue Team helped remove nearly 300 dogs, mostly pit bulls, from a facility called Spindletop Refuge in Willis, Texas. Assisting the Montgomery County Precinct 3 Constable and Montgomery County Animal Control, The HSUS team worked more than 20 hours straight, until 6 a.m. the next day, to transfer the dogs off the property and transport them to the emergency shelter.

A former employee had recently reported that 38 dogs died from heat exposure in one day, which allowed local law enforcement to take action. Almost all of the dogs were confined in crates. Dogs were sitting in their own waste, suffering from skin conditions and pressure sores, and some had muscle atrophy from not being able to move around. Volunteer veterinarians attended to animals in the greatest need and distress, and volunteers from the Houston Humane Society also helped out. The emergency shelter was staffed by HSUS staff and volunteers, Red Rover volunteers, and inmates provided by Montgomery County law enforcement. Animal Farm Foundation dove in to help, too.

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