Sixty seven dogs were seized Thursday by the Houston Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals from a self-proclaimed rescue operation at a home in Cleveland

From the Houston SPCA...

The Houston SPCA rescued 67 dogs today from a self-described “rescue” in Cleveland, TX (Liberty County).

Many of the dogs were crammed in small rooms and stacked in small, unsanitary cages.

Others roamed freely inside the home where urine soaked the floors and feces was smeared on the walls.

Many of the animals have medical conditions such as skin issues and hair loss, upper respiratory infections and masses/tumors.

The deplorable conditions were discovered on an initial inspection and the owner was given immediate notice to remedy the poor environmental conditions.

A follow-up showed no marked improvements in the animals’ living conditions.

A civil seizure warrant was obtained by the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office and the animals were rescued by the Houston SPCA and taken to the shelter for evaluation and care.

The case will be heard by a court in Liberty County, where the Houston SPCA hopes the owner will be divested of ownership and custody given to the Houston SPCA so we can continue their journey towards health, happiness and new homes.

The mission of the Houston SPCA is to promote commitment to and respect for all animals and to free them from suffering, abuse and exploitation.

The Houston SPCA is the Gulf Coast’s largest and oldest animal protection organization.

For more information, call (713) 869-SPCA (7722) or visit,