KILLEEN, TX — The Humane Society of the United States is assisting the City of Killeen in removing nearly 200 cats, kittens and several dogs.
It was a large-scale alleged neglect situation in Killeen.
Local authorities served search and seizure warrants on an 1,800-square foot residential property at 7 a.m. on Friday.
The animals appeared to suffer from a lack of veterinary care and were living in conditions that are typically seen in severe neglect situations. Several of the cats were nursing mothers and a number of the animals were in need of urgent medical assistance. They were immediately removed from the property.
Over 40 animals were found dead in the freezer.
The Humane Society is transporting the animals to a undisclosed location. They are being examined by Dr. Melinda Merck and Dr. Cate McManus. They were all receive any necessary immediate medical treatment.
RedRover responders are assisting in the care taking of the animals at the temporary shelter.
The assistance of the Humane Society of the United Sates was requested by the City of Killeen after concerns about the welfare of animals on the property were raised.
“No animal should ever be deprived of proper veterinary care or forced to suffer in horrible conditions like what our rescue team saw today,” said Kitty Block, president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States. “We are committed to doing all that we can to get these cats and dogs the expert care they so desperately need. We encourage the public to contact authorities if they ever suspect that animals are in trouble or in need of intervention. Sadly, this story is not unique, but we are certain that these cats and dogs now have a chance at a better life.”