UPDATE: Houston SPCA still removing hundreds of animals from Coryell Co. home

POSTED: Tuesday, February 1, 2011 - 6:07pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 9:54am

CORYELL COUNTY -- Police are still investigating in Coryell County where hundreds of animals were found in terrible conditions.

Now, the Houston SPCA is working on getting the animals somewhere safe and warm during the freezing cold next couple of days.

The investigation started with a tip to police that some of the animal were malnourished.

"We knew it was going to be a large deal. It ended up being larger than we had even thought, and it's got to the point that we're going to be out here for quite a few more days," said Coryell County Sheriff Deputy Joe Blakely.

When police showed up, they counted a two tigers, two mountain lions, nearly 250 dogs, mostly rottweilers, one monkey... 39 horses, one deer and one raccoon.

They also birds, lizards and mice.

Police arrested Curtis and Racine Moore.

After that, those there to help the animals went to work.

A few of the horses might look normal, but that's only because they are pregnant. Fox 44 saw the horses at a local veterinarian where they were taken. When you touch them, you can feel every rib in the horse's body, and just by looking at it, you can tell it's very malnourished.

Dr. Kerry Newman says he's dealt with the Moore's animals before.

"I knew she had the big cats. I had seen them before, and I've been out to actually inspect their place a few times when a previous thing happened and everything was in pretty good condition. But like I said, I haven't been out there for a while so it's deteriorated a little bit," said Dr. Newman.

Houston SPCA started cleaning out,  but had to use special equipment for protection from ammonia levels in the home due to the amount of feces build up.

They will take the dogs, and we saw the horse starting to eat once they got to the vet.

A hearing to see what will be done with the horses is Thursday..

No word yet on what will be done with the rest of the animals.


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