UPDATED: Tuesday, May 1, 2012 - 12:09am
WACO -- Owners of the nearly 80 dogs taken from their home in Central Texas have nine days to appeal the judge's decision to keep the animals in the care of a local animal shelter.
Monday morning a judge granted full custody of the 78 dogs seized from a puppy mill in Riesel to the Waco Humane Society.
The former owners Fran and Harold Plagens are also ordered to pay more than $11,000 because it has cost the humane society to take the animals in.
But officials with the Waco Humane Society say gaining custody is essential to getting the animals in a healthy environment.
"The animals were in a commercial breeding type of situation and so we as a humane society, we don't really agree with selling animals. We would like to again have these animals put in more of a home situation than a commercial situation," said Gina Ford, director of the Waco Humane Society.
Ford said right now they are waiting to find out if the Plagens will appeal the ruling but they have a number of rescue groups and potential adopters just waiting to give the animals new homes.