Athens Review, Athens, Texas

December 20, 2012

Hearing to determine home for seized animals set for today

County sheriff’s office says more than 60 dogs were living in crates

Rich Flowers
The Athens Review

Athens — A custody hearing to decide the home of more than 100 dogs seized from a Lake Athens residence is set for 10:30 a.m. today in Poynor.

Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace Kelly Harris will preside over the hearing at the JP courtroom on Farm-to-Market Road 314. 

The purpose of the proceedings will be to determine if the animals were, in fact, cruelly treated, and to determine the disposition of the animals.

The Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Texas has been providing care and shelter for the 83 dogs and 22 puppies rescued from the property at 2523 Rose Point.

Henderson County Sheriff’s Office reports state 60 of the dogs were living in crates at the time of the rescue, with some of the crates holding as many as seven dogs.

The owner of the animals, Deborah Eckeberger, 59, was arrested at the residence on a motion to revoke community supervision related to an October conviction for cruelty to animals.

She is currently free on $15,000 bond.