Athens Review, Athens, Texas

May 9, 2013

80 animals confiscated

APD responds to smell of ammonia in unit

Rich Flowers
The Athens Review

Athens — The Athens Police Department confiscated 80 animals Wednesday morning from a woman living in an apartment on Carroll Street.

APD Lt. Michael Davis said the animals were of a variety of species but did not appear to be malnourished. At the request of police, the owner surrendered the animals to the Henderson County Humane Society. Davis said he does not anticipate filing charges against the resident because there were no signs of animal cruelty.

APD reports stated Davis went to the woman’s apartment in the Town View Apartments to investigate the smell of ammonia coming from the unit. She granted Davis entry into the apartment, where he saw a large number of cages in the living room. The living quarters were unsanitary, Davis said, with dog feces on the carpet.

Davis asked the woman if she was selling the animals and was told that she collected them because she “loved animals.” The animals were allowed to run free in the daytime and were returned to the cages at night. The owner of the animals told Davis that she walked the dogs daily.

Davis said the owner surrendered nine rabbits, nine dogs, 17 gerbils, 19 guinea pigs, 25 mice and hamsters and one cat. She was allowed to keep one of the dogs.