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Old 08-31-2007, 10:05 AM   #1
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Angry About 30 Dogs, other Animals Found Dead @ Kennel

By ANNE MARIE KILDAY and ROBERT CROWE
Copyright 2007 Houston Chronicle

Star Irish athlete tied to dog-fighting Dozens of dead dogs, along with at least 50 other animals — mostly American bulldogs — were seized Thursday at a north Houston kennel.

The grisly discovery was made by a bulldog lover who was hoping to buy a puppy from Pickett's Pride American Bulldogs at 16119 North Freeway, said Harris County Precinct 1 Constable Deputy Christine Kendrick.

About 30 dogs and other animals were found dead on the property. Forty-five dogs and three cats — sick and starving — were taken to the Houston SPCA offices, where they will be treated and hopefully put up for adoption at some point, said SPCA spokeswoman Heidi Brasher.

The owners of Pickett's Pride could not be reached for comment. They did not respond to phone calls, e-mails or faxes.

Kendrick described the dead animals as "recently decaying" or "absolute skeletons."

Many of the living dogs were surrounded by feces, and they had little or no food and water, authorities said. The rescued animals were covered in ticks and fleas, and some had sores. Several dogs were too weak to walk, Brasher said.

The adult dogs weighed about one-third of the standard 75 to 100 pounds for American bulldogs. Those dogs will be put on a "post-starvation" diet until they regain their strength, Brasher said.

SPCA cruelty investigators had been to the property before, but had never found conditions as severe as they did Thursday, Brasher said.

Authorities had visited the kennel about two years ago to investigate reports of poor conditions. Investigators had not visited the site since owners made improvements after the earlier complaints, Kendrick said.

Harris County Assistant District Attorney Belinda Smith, who toured the kennel, said the ammonia levels were so high in some areas that air quality tests were conducted.

"I'm still trying to digest the horrific scene I just observed," Smith said.

Kendrick said she hopes prosecutors will accept felony animal cruelty charges against the owners.

"In my opinion, this would be considered torture," Kendrick said.

Later Thursday, authorities learned that the owners had 20 more animals at another property, but the animals had been relocated by the time investigators arrived, Brasher said.

Attempts to contact several of the kennels' clients, who wrote "testimonials" on the business' Web site, were unsuccessful. Several of the customers' letters and e-mails praised the kennel and its owners.

Dan Linder, a dog trainer at Action Dogs USA in Navasota, said he was shocked to hear that authorities had found such a grisly scene. Linder has trained about a dozen bulldogs people had purchased at Pickett's Pride.

"They were pretty proud of those dogs at one time, so I don't know why they would neglect them," Linder said.

Bo Waston, a Midland breeder of American bulldogs, said he had done business with the owners of Pickett's Pride.

"In the past few years, I have heard from other breeders that there were terrible conditions. With as many animals as they had, it wouldn't be hard for them to be in poor condition. They had too many dogs," Watson said.

There is an American Bulldog Rescue group, but the organization's Web site does not show an organized rescue group in Texas.

The Pickett's Pride kennel, sandwiched between a gas station and a dental office, had overgrown vegetation and weeds, Brasher said. On prior visits, the owner would work with the agency to address problems, she said.

"It was tough for us. We definitely had to get those animals out today," Brasher said.

Chronicle staffers Salatheia Bryant and Kevin Fujii contributed to this report.
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i must say that I thank Michael Vick for being the example - i think alot of this $hit is gonna come out in the open.

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link please, i couldn't get passed the first few lines before my eyes almost fell out from pain.
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link please, i couldn't get passed the first few lines before my eyes almost fell out from pain.
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You have been "warned" mama.

It's stealing to post the article anyway.. Just give us the linky!!
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poor dogs. glad someone put a stop to it.
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Whoops I forgot the link.... Sorry guys. I usually add it at the bottom..


It's not theft. I have the writers of the article on top. BAM!
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That's awful! I'll never understand for the life of me how people can care so little about other animals. Too bad our justice system doesn't believe in "Eye for an Eye". I for one would love to see the people responsible for this act suffer in the same manner they made these animals suffer.
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That's awful! I'll never understand for the life of me how people can care so little about other animals. Too bad our justice system doesn't believe in "Eye for an Eye". I for one would love to see the people responsible for this act suffer in the same manner they made these animals suffer.
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It's not theft. I have the writers of the article on top. BAM!

Sorry, but it is. It's considered reprinting or redistribution without permission. It doesn't matter if you keep the authors name there or not. If you want to claim 'fair use' then quote the most relevant part and paste it.
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