I Call Shotgun!

 |  Feb 10th 2009  |   2 Contributions


In this case, riding shotgun means having to get the coveted seat before 21 other pups do. That's right, a woman in Pottsboro, TX was sharing her station wagon with 22 dogs. I have to believe that didn't smell too pretty.

Twenty-two dogs found confined to a station wagon were seized by the SPCA of Texas on Monday morning and taken to an animal shelter in McKinney, SPCA officials said.

Investigators from the SPCA got a tip about a car parked along an unmarked road near the police station in Pottsboro, about 80 miles north of Dallas.

When a Grayson County constable tried to serve a warrant around 9 a.m., a woman in the car locked the doors and refused to come out, said Maura Davies, a spokeswoman for the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Inside, 20 adult dogs and two newborn puppies - appearing to be papillons and long-haired Chihuahuas - were crowded in among blankets, a pot of water and waste. Investigators don't know how long the dogs had been in the car.

The dogs were removed from the car and taken to the Perry Animal Care Center. The SPCA is waiting for a judge to issue a decision as to who will get custody, the owner or SPCA. I'm going to have to vote for the SPCA in this case.

No charges have been filed against the woman, or expected to be. She wasn't coherent when approached in the car, the SPCA contacted Adult Protective Services.

We hope the woman and dogs get the care they need.

* Odessa riding shotgun.

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