Three people are in custody and facing almost a dozen animal cruelty charges after police connected the trio to more than 300 animals found in inhumane conditions at two locations in Texas and Missouri.
Approximately 270 dogs and one cat were found Sept. 10 at a warehouse located in far south Texas near the Brownsville-Harlingen area in Los Fresnos, according to a release from Cameron County Public Health.
The animals were found in horrific conditions, were severely malnourished and had various skin infections and other ailments, according to Dr. Wes Bissett of the Texas A&M Veterinary Emergency Team (VET), one of the responding agencies assisting with the animals.
“Never in my lifetime have I seen anything like this,” Cameron County Sheriff Omar Lucio said during a press conference. “According to the officers, the conditions were terrible. It would make anybody sick.”
An investigation concluded Tiffany L. Woodington, 49, and her husband Steven, 59, were allegedly operating a nonprofit animal rescue called “All Accounted For” in Cole Camp, Missouri.
The pair is accused of housing animals in “severely inhumane conditions” at the Texas warehouse and then transporting them to a property in Cole Camp, according to the Benton County MO Sheriff’s Office.
The Cole Camp property consisted of an old school bus, a barn and a house where police found 38 dogs and one cat “alive but in unimaginable condition,” according to the Benton County MO Sheriff’s Office. Police later discovered approximately 120 dogs and one cat had died at that location while in Tiffany’s care.
“The animals were in various stages of decay, some were just bones,” police said in a Facebook post.
The living animals were removed for treatment and cared for by various organizations, including the Missouri Humane Society Task Force. In order to care for large number of animals seized at the Texas warehouse, the Cameron County Animal Shelter was shut down. Since last week, numerous adoption events have been held and only 70 or so animals are still needing homes, Bissett said.
Tiffany was charge with 10 class “E” felonies and 2 class “A” misdemeanors resulting in a $100,000 bond, according to the Benton County MO Sheriff’s Office.
Steven and another man, Mark Anthony Trevino, 29, were both charged with cruelty to non-livestock animals in connection to the animals found in the Texas warehouse, KGBT reported. Bond for both men has been set at $20,000.
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An investigation is ongoing. To help donate to the rescued animals, Cameron County Public Health is asking for donations of cleaning supplies, dog kennels, towels, rags and newspapers. The donations can be dropped off at the Cameron County San Benito Annex located at 1390 W. Expressway 83 in San Benito from 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.