58 Dogs & Baby Found Covered in Feces in Texas Home

dog sheleterThere's vile, and then there's vile. A family of five in Parker County, Texas was arrested after authorities discovered they had 58 dogs in their small home who had been completely neglected. Thirty-one of them were discovered in crates coated with their own urine and feces, and the others were just running around without any access to food. The police were tipped off by a neighbor who could smell the decay and dishevelment from the street. Unfortunately, that's not the worst part.

In the center of the mess was an 18-month-old lying in a crib surrounded by his own waste.

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Five of the child's family members were taken into custody and charged with animal cruelty and child endangerment, including the infant's grandmother, grandfather, mother, and uncles, who all seemed to reside in the filthy house.

After police came in, the animals were taken to a shelter where some of them had to be put to sleep.

As an animal lover, it breaks my heart that a background check wasn't performed on the Weldons, the family at hand. A simple drive by their house would've proven to anyone that they had an unfit home for one animal, let alone 58. Because no one at the shelter thought to check up on the people who adopted close to 60 dogs, a child's health, if not life, was put in extreme danger.

No one is to blame here except for the Weldons, but still, you have to wonder how they were able to get away with this for so long. Maybe someone should teach them a lesson and put them in crates without access to a bathroom or to food.

A lot of innocent animals' lives were lost, but the most important thing is that the baby is safe now, and hopefully safer going forward. There's no word on whether or not the boy will be permanently removed from the home, but I gotta say, I hope he is. That house was not fit for dogs, let alone infants.

What do you think should be the family's punishment?

 

Photo is not of a dog of the Weldons'. Image via woody h1/Flickr

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