HEARNE, Tex. (KBTX) - On Friday, a man who owned more than 30 dogs at his home in Hearne passed away. A local animal shelter is now working to help them out.
On Monday, Urgent Animals of Hearne Robertson County were able to take 16 dogs out of the home. They say they've been working with the Hearne police department and animal control.
"They have been surrendered by the family. I was here Friday with the animal control officer and the police and they were just taking care of the deceased, so we stood down on that we didn't do anything and then over the weekend the contacted us. We came over and met them Saturday and hammered out a release and stuff so we could come in and get this done," said Deb Fatheree, with Urgent Animals of Hearne.
Fatheree says this wasn't the first time the organization was called to the home.
"Over the last three years we've gotten 23 animals. He was told not to do it but people are going to do what they want to do," said Fatheree.
One neighbor told KBTX they frequently saw the dogs running on the streets.
Urgent Animals of Hearne says they have about 160 animals in foster care and the numbers are too high for the County to deal with.
"No, they really can't. It really shouldn't be a government thing in my opinion. This is a community problem. This is individual problems. They don't have the means, the funds, that's why we keep begging," said Fatheree.
Fatheree says they need around $7,000 to care for the animals. They'll need vet care and rehabilitation before being adopted. They will be going back to the house over the next few days to rescue the rest of the dogs.
"People are already wanting to adopt these dogs and what they don't understand is that these dogs have had no social interaction at all, no vaccines, no anything so they're very dangerous to put into somebody's personal home. They're gonna go to the vet now and we're going to evaluate them and let them decompress and see where we go with them," said Fatheree.
Urgent Animals of Hearne said in a Facebook post if you would like to donate monetarily you can call Robertson County Vet at 979-279-9201 during business hours.
If you would like to donate materials (food, kennels, blankets, etc.) there is a donation bin at America’s Country Store in College Station.
If you would like to foster you can visit this link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSddOJ9F3GY2aXf5muEY73hdPHY0x_6Pfmd8dwkLS5mnajDIjg/viewform