Many of the dogs seized from the Spindletop Pit Bull Refuge in Willis have been reunited with their owners, according to Montgomery County officials.
“We thought we were doing the very best thing we could for this little dog, and it turned out to be not so good,” said Kim Cole, as she picked up a stray dog she left with the Spindletop Refuge. Cole paid 750 dollars to board the pit bull at the refuge.
Montgomery County Authorities and the Humane Society of the United States seized 298 dogs from the pit bull refuge July 18. The bodies of 38 other dogs were discovered in a mass grave on the property, according to authorities.
“The animals were living in buildings with little to no ventilation,” said HSUS State Director Katie Jarl. “The cages were so small most of them couldn't stand up or turn around. They were living in their own waste, and we see from vet exams that many of them have scalded paws from standing in their own urine."
Some owners who reclaimed their pets Thursday had boarded the dogs at the Willis refuge temporarily. Others thought they were saving pit bulls by taking them to the refuge.
“You know, whatever I do in my whole life, if I can save this dog, I think it'd be the best thing I'd ever done,” said Shamim Huq, in regards to a stray dog he left at the shelter June 15.
Nearly 100 dogs had been identified and picked up Thursday
“Pictures go a long way. I'm seeing person after person come in with tears in their eyes and pictures in hand. It’s very heart warming,” said Tim Holifield, Precinct 3 Constable.
Additional information can be found on the Facebook page, “Montgomery County Texas Canine Seizure Case, July 2012.”