Animal Control returns to home where dead dog was seized Tuesday

ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) - Members of Abilene's Animal Control Department have returned to a home where a dead dog was found tied to a shelter Tuesday. 

It's unclear why they've returned to the scene on the 1900 block of N. 2nd Street, but KTAB and KRBC have an inquiry into the City to get more information. 

Members of the Abilene Police Department and Abilene's Animal Control Department were initially called to investigate the home Tuesday afternoon after concerned citizens noticed the dead animal. 

The animal was removed from the property and the resident inside was notified that the Abilene Police Department was going to begin investigating her for animal cruelty.

KTAB and KRBC spoke to this resident, and she said she went outside a day ago and noticed her dog, which normally ran free, had been put in a collar and leash and hanged. She says she left it in the yard because she has a weak stomach and didn't know what to do with it. 

This woman also said her other two dogs never wear collars and are never tied to anything. These dogs currently remain in her custody. 

A witness also spoke out to KTAB and KRBC, saying she sees different dogs tied to sheds on the property all the time, so she drives by regularly to check on them. and on one of her recent drive-bys, she noticed the dead dog and contacted the authorities. 

The City of Abilene confirmed police have been called to the home for animal issues the following two times in the past:

  • 9/6/2016 – Check welfare two pit bull puppies.  Officer responded and left letter related to shelter for 1 dog and information about proper tethering.
  • 12/28/2016 – Check welfare skinny pit bull short tether.  Officer responded and was unable to make contact.  Saw tethers but no dogs, when knocked could hear dogs barking inside.  Left a notice.

KTAB and KRBC will continue to monitor this investigation as it develops. Check back with BigCountryHomepage for the latest information. 

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