Local Volunteer Ethel Spence Helps Save Over 550 Animals
On August 12, 2009 Lexington resident Ethel Spence, disaster volunteer with the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), United Animal Nations EARS (Emergency Animal Rescue Services) in partner with Kaufman County Sheriff 's office was deployed on a special assignment to raid a suspected puppy mill in Kaufman County just SE of Dallas. The raid resulted in a seizure of 542 dogs and 8 cats — Texas' largest animal cruelty seizure.
Dogs were kept in deplorable conditions for a number of years. Some of the worst HSUS disaster team has ever seen. Animals seized were taken to the Kaufman County Fair Grounds where a make-shift shelter was set up. The animals were then seen by a team of veterinarian and health care was provided. Most of the dogs had health issues from living in feces and urine most of their lives. The court awarded custody to Cedar Creek Lake Humane Society where all of the animals were sent to area rescue groups for adoption.
On August 23, Puppy Mill owners, Margaret and James Boyd were arrested on class A Misdemeanor charges of animal cruelty subject to $4000 in fines and up to one year in jail.