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Property Owner Arrested for Animal Cruelty, Over 68 Animals Seized

The rescued dogs are being treated and housed at Dallas Animal Services, and may be put up for adoption depending on the animals’ behavior. (Courtesy of City of Dallas)
The rescued dogs are being treated and housed at Dallas Animal Services, and may be put up for adoption depending on the animals’ behavior. (Courtesy of City of Dallas)

More than 60 dogs and eight horses have been sieved from a property in Dallas, Texas, with the property owner being arrested for suspicion of animal cruelty. The raid was in response to an animal cruelty complaint at Margewood Street on January 13.

In a press release officials said:

According to The Dallas Morning News, property records identify the owner of the two-acre property as Melinda Vinzant. The 63-year-old has been charged with cruelty to livestock animals, cruelty to non-livestock animals, and is being held on various warrants.

(Courtesy: City of Dallas)

There was evidence of food around, so it seems they have been fed routinely. (Courtesy of City of Dallas)

 

Animal welfare officials have been working with Vinzant since September last year, in an effort to get her to comply with the city code and ordinances. Vinzant has received 40 citations about the livestock and pets during this time.

Dallas Public Information Officer, Emily Black, tweeted:

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The cruelty first came to light when a police officer was responding to an unrelated matter, and had noticed that there were too many animals on the property. In Dallas, Texas, local residents are allowed a maximum of six to eight dogs and cats, depending on the size of their property.

Under the LIMITATION ON THE NUMBER OF DOGS AND CATS IN DWELLING UNITS, the Dallas City Code states:

Dallas Public Information Officer, Emily Black, tweeted:

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Dr. Catherine McManus, Dallas Animal Services’ operations manager, told the Dallas Morning News:

Dallas Public Information Officer, Emily Black, tweeted:

“Cruelty to livestock animals, cruelty to non-livestock animals, & other warrants: Melinda Vinzant booked into Lew Sterrett Jail yesterday.”

Animal Services told media at a press conference:

The rescued dogs are being treated and housed at Dallas Animal Services, and may be put up for adoption depending on the animals’ behavior. The eight horses have been sent to the Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch, which is an animal sanctuary in Murchison, Texas.

One of the horses being readied to travel Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch, an animal sanctuary, in Murchison, Texas. (Courtesy: City of Dallas)

One of the horses being readied to travel to Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch, an animal sanctuary, in Murchison, Texas. (Courtesy of City of Dallas)

According to examiner.com, Dallas County jail records indicate Vinzant is being held in custody without bond. She also faces several charges to outside storage arrangements. According to the Dallas Animal Services’ Facebook page, rescuing the horses was assisted by the efforts of the Humane Society of the United States and Black Beauty Ranch.

All of the animals will be examined by veterinarians, and given needed vaccinations and care. Vinzant, if found guilty of felony animal cruelty charges, could face two years in jail, and up to a $10,000 fine.

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