Nearly 50 cats, dogs and birds saved from deplorable conditions at Waller County home

HOCKLEY, Texas — Houston SPCA and Waller County deputies saved the lives of nearly 50 animals seized from a filthy home  in Hockley on Tuesday.

Among the rescued creatures were 6 cats, 40 dogs, a parakeet and two Quaker parrots living in deplorable conditions inside a home filled with urine, feces, stacks of crates, newspapers and debris.  Some of the animals have untreated medical issues, the sheriff's department said.

Deputies said it was a challenge for investigators to get inside, and at one point, they had to use a window to gain access because many of the areas were blocked off due to debris and clutter.

A warrant was served by Waller County Sheriff’s department to the homeowner who is not living in the home.

Julie Kuenstle, Director of Communications at Houston SPCA told NewsFix, "It's not sustainable for any living creature to live there. That is when we use the assistant of Waller County Sheriff's department and they issue the warrant that allows us permission to come and rescue the animals and treat their medical conditions."

The Houston SPCA brought all of the animals back to its campus for a full examination, and any necessary treatment.

One animal, in particular, who needed treatment was a senior Italian Greyhound mix battling cataracts and other issues.

A court hearing for custody has been set for Nov. 21.

Anyone interested in adopting a furry little friend can check out the Houston SPCA for more information.