The 150 dogs, six cats and one horse were removed from Puppy-Dogs-R-Us, a 20-acre, self-described animal rescue in Dayton, the SPCA said.
Margie Michalsky is the listed "principal" on their 501c3 registration.
Read the press release from the Liberty County Sheriff's Office
Lead investigator Sgt. James Sprayberry said at least 15 dogs at the property were being boarded there, and the owners will not be able to collect their dogs at this time. The owners must attend the Jan. 10 court hearing with proof of ownership and ask that their pets be returned to them.
If the court awards custody of the animals to the SPCA, owners can then contact the SPCA to retrieve their animals. The SPCA will also look for microchips while treating the dogs to determine whether they were lost or stolen.
Capt. Ken DeFoor of the sheriff's office said the investigation into this property has been going on since 2009.
"That place was horrendous," DeFoor said. He said the animals had been "virtually abandoned on the outskirts of the property without food, clean water, care or human interaction for weeks."
COMPLAINTS GOING BACK TO 2009
He said the owners have received numerous warnings from both the SPCA and the sheriff's office, but as soon as violations were corrected, new violations would crop up.
After years of this cycle, numerous violations and complaints from area residents led the sheriff's office to issue the civil seizure warrant on Jan. 4.
The SPCA said animals were found "in various conditions of neglect," surrounded by their own waste. Officials said some dogs were found standing on top of their kennels to avoid their flooded kennel floors.