Barbara Ann Ramsey has been charged with animal cruelty.
HENDERSON COUNTY, Texas – 67 dogs were confiscated Friday during a massive house attack in Henderson County.
According to the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office, 65-year-old Barbara Ann Ramsey was arrested Thursday and charged with animal cruelty.
“We have been looking into this case for the past few weeks and I am grateful to report the success of this massive rescue effort,” said Henderson County’s Sheriff Botie Hillhouse.
Officials say the dogs lived in feces and urine and in generally unsanitary conditions in the trailer house.
On Jan. 22, Ramsey was cited for having four vicious animals on her property, which is on the 21,000 block on Deer Run Road south of Chandler. She did not respond to the quotes. In the days that followed, additional violations were discovered and quotations were issued.
On Thursday, a caller reported a vehicle that a group of dogs parked in the parking lot of a gas station on State HWY 31 in Athens.
The Athens Police Department found a mother and 10 pups and took them to the Athens animal shelter.
Officials found Ramsey in Murchison after dumping the dogs and arrested her for a traffic violation.
In the past two days, a total of 79 dogs have been rescued from these multiple agency investigations.
The investigation is still ongoing. Additional fees can be submitted. All dogs were taken to the Athens animal shelter.
Animal control officers from the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office, Gun Barrel City, Mabank, Malakoff, Tool, and Chandler Police Departments assisted with the rescue.
“Half a dozen agencies and bureaus have joined this big rescue,” said Sheriff Hillhouse. “It’s the largest operation of its kind in the county since I’ve been in office for four years.”