Target: Norm Uhl, employee of Houston SPCA
Goal: Praise animal welfare organization for rescuing more than 70 animals from a home.
The Houston Society Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) successfully rescued a large amount of animals from the home of an elderly couple in South Houston. They were able to rescue approximately 62 dogs and 15 birds from the home. There were also three chickens kept in the backyard. The Houston SPCA is now monitoring the animals’ conditions and nursing them back to good health.
The SPCA found urine, feces, and debris covering the floor of the couple’s house. Several of the dogs looked to be Chihuahua mixes and the birds ranged from parrots to pigeons. The animals were discovered after South Houston authorities did a “welfare check,” which is occurs when authorities receive a complaint that raises concerns about the safety of an animal in a certain home or area.
When the officers found the elderly couple’s home crowded with animals among debris and stench, they contacted the Houston Harris County Precinct 5 Constable’s office, which is the lead agency on animal investigations and has a lot of experience in dealing with animal hoarding situations. Authorities then contacted the SPCA, who put all of the animals in carriers and brought them to their headquarters. The couple has not been charged for their actions.
Please sign this petition to thank the Houston SPCA for rescuing all of the animals from this couple’s home.
Dear Norm Uhl,
No one is sure of the number of animal hoarders in the world, but reports in the media have shown that it has increased tremendously in the past decade. Most of these people collect animals to care for them, but soon become overwhelmed by all of the animals that they take in. Although we are unsure about the intentions of this elderly couple, this was most likely the case.
Thank you and the Houston SPCA for teaming up with authorities to rescue the 62 dogs and 15 birds that were living in their own filth in this couple’s home. This is a growing concern because people are only able to report animal hoarders if they are able to see the problem. Most cases are in private homes, which are unseen to the public eye.
Due to the quick actions of the authorities, SPCA, and the Harris County Precinct 5, these animals are getting the care they need and deserve.
[Your Name Here]
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