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Tortoises and Mastiffs Rescued at Hoarder Home in North Harris County

(June 26, 2023)

Houston SPCA, Harris County Constable Precinct 1, and Klein Fire Department joined forces on Friday, June 23, 2023, to conduct a rescue operation in north Harris County near the 21000 block of Glenwillow Drive. The collaborative effort aimed to save four African spurred tortoises, weighing between 40 and 130 pounds each, and three mastiffs found on the property. The Harris County Sheriff’s Office had apprehended a suspect who had barricaded himself inside the home overnight and requested assistance from the Houston SPCA for the animals.

Upon arrival, the rescuers encountered a distressing scene. The backyard was filled with garbage, overgrown bushes, and debris. Despite the challenging conditions, the team located the tortoises, which had burrowed themselves in various areas around the yard. These resilient creatures were freed from their makeshift shelters and given a chance at a better life.

Inside the home, animal cruelty investigators discovered the three mastiffs living in deplorable conditions. One of the dogs was in heat distress, underscoring the severe neglect they had endured. The combined efforts of the responders allowed the animals to be safely removed from the property and taken to the Houston SPCA.

At the Houston SPCA, the rescued animals received immediate attention from veterinarians who provided individualized treatment. This comprehensive care aimed to address both the physical and emotional traumas suffered by the animals. The collective efforts of all involved organizations ensured that these innocent creatures were given a chance at a brighter future.

The successful rescue operation demonstrates the effectiveness of collaboration among Houston SPCA, Harris County Constable Precinct 1, and Klein Fire Department in safeguarding the welfare of animals in distress. Through their dedication and swift action, the lives of the African-spurred tortoises and mastiffs have been forever transformed, illustrating the profound impact that coordinated efforts can have in promoting animal well-being.


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