Corpus Christi Animal Care Services seeks shelter for over 30 dogs

Animal Control investigated and removed 35 dogs and 1 cat from the residence. Additionally, they arrested three men and one woman for animal cruelty.

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — UPDATE: On May 18 at around 2:49 p.m., officers were dispatched to the 2800 block of Niagara Street in reference to animal cruelty.

Officers arrived and made contact with the owner, according to the Corpus Christi Police Blotter page.

Animal Control investigated and removed 35 dogs and 1 cat from the residence. Additionally, they arrested three men and one woman for animal cruelty.

Animals of all sizes and ages, even newborn puppies, could be seen being carried out of the house.

Among those at the scene Wednesday afternoon was Joel Skidmore, program manager for animal care services.

“There are a host of cruelty violations that we need to address,” Skidmore said. “There are animals that have untreated medical conditions for an unknown length of time. There are animals that live near their feces and urine, that’s what we consider ‘cruel confinement’.”

He says situations like this are tough, but unfortunately, it’s not new territory.

“We find ourselves in a situation where people try to do the right thing and they do too much, or they are overstretched and we often have to step in,” Skidmore said.

“Some people think their heart is in the right place, that they are doing well with animals and they don’t realize how bad the conditions are or how badly the animals are treated until PD shows up, Animal Care Services shows up, and we need to take these steps.”

Corpus Christi Animal Care Services is asking local rescue partners to lend a hand to provide animals already in their care with optimal shelter.

According to a social media post by Animal Care Services, the organization is “currently beyond capacity” and cannot house the animals.

Skidmore is also calling on community members to help out if they can by adopting foster families.

“There’s a legal process and we have to make sure the animals are treated as well,” Skidmore said. “But we have a large amount of animals on campus that really need homes. The best support we could have is if you are able to open your home as a foster, temporarily adopt an animal for us.”

If residents can help shelter animals, they can email the organization at [email protected]

Skidmore also wants to remind the public that if anyone suspects animal abuse nearby, call them at 361-826-4630 or the police. You can remain anonymous.

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