October 23, 2011
FLOYD COUNTY ALPHATEX KENNELS DOG SEIZURE UPDATE: In September, I reported on the Floyd County seizure of nearly 250 dogs from the AlphaTexas Kennels in West Texas (click here). This KFYO news article describes the health and condition of the dogs and has photos of some of the seizure as does this local news story. Although the photo slideshow on KCBD news channel shows the pets and the conditions best.
The owners of the AlphaTex kennels, whose dogs were seized due to reports and observations of neglect, first asked for a jury trial which delays the Humane Society of West Texas from doing more for the care of the dogs and finding homes for them – increasing their operating costs in caring for the dogs. To see how you can help the HSWTX, see the original post by clicking here.
The real update comes in this MyPlainview.com news report, excerpted here:
Now, the Smiths want to sue Floyd County in the matter, and Commissioner Johnson said at least two Floyd County officials want to avoid a lawsuit with a $200,000 settlement.
“Our county judge (Penny Golightly) and our county attorney (Lex Herrington), they want to settle out of court,” said Johnson, who disagrees with any kind of settlement. “The taxpayers in this county had rather pay an attorney a lot more money rather than reward these people for cruelty for animals.”
Jacobs also encouraged people who disagree with a settlement to write letters voicing their displeasure. She suggested addressing the letters to Floyd County Judge Penny Golightly, Floyd Co. Courthouse, 105 Main, Floydada, TX 79235.
Please see the full MyPlainview.com news story update here. If you’d like to express an opinion to the County Judge, please use the address above. The Floyd County phone numbers are listed here. If you’d like to help the HSWTX care for these animals hung in legal limbo, the list of needs and how to help are listed here.
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