ALDF Calls Out Worst Texas Animal Houses of HorrorPosted on June 9, 2014
Animal Legal Defense Fund Urges Shut-Down of Lone Star State’s Law-Breaking Facilities
For immediate release:
Lisa Franzetta, ALDF
Megan Backus, ALDF
HOUSTON — After thorough review of commercial breeders in Texas, the national nonprofit Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) sent a formal letter this week to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), singling out the worst breeders, roadside zoos, and animal testing facilities, and demanding the agency enforce the law against violations of the federal Animal Welfare Act (AWA). ALDF’s review of the inspection records shows animal cruelty routinely goes unpunished and the group urges the USDA to move suffering animals to reputable shelters where they can receive veterinary attention. Furthermore, ALDF’s letter calls on the USDA to apply civil penalties and revoke the licenses of commercial dealers that have violated the AWA on multiple occasions, including but not limited to:
- Susan Franz, Facility No. 74-A-1475 (Belton). Between 2012-2014, Ms. Franz failed to provide veterinary care to multiple dogs, who were either severely dehydrated, had worms, or dental problems. She also failed to provide structurally safe housing; wire flooring caused puppy feet to fall through the wire, resulting in injury.
- Stillmeadow Inc., Facility Nos. 74-R-0049 and 74-B-0254 (Sugar Land). Between 2011-2014, Stillmeadow failed to provide adequate veterinary care, used unapproved wire flooring that caused so much injury animals were unable to move, and did not provide ventilation in one kennel room with ammonia so strong it burned the APHIS inspector’s eyes.
- Capital of Texas Zoo, Facility No. 74-C-0644 (Cedar Creek). In 2013, the zoo failed to provide veterinary care to an underweight camel, or clean water for a hippopotamus. The zoo also failed to provide adequate care for a number of other animals.
- Moody Gardens Inc., Facility No. 74-C-0914 (Galveston). This amusement park kept water quality for marine mammals well below permissible levels.
- Abco, Inc., Facility No. 74-R-0207 (Seguin). Between 2012-2013, this animal testing facility failed to provide adequate veterinary care for several noticeably thin goats, one of whom had an untreated month-old wound from a dog attack.
- Bayou Bends Exotics, LLC, Facility No. 74-B-0655 (Alvin). Between 2011-2013 this breeder failed to provide adequate shelter or sanitary environment for animals—rooms were so filthy the ammonia smell was notable by inspectors. Inadequate water, dead animals left for days, unnoticed by staff, and fly infestation were other problems.
“We call upon the USDA to act upon these horrific violations—which have been thoroughly documented in their own records,” said Stephen Wells, executive director of the Animal Legal Defense Fund. “These facilities must be held accountable, before more animals are harmed behind closed doors.”
ALDF’s letter and a complete list of abusive breeders are available by request.
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