22 dogs in station wagon with owner!

Real Estate Agent with North Texas Home Finders 0462649


On Monday, the police in Pottsboro, Texas seized 22 dogs in a car, locked in and the driver woman inside. Pottsboro is just outside Sherman and about 70 miles north of Dallas.

The 22 dogs were crammed in a station wagon type of car. The owner refused to open the doors when a constable tried to serve her a warrant for the seizure of the dogs.

How can you drive with 22 dogs in your car? Can you imagine the potential risk that driving with 22 dogs in a car can cause to other drivers?

Here is what the Society for The Prevention Of Cruelty To Animals of Texas and Grayson County have made available for the publicPapillon.

Under the authority of the Grayson County Constable, Pct. 2, the SPCA of Texas seized 22 dogs, all Papillons, the morning of Monday, February 9, 2009, from a location in Grayson County.

The SPCA of Texas received a call from a concerned citizen regarding the welfare and living conditions of the dogs.

When an SPCA of Texas investigator followed up on that call, the dog owner first indicated that they did not have the dogs. However, upon further assessment of the area, all 22 dogs were found to be cruelly confined in one vehicle.

The SPCA of Texas is also concerned about the welfare of the dog owner and is planning on following up with Adult Protective Services.

The dogs were in the car along with a pot of water, blankets and waste.

SPCA of Texas vehicles will transport the animals to the Perry Animal Care Center McKinney where they will be cared for until the custody hearing. The date and time of that hearing will be determined.

If the SPCA of Texas is awarded custody at that hearing, the animals would be individually evaluated for potential adoption or placement on a case by case basis.

Lets hope that all these dogs get adopted and find good homes where they will be cared for properly!


For more information please contact Lara O'Keefe at 972.838.9156 or visit Hunter's Creek.


Comments (25)

Barbara Delaney
Park Place REALTORS, Inc. - Roanoke, VA

Dear Lara,

That was outrageous! I can't believe people can do that to animals!


Feb 19, 2009 09:21 AM
Terry Haugen STAGE it RIGHT! 321-956-2495
Stage it Right! - Melbourne, FL

Lara, since we don't know the underlying circumstances, what if the woman had just become homeless?  We all know the option of surrendering our dogs to the shelter, something I couldnt possibly do myself, but some people are not as well schooled as we are and don't know what they can do.  I'm going to give her the benefit of the doubt on this one.  That situation couldnt have been going on for long, and couldnt have lasted much longer.  I'd like to make a compassionate call in her favor, not condoning what she did but at least she didnt abandon the dogs in a vacant dwelling to die a slow painful death.

Feb 19, 2009 10:32 AM
Lara O'Keefe
North Texas Home Finders - McKinney, TX

Gary, I have a feeling thatthe courts will find her unable to take care of them or herself.

Cindy, I think that mandatory neutering for nonbreeders is a great idea. Sadly, the people that mistreat animals do not normally obey laws anyway.

Lori, my husband also keeps my animal count in check or I would be the same way. I've been like that since I was little.

Kristin, lucky for dogs they tend to be resilient and able to adapt.

Feb 19, 2009 10:59 AM
Lara O'Keefe
North Texas Home Finders - McKinney, TX

Janice, I hope they get adopted quickly too.

Barbara, not just the dogs, but she was in the car with a horrible ammonia smell. Not safe.

Terry, I agree that we don't have the entire story. I am willing to bet that she is not a fully functioning member of society.

Feb 19, 2009 11:01 AM
Angelia Garcia
Pure Realtors - Dallas, TX

Cute dogs, I hope all involved get help.

Feb 19, 2009 11:58 AM
Rita Minion
O'Brien Realty - Solomons, MD


What cute little dogs!!!  I hope they all get adopted quickly & the woman gets help.  


Feb 19, 2009 04:34 PM
Terry Haugen STAGE it RIGHT! 321-956-2495
Stage it Right! - Melbourne, FL

Lara, in light of that, she needs our sympathy, not our outrage.  I was a humane investigator in Virginia for many years.  50% of what I saw was not really the fault of the human, but rather the circumstances.  Not all of us have the wherewithall to make good decisions regarding our pets.  I think that woman thought she was doing what was best.  keeping them together, with her.

Feb 20, 2009 12:56 AM
Lara O'Keefe
North Texas Home Finders - McKinney, TX

Angelia, I have faith that people around here will provide them with good homes.

Rita, I agree. It's a heart breaking situation for the lady involved.

Terry, I'm sure you have seen a lot of this type of situation first hand with your experience. I'm sure the lady was doing what she thought was best. Sometimes we have to put the well being of our pets ahead of our own needs.

Feb 20, 2009 04:25 AM
Janis Calkins
Ventura Property Shoppe - Ventura, CA


But why did she have so many dogs....that IS her fault! Sorry, but I think giving her the benefit of the doubt might be out in this case. Although don't get me wrong, I am compassionate. I just think a person needs to know what their limit is.

Feb 20, 2009 12:04 PM
Janis Calkins
Ventura Property Shoppe - Ventura, CA

Oops...I really meant my comments for Terry Haugen who mentions this lady needs sympathy...I feel that she had way too many animals for her to handle alone. If she really had the best interest of the dogs in mind she would have found them homes where individually they could get attention.

Feb 20, 2009 12:06 PM
Terry Haugen STAGE it RIGHT! 321-956-2495
Stage it Right! - Melbourne, FL

Janis, as I said, we don't know the circumstances.  She probably didn't have all her dogs barking, if you know what I mean.  We can't fault people who don't have the mental capacity to make sound decisions.  15 years as a humane investigator gave me much insight into how things get the way they do with some people and their animals.  Till I know otherwise, I'm giving this lady my sympathy, and wishing the best of the best to her dogs.

Lara, of course we have to put the interests of our pets ahead of ours.  But if you don't have the ability to make that sound decision, both suffer.

Feb 20, 2009 12:24 PM
Lara O'Keefe
North Texas Home Finders - McKinney, TX

Janis, it is an unfortunate situation and we don't know all the facts yet. I do hope that the lady and the dogs all get the help they need.

Terry, at whatever our mental capacity, we are all responsible members of society who need to follow the same set of rules. She needed help and was clearly in violation of several laws regarding animals and automobiles. She could have created a dangerous situation for someone else on the road. In my city, we have a 6 pet maximum limit.

Feb 21, 2009 03:23 AM
Janice Ankrett
Burlington, ON
Staging Professional

From watching the SPCA shows on Animal Planet I get the impression that animal hoarders just don't realize there is a problem. They don't neuter or spay for whatever reason ( money or common sense) and the dogs or cats just keep reproducing. I assume that is the case here because the dogs all look like the same breed in the picture. The dogs and the hoarder end up living in filth. It is very distressing to see.

Feb 22, 2009 10:28 AM
Lara O'Keefe
North Texas Home Finders - McKinney, TX

Janice, I think you are right on the money. It is very sad indeed.

Feb 23, 2009 10:06 AM
James & Amy Galligan
Keller Williams Real Estate - Stroudsburg, PA

Wow and I thought the person driving down the highway with an pet alligator hanging out the window of the car was weird...

22 dogs!! it really is a miracle they were never in an accident where someone or the dogs were injured... people just don't think sometimes...

Feb 23, 2009 09:57 PM
Lara O'Keefe
North Texas Home Finders - McKinney, TX

James & Amy, I guess it takes all kinds!

Feb 24, 2009 07:18 AM
Jim Frimmer
HomeSmart Realty West - San Diego, CA
Realtor & CDPE, Mission Valley specialist

Unbeliveable. The police in Tijuana just raided a house there that had 157 dogs living in it. I just don't understand those people.

Mar 01, 2009 02:02 PM
Marchel Peterson
Results Realty - Spring, TX
Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro

Oh my 22 dogs in a car.  We have not had a good car dog for quite some time so I just can't even imagine.  We just recently lost our Labrador who was an awful car dog and now have a new rescue friend.  We are going to take him more often so maybe he will be a better car dog.  The problem here as you know it is hot so much out of the year that you can't leave them. 

Mar 02, 2009 12:56 PM
Lara O'Keefe
North Texas Home Finders - McKinney, TX

Jim, that's just crazy! can you imagine the smell?

Mar 02, 2009 01:47 PM
Lara O'Keefe
North Texas Home Finders - McKinney, TX

Marchel, we are lucky that our 2 Goldens are great in the car. I agree that we try not to have them in the car at all in the Texas summers.

Mar 02, 2009 01:48 PM