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UPDATED: Leah Purcell Charged in Spindletop Dog Refuge Case
Update: First Assistant District Attorney Phil Grant tells us that one felony count of animal cruelty has been filed in addition to the four misdemeanor charges. A felony count is punishable by a maximum of two years in state jail and/or a $10,000 fine.
Former Spindletop Dog Refuge owner Leah Purcell has been charged with four misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty.
Filed July 15, the charges stem from the shuttered dog refuge where, in 2012, local authorities and Humane Society of the United States personnel seized nearly 300 dogs who they say were kept in filthy, appalling conditions. Thirty-eight other dogs allegedly suffocated to death in a building on a property a few months before the raid.
The charges were filed two days before the expiration of the statute of limitations.
Purcell, 48, was indicted in April on a felony charge of illegal commercial dumping. She was arrested July 5 after the driver of a car she was riding in was pulled over for not wearing a seatbelt. She was taken to the Montgomery County Jail and bonded out the following day.
HSUS Texas Division Director Katie Jarl told us earlier this week that “our team worked tirelessly for months to assist local law enforcement with the rescue, care, and placement of nearly 300 dogs living in squalor at Spindletop in 2012, and we stand ready to assist the District Attorney’s office on the prosecution of this case.” [See below for an updated statement].
The charges each carry a maximum penalty of one year in jail and/or a $4,000 fine. We hope to have more details soon.
In a new statement regarding the charges, Jarl says: “The atrocious conditions at Spindletop still haunt me to this day. Our team spent months on the ground to assist local law enforcement with the rescue, care, and placement of nearly 300 dogs, and with documenting the evidence needed to prosecute this case. We are grateful that the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office has moved forward with the charges, and we hope Purcell is charged to the fullest extent allowed by law.
HSUS is a “Fundraising Mill” and operates no pet shelters in Texas nor
elsewhere to place and care for any seized animals. Donate to local animal
shelters, not HSUS!
Obviously , Jarl has decided that HSUS didn’t gain enough money from this case ad will be -likely the first of many-as their launch before the legislature begins…Doesn’t HSUS realize that after processing so many people in Texass for cruelty that people know what this is about and it’s certainly NOT about Animal Welfare!!!
Texas has a 2 year statute of limitations to press charges for animal cruelty-Rather than to have this matter settled with the taking of the animals as they did in 2012, they have decided that they have enough evidence to move forward-Seriously?!? Apparently TX-HSUS needs a seizure and a felony charge but can anyone prove something happened before anyone even knew a problem existed?!?
Well, it is Texass…Anything is possible when they take animals after dropping the charges and illegally processing these cases and keep all the animals taken in the RAID -Often none returned and without conviction although stipulated in the statute that there must be a conviction or the animals are to e returned!!!…ALL of this done at TAXPAYER EXPENSE!!!
I venture to say due to all the law suits filed against Texas Health and Safety Code 821 as an illegal process in likely going to have an impact on the state legislature this year-Well, one can only hope that the law is repealed for the sake of justice and relief from the burden on the tax payer who is paying for all these cases and the cases that arise from the illegal process of due process. The only one who benefits are these Not For Profits, including HSUS who doesn’t have a animal shelter in Texass.
I can’t help but wonder how much MONEY HSUS has invested in this case to get a district attorney to file last minute charges-Thing is, will they be able to make them stick?!? Then again, it is ‘good ole’ boy justice’ and a statute that lacks proper due process-Let the battle begin-ALL AT TAX PAYER EXPENSE!!!
Disclaimer connected to this blog…Things said are of my opinion and the opinions of others…Stay tuned -B