A baby boy and 58 dogs have been found abandoned in a rundown home in Springtown, Texas. The child, aged just one year old, was found in a room surrounded by animal waste.
Five people have since been arrested over the incident. The sheriff’s office reports that cops are set to charge the infant’s mother, grandmother, grandfather, and two uncles with child endangerment and/or various animal cruelty charges.
The owner of the home, one Teresa Weldon, was arrested on Friday on an outstanding warrant for allegedly writing a bad cheque. However, she could now also face possible child endangerment and animal cruelty charges.
Endangering a child is a felony under the Texas Penal Code, and punishments can range from less than two years in jail for a state jail felony to up to 20 years in prison for a second degree felony. Fines up to $10,000 can also be applied.
Authorities told local reporters that the infant and 58 dogs removed from the property were living in “alarmingly unhealthy” conditions. The sheriff’s office adds that two of the dogs were euthanized not long after the raid, and that five other puppies later died. Sad, sad, sad.
The property was reportedly strewn with filth and dog faeces, and many of the animals on the site were restricted to living in stacked crates without adequate food and water.