On Monday, April 18, 2016, field officers with the Department of Animal Services responded to an apartment complex on the 9300 block of Viscount to investigate a report of several possible abandoned animals.
Upon entering the apartment unit in question, officers found numerous animals that had been left alone in unsanitary conditions with no access to food and fresh water. In total, six cats and three dogs were left in the apartment unit.
Animal Services officers were unable to contact the owner of the animals, but did make contact with a family member.
The family member stated that the owner had traveled outside of the state to visit family. It is not known at this time exactly how many days the animals had been left alone in the unhealthy conditions.
The animals are currently being held at the Animal Services Shelter where staff is trying to place them in foster homes that can help the animals recover into adoptable pets. Animal Services is asking for assistance from local rescue groups and residents that are interested in fostering any of the animals involved.
Potential fosters are asked to visit the Animal Services Shelter in person at 5001 Fred Wilson Avenue to learn more.
Animal Services continues to investigate this case and plans to present their evidence to the El Paso Police Department for further investigation and potential charges once the Animal Services investigation is complete.
This is the first large scale cruelty investigation for Animal Services Field Operations since joining the Department of Animal Services earlier this month. Field Operations where previously housed out the Environmental Services Department.
Shelter Hours: Mon, Tues, Thurs, & Friday – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Wednesday – 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday – 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.