All 43 dogs seized from a home in Aransas Pass on Wednesday now legally belong the City of Aransas Pass. The Aransas Pass Municipal Court awarded the dogs to the City this afternoon.
Richard Gonzales was arrested Wednesday morning after animal control seized 43 dogs from his property. Police say the dogs were found in deplorable conditions. Gonzales can file an appeal against today’s court decision if he chooses.
The dogs are still in custody of animal control or have been placed in outsourced boarding following medical screenings. According to the Aransas Pass Police Department, the dogs received health exams, vaccinations, tests for parasites and other diseases, de-wormer and flea medications, and nail trimmings from a veterinarian. Tests showed that 35 dogs were tested for heartworm and 32 of them were positive. The veterinarian tested 42 dogs for hookworms and whipworms. All those tested were positive. Three dogs tested positive for Parvo. One dog was euthanized due to severe dehydration, emaciation, and overall poor medical condition.
The Police also report that 39 dogs were scored for body condition. Three dogs were not because of Parvo and one was euthanized. On a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being great shape and 1 being bad shape, eight dogs scored a 2 and 21 scored a 3.
The City of Aransas Pass paid over $15,000 for vet services, boarding services and emergency medical services through a Petco Grant.
- Initial Vet Services – $7,758.58
- Boarding Services – $5,400.00
- Emergency Medical Services – $2,131.67
Richard Gonzales has an appeals process he can still file if he chooses to do so.
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