Report: Trinity woman left 16 dogs, cats at feces-covered home without food, water

Report: Trinity woman left 16 dogs, cats at feces-covered home without food, water
Source: Trinity County Sheriff's Office
Source: Trinity County Sheriff's Office
Source: Trinity County Sheriff's Office
Source: Trinity County Sheriff's Office
Source: Trinity County Sheriff's Office
Source: Trinity County Sheriff's Office
Source: Trinity County Sheriff's Office
Source: Trinity County Sheriff's Office

TRINITY COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Officers with the Onalaska Police Department arrested a 59-year-old Trinity woman on an animal cruelty charge on Feb. 6 in connection to allegations that she left 16 dogs and cats inside and outside her mobile home without food and water.

"You could see his ribs through the skin," said Tommy Parks, a investigator with the Trinity County Sheriff's Office.Wanda McClain is still being held at the Houston County Jail on a Class A misdemeanor animal cruelty charge. No bail information was available Monday afternoon.

According to an incident report from the Trinity County Sheriff's Office, Park spoke with a patrol deputy and learned that McClain had allegedly left about 16 dogs and cats at the residence without any food or water.

When they went to the residence to check the animals out, Park noticed one black and a bull dog in separate chain-link fence areas. Another black dog was chained to a tree in the yard, and there was trash scattered all over the property, according to the incident report.

"When we pulled into the driveway, there was trash, burn piles, and all kinds of materials everywhere," Parks said. 

Park also saw several dogs jumping on the sill for a big window at the end of the trailer. When the TCSO investigator looked inside the home, he spotted numerous dogs and cats running around the inside of the mobile home and dog cat feces all over its floors, the incident report stated.

Later a man walked up to the law enforcement officers and told them that McClain, the owner of the property, is now living in Onalaska. The man told Park and the deputy that the last time anyone had come out to feed or water the animals had been several days prior to Jan. 23.

According to the incident report, Park spoke with McClain about the animals on her property on Jan. 28. She told the TCSO investigator that the animals belonged to her daughter. McClain also said that she had been trying to take care of the animals, but she didn't have the money to take care of them or a ride to get to the residence on Shad Street, the incident report stated.

A short time later, Park met with McClain's daughter and told her that someone needed to take care of the problem, the incident report stated. The daughter allegedly told Park that she would have the problems fixed by Feb. 2.

A day later, McClain's daughter called the sheriff's office and said that she had removed her dogs from the mobile home on Shad Street, the incident report stated. However, she also said that seven dogs belong to McClain and another relative were still there, the report stated.

After the Trinity County Sheriff's Office received several calls about the remaining dogs getting loose, acting aggressively toward neighbors, and getting into people's trash, Park called McClain on Feb. 4 and told her planned to file animal cruelty charges against her.

Park went by the residence on Shad Street later that day, and one of the dogs wouldn't let him get out of his patrol vehicle, the report stated. However, he could see that the dogs were still inside the mobile home.

Then on Feb. 6, the Trinity County Sheriff's Office executed a search warrant on the property to seize the remaining animals, the report stated. When they got there, all the animals but four dogs had been removed from the property.

One of the dogs found was a Chihuahua that looked "very malnourished, and another was a mixed-breed dog that had what looked like a tumor on its stomach, the report stated. A white pit bull found on the property was allegedly so thin that Park could see its bones through its skin.

When the law enforcement officers searched the inside of the home to see if there were any more animals, they found feces and trash all through the home, the report stated. There were also numerous holes in the home's floors.

After Onalaska PD officers picked McClain up on the animal cruelty warrant, Park met them at the Trinity County line and transported her to the Trinity Police Department Jail.

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