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11/17/06-Tyler

Puppies Living In Dumpsite

Puppies were seen living in the dumpsite found in Smith County, East of Tyler. (KLTV News Photo) Puppies were seen living in the dumpsite found in Smith County, East of Tyler. (KLTV News Photo)

Trashing East Texas, this time it's discovered during a shed fire yesterday. The fire and illegal dumpsite is on County Road 21, in Smith County.   Two sheds caught on fire yesterday and were destroyed.  At one point the fire did threaten the home but firefighters got it under control.  But just feet away; behind the two sheds; a dumpsite.  Today, KLTV met Smith County's Environmental Investigator at the site.  

"Where do I start there are so many items in here that would be deemed hazardous to the environment. There is carpet, carpet padding, oil and antifreeze.   I've seen one battery.  Some of it has been here a while and some of it's new," says Sergeant Danny Brasher, Smith County Environmental Crimes.

Brasher walked this acre of land covered with trash. But Brasher says this site is more disturbing than any other site.

"We found some type of animals that had been butchered, I don't what they are yet. There are several puppies out here and they are eating on what that is.  And for the puppies to be living in this I would consider that animal cruelty," says Brasher.

Brasher says he is going to call animal control.

We did visit with the owner of the property, 65 year old Marice Mosley, who admits he and his siblings are using the land as a dumping ground. He say he didn't know it was illegal.

"I didn't know about owning your own property. I didn't know you had to take it to the landfill, if I would have known none of this would have been here," says Mosley.

Brasher believes some of the building materials, household trash and gasoline tanks have been here for more than 10 years.

"Because of the gentleman's age, I'm going to take photographs for the case and refer it to the district attorney," says Brasher.

Mosley says he is going to get the property cleaned up.

"Since he has told me what I need to do I am going to get one of cousin to come out here with a dump truck and take this stuff to the landfill," says Mosley.

Brasher hopes other property owners will release you can't dump trash on your own property. Brasher says animal control did come out and give Mosley a week to get the dogs vaccinated. His department will be monitoring the property to ensure that it's getting cleaned up. Illegal dumping is a state jail felony punishable up to 2 years in jail and $10,000 fine.

Karolyn Davis, reporting.  kdavis@kltv.com

 

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