Good Samaritan Discovers Dog Hoarding in Marfa Neighborhood, 3 Dogs Dead 2/26/13
CBS 7 News Reporter
February 26, 2013
MARFA, TX - Today Marfa residents are speaking out on nearly two dozen dogs barricaded inside tight quarters with unsanitary living conditions.
A good deed turned into a nightmare, once a samaritan found dead dogs inside the home and more than 20 animals locked in rooms.
Tyler Spurgin says he was helping a neighbor going out of town. But when he arrived to feed his neighbor's dogs; he was left in shock after what he found.
“He let me know that I was going to need to go in through the window in order to get inside his trailer. Because he has all the doors barricaded. I did that and I found the condition inside really horrible," said Marfa resident Tyler Spurgin.
Spurgin discovered 20 dogs living in their own feces, trapped in cages and without any food or water.
“We kind of always knew he kept a lot of dogs. When Tyler came home on Friday night, after coming here, he was visibly shaken by what he found when he came into the property,” said Surgin’s wife Lena Hill.
Among the mess, the couple says they discovered three dead dogs. It’s a tragedy they immediately informed police about.
“The next Saturday morning, I went directly to the sheriff’s department to file the complaint,” said Spurgin.
The Presidio County Sheriff's Department says there is little they can do about the situation now, because they are waiting for their animal services officers to return from vacation.
Until then the couple says they will be caring for the pets and trying to keep them alive.
We tried contacting the owner of the dogs; however he did not answer our phone calls. Tyler and Lena say they've been out of contact with the owner for 2 days now.