Tuesday morning, a Liberty County Pct. 6 Judge Ralph Fuller awarded over a dozen animals to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, along with a monetary judgment against the animals’ former owners to cover their medical expenses.
Pearl Eugene Morgan and Lucille Briles now owe the SPCA $7,800, and Deputy Linda Bloomingdale said she plans to file Cruelty to Animals charges against both parties.
A citizen’s complaint called in to the Liberty County Sheriff’s Department June 3, regarding several animals that appeared to be neglected at #207 CR 3600, in north Liberty County, resulted in the seizure of six horses, one donkey, two dogs, one cat and four pigs. All the animals were turned over to the Houston SPCA.
Deputy Bloomingdale, who received the original complaint, made arrangements with the SPCA to meet and evaluate the situation. Investigator Maggie Kovacs with the SPCA and Dep. Bloomingdale went to the address and found the animals in very poor condition with one horse kept in a horse trailer with only rancid water to drink, and no food.
Other horses were in a pen area standing in 9 inches of feces, and were using that for food as there was no water or food for them. The other animals were in equally deplorable living conditions. Deputy Bloomingdale said that it looked as though the animals had been totally abandoned, because there was no one at the residence during their investigation.
A warrant was secured out of Judge Fuller’s Justice Of The Peace Pct. 6 Court and the animals were then released to the Houston SPCA. Deputy Bloomingdale posted a seizure warrant at the residence and the investigation revealed the animals belonged to Morgan and Briles.