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Barchard Shelter case: One warrant still active

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Over 200 dogs and cats were siezed when the Frank Barchard Memorial Animal Shelter in Wolfe City was shut down on July 23.

A warrant for the arrest of former Frank Barchard Memorial Animal Shelter proprietor Jo Ann "Jody" McIntier remains active, according to the Hunt County clerk's office. 

Jody McIntier, 61, of Wolfe City, and Joel Glenn McIntier, 21, of Wolfe City, have both been charged with cruelty to non-livestock animals, a Class A Misdemeanor.

Joel McIntier was served with an arrest warrant on Sept. 18 and was released on a personal recognizance bond. The first hearing in his case is scheduled for 9 a.m. on Oct. 15 at the Hunt County Court No. 2 in Greenville.

On July 23, the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Texas, supported by Hunt County law enforcement officers, seized more than 200 animals from the Frank Barchard Memorial Shelter in Wolfe City. SPCA of Texas staff said that the animals were housed in unacceptable conditions, had contaminated water and food and that many were sick. 

The animals were transported to an SPCA of Texas-operated shelter in McKinney.

On Aug. 14, Hunt County Judge Sheila Linden awarded full custody of the animals to the SPCA of Texas. Linden also awarded $61,876.60 in restitution to the SPCA of Texas for the cost of the investigation, expert witnesses, housing and care for the animals. The decision was not appealed.

Dr. Terri Stevenson of the SPCA of Texas testified that 135 of the animals had hookworms, 154 of them were infested with ticks, and 95 percent of them had fleas. She also said that 10 percent of the dogs had heartworms and 17 percent had respiratory infections. Four animals were found dead at the shelter in various stages of decomposition.

Class A Misdemeanors are punishable by up to one year in jail, a fine of up to $4,000, or both.

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