Nineteen animals said to be kept in dire conditions were seized from a property in Hunt County Wednesday.

The SPCA of Texas Thursday announced the seizure of more than five dozen fighting birds and alleged cockfighting paraphernalia from a van Tuesday night.

Commerce City Manager Marc Clayton says an inspector representing the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) visited the shelter and gave positive comments to Clayton, with a favorable formal report expected soon.  Following the recent controversy concerning the shelter, a complaint had been filed.  Mayor Dr. John Ballotti acknowledges that he made an error in not allowing citizens to speak concerning the shelter at the council's most recent meeting, and says if they appear at the next meeting, November 18, they'll be allowed to speak.

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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.

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Over 200 animals seized from an animal shelter in Wolfe City are now in the custody of the Texas SPCA.

In a custody hearing Thursday morning, Judge Sheila Linden awarded the custody of the animals, which were seized from Frank Barchard Animal Shelter on the morning of July 23, to the SPCA along with $61,876 in restitution for conducting an investigation, hiring expert witnesses, and for the care and housing of the animals.

SPCA Again Seeks Custody of Hunt County Animals

Sep 4, 2012

GREENVILLE - Tuesday's custody hearing concerning last week’s seizure of more than 100 animals from a south Hunt County property is the same place where nearly 250 animals were seized in July.


HUNT COUNTY - 120 animals were seized this week from a property along Private Road 2321. Nearly twice as many were also found receiving inadequate treatment at the same location in July.


GREENVILLE - The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals will retain custody of the nearly 250 animals seized from a property in Hunt County last week. At least for now.

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HUNT COUNTY - Inadequate food, water, shelter or care is why the SPCA says they teamed with authorities to seize 249 animals Wednesday near the Kaufman County line just north of Terrell.

SPCA caring for animals ahead of custody hearing

Mar 25, 2012 / SPCA

WILLS POINT - A custody hearing is set for this week in Van Zandt County following last week’s seizure of 35 animals from an alleged puppy mill in Wills Point.

SPCA rescues more than 2,000 animals in 2011

Dec 18, 2011

DALLAS - The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals says its North Texas operation rescued more than twice as many animals this year from suspected cruelty situations than in 2009.

Officials ramp up force in fighting animal cruelty

Dec 15, 2011

GREENVILLE - The Hunt County Commissioners Court this week entered into an agreement with the SPCA of Texas. 

Nine abandoned dogs seized from property

Dec 9, 2011

HUNT COUNTY - Hunt County officials in the SPCA have rescued multiple dogs from an area east of Royse City.