FORT WORTH — The Humane Society of North Texas is preparing to find new homes for 240 dogs seized Aug. 1 from a rural residence in northeast Denton County.The organization announced Thursday that a Denton County judge had awarded it custody of the dogs, which were seized Aug. 1 from the property in the 16000 block of Celina Road. Many of the dogs were crowded into a house that reeked of feces and urine, officials said at the time. Some were sick and had to be treated before they could be adopted.Having a judge award custody of the animals to the Humane Society clears the way for the group to find new homes for the dogs, according to a news release.An “adoption event” will be scheduled “once the dogs are healthy and ready for their new families,” according to the news release. No date has been set.Officials said the animals had been taken in by a “rescue group” that was trying to keep the dogs from being euthanized at other shelters but became overwhelmed.“Unfortunately, this is part of a growing trend in North Texas,” said Shelly Meeks, assistant shelter manager for the Humane Society. “So often, individuals with good intentions end up doing more harm than good by taking on more animals than they can handle humanely.”The dogs were taken to the Humane Society’s facility on East Lancaster Avenue in Fort Worth and to a former boarding kennel that the organization uses on Farm Road 1187 in Johnson County.Petsmart Charities gave “generous donations of crates of food, all of which served to make the rescued dogs more comfortable,” the news release stated.“Without donations — both in-kind and monetary — from companies and individuals, we wouldn’t be able to rescue, rehabilitate and adopt out the thousands of animals we serve each year,” Meeks said.
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