Man given probation in animal cruelty case involving 58 dogs in Springtown

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“So basically this guy is free, & as long as he isn’t naughty within the 2 years, his criminal record could be wiped clean…what a load of crap! Anyone convicted & given a petty fine, probation or suspended sentence, for animal abuse; should stay on police records. Innocent lives were lost because of this dick head & I think 2 years probation stinks!! Probation isn’t a deterrent to other’s, it’s a bloody joke…Look at him…I would love to wipe that smug smirk off this dick heads bloody face!!”

A Fort Worth man accused of subjecting 58 dogs to unhealthy conditions on Parker County property has been sentenced to two years’ probation in a case in which four other family members face animal cruelty and child endangerment charges.

In May, a then-18-month-old boy was found in a crib inside a home surrounded by animal waste from the dogs, authorities have said.

Harry George Weldon

Three dogs were euthanized shortly after authorities seized them in May, and five puppies died a few days later, Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler said after the canines were taken away.

Harry George Weldon, 50, agreed to a plea agreement last month in a Weatherford courtroom to a charge of cruelty to non-livestock animals, a Class A misdemeanor.

In addition to probation, Weldon was ordered to pay a $500 fine, $262 in court costs and perform 80 hours of community service, according to Parker County criminal court records.

Weldon could not be reached Wednesday for comment.

His wife, Teresa Weldon, 48, and the toddler’s uncle, Joseph Weldon, 23, rejected plea agreements on the charges of animal cruelty. Their trials are pending.

Neither Soraya Joslin of Weatherford, Teresa Weldon’s attorney, nor Tiffany Branson of Weatherford, Joseph Weldon’s attorney, could be reached on Wednesday.

Child endangerment charges have been filed against the toddler’s mother, Amanda Gayle Weldon, 29; his uncle, Christopher Brett Weldon, 26, Teresa Weldon and Joseph Weldon. Those cases are expected to be presented to a Parker County grand jury in the next few weeks, Parker County Assistant District Attorney Jeff Swain said Tuesday in an email.

The boy was not in foster care, said Child Protective Services spokeswoman Marissa Gonzales. Information on who was taking care of him was unavailable on Wednesday.

Authorities received a tip in early May about unhealthy conditions for the dogs at a residence in the 900 block of Lynch Bend Road in Springtown.

Officials said many dogs were found in poor condition. Animal control officers found unsanitary living conditions.

Thirty-one dogs were found in crates inside the residence in their own urine and feces, without food or water, authorities said. Several outdoor pens contained puppies sitting in their own waste, authorities said.

The dogs were taken to the Weatherford-Parker County Animal Shelter.

“Some dogs were adopted,” said Dustin Deel, interim director of animal services at the Weatherford-Parker County Animal Shelter. “There were others that had to be euthanized.”

Authorities said Weldon was apparently allowed to adopt animals from an undisclosed Metroplex animal shelter without a proper background check.

 

New Owners Of Rescued Dog Reflect On Their Loving Pet, Hope

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“This is great news, so happy for Hope, knowing she is going to a caring loving home with the Moncriefs. I wish them every success in their new venture “Saving Hope” & to spread the mission of spay & neuter! Watch the video at the link below to see how well Hope looks now!”

WEATHERFORD (CBSDFW.COM) – On the Moncrief ranch near Weatherford there are no shortages of animals.

Dogs, horses and donkeys roam freely. And soon, Hope will join the family. She’s the pug mix dog that was found a couple of weeks ago on the Moncrief ranch.

“I just fell in love with her she put her little paw on my hand and I was like oh it’s was she’s just sweet,” says Kit Moncrief after visiting Hope for the first time.

She was stabbed multiple times, her snout was taped shut and her tongue was swollen and hanging out.

Hope found with mouth taped shut

“I was horrified, I don’t understand how people can do that to an animal,” explains Moncrief.

A few years ago, the Moncriefs say the unthinkable happened to them. Several of their animals were abused by someone.

They shot a pregnant mare and another mare and left her not dead,” says Moncrief. “They went down the road and shot three of our heifer’s and then cut their tongues out.

Since Hope was found on the Moncrief ranch, the Parker County Sheriff’s Office, which heads the investigation, thought it would only be appropriate for her to go back there.

“We are just excited for her to have a home where she will never have to worry again and be well taken care of and loved forever,” says Gloria Holmsten Kit’s daughter.

The Moncriefs have eight rescue dogs. Some are strays they haven’t had the heart to turn away. They think Hope will fit in just fine.

In fact, Hope’s story has inspired the family to start up a group called Saving Hope.

“We hope we can spread our story and our mission to spay and neuter your dogs and to adopt because there are so many dogs in shelters,” says Gloria.

Hope is recovering at Bowie Drive Animal Hospital in Weatherford.

It will be a least a week or more before she joins her new family.

As for the investigation, the Parker County Sheriff’s Department says they had a few leads but nothing panned out.

The reward for anyone with any information about what happened to Hope has now reached $35,000.

See Video News Link:http://dfw.cbslocal.com/2012/07/23/new-owners-of-rescued-dog-reflect-on-their-loving-pet-hope/

Abused dog ‘Hope’ headed to new ranch home in Parker County

Hope is headed to her new home.

Hope Recovered Well Photo Star-Telegram

Parker County officials said that the dog, found July 9 with her snout taped shut and her tongue protruding, was released from an animal clinic to her new owners Tuesday afternoon.

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