LOS FRESNOS, TX (KGBT) — Two men have been arrested and charged after approximately 300 dogs were found inside a warehouse in Los Fresnos.
Mark Anthony Trevino, 29, and Steven Clark Woodington, 59, are charged with cruelty to non-livestock animals.
According to the Cameron County Sheriff’s Office, they responded to a warehouse in Los Fresnos after receiving a call from the Cameron County Health Department Animal Control Division due to reports of barking.
When deputies arrived, according to Cameron County Sheriff Omar Lucio, approximately 300 dogs were found. The Cameron County Health Department said in a release that 270 dogs and one cat were located.
According to Lucio, some of the animals were in various stages of malnutrition and in need of medical attention. Some animals were found in feces and urine. Some animals were found in cages, some were three to four together in a kennel.
“Never in my lifetime have I seen anything like this,” said Lucio during a press conference. “According to the officers, the conditions were terrible. It would make anybody sick.”
The dogs were picked up by the Cameron County Health Department Animal Control Division along with several agencies including City of Brownsville Animal Control, City of Port Isabel Animal Control, City of Los Fresnos Animal Control, Los Fresnos Fire Department and Cameron County Pct. 4 office.
As a result of the dogs being picked up, the Cameron County Animal Shelter will be closed until further notice. According to a release, the shelter will also not be accepting animals from the public for placement until further notice.
“The large number of animals which we are working with requires that we utilize the entire facility for them,” said Esmeralda Guajardo, Health Administrator, in a press release. “Once the situation is stabilized, operations will resume to normal operating hours.”
Bond for both men has been set at $20,000.
The investigation into the case is ongoing and additional charges may be filed.