Cameron County Public Health Administrator Esmeralda Guajardo says she still can’t wrap her mind around the horrible conditions nearly 300 animals at a Los Fresnos warehouse were found in September.
“This is one of the most exhausting things we have ever been through. Emotionally, mentally, physically intellectually,” Guajardo said about the event. “This issue is a lot bigger than we think. It’s going to require some legislative action.”
On Tuesday morning, Guajardo and her staff showed county commissioners a series of never before seen pictures from the night the rescue took place.
According to Guajardo, 113 of the animals were rescued by groups, 84 dogs and one cat were adopted, 30 pups were reclaimed by their owners and 30 were euthanized.
As of now, eight dogs remain at the shelter. Although that’s over, the county sees a huge need. But the county can’t solve the problem by itself.
“We do need to look at getting a rescue coordinator, someone that works with the rescue groups,” said Guajardo. “So that when we do have dogs at the shelter, they can get adopted. Representative Alex Dominguez went out there to the shelter and we discussed some possibilities and one of the things we talked about was a rescue group registry. Right now, there’s rescue groups but no one really knows who they are or what they do.”
A possible solution establishing a statewide rescue group task force.
“It’s difficult to determine which ones are reputable and which ones are not. If we don’t have standards, it’s going to be difficult and so something has to change,” she said.
Rep. Alex Dominguez tells CBS 4, he will be bringing this up in the next legislative session.