Someone abandoned about 40 Cavalier King Charles spaniels Tuesday on a roadway near Sanger. Denton County sheriff’s officials say they have reason to believe the abandonment is linked to a similar occurrence Monday night on a road near U.S. Highway 377.
According to a deputy’s report, the spaniels were contained in the 3800 block of Lois Road.
Sgt. Roger Griggs said the animals were found around 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, dirty and with matted coats. He said it appeared the dogs had been cramped in cages with their own feces.
“They looked fairly healthy other than their physical appearance,” he said.
The Humane Society of North Texas was contacted and arrived at the site shortly after 3 a.m. Wednesday to retrieve the dogs.
The previous night, Griggs said, more than 50 Maltese were dumped on a country road near U.S. 377 and Stonecrest Road. They were taken to the Flower Mound Animal Services adoption center, he said.
Griggs said officials don’t know who abandoned the dogs, but he suspects they came from a puppy mill.
“The Humane Society of North Texas, out of Fort Worth, is offering a cash reward for information on who dumped them,” he said.
A new state law, which took effect in June, established licensing and regulation of commercial dog and cat breeders.
Humane Society of North Texas officials could not be reached for comment Thursday.
8600 block of Pecan Valley Drive, Pilot Point area — A man reported his estate home burglarized and ransacked.
According to a Denton County sheriff’s deputy’s report, the man said he visited the property about 1 a.m. Wednesday to check on a sick horse and noticed someone had kicked in the rear door to the house.
Without going inside, the man told a deputy the entire house was ransacked. He asked that a deputy check the house and gather any possible evidence and photographs of the damage.
The report indicates that the house, which was full of antiques, had been broken into previously. A deputy reported that close patrol would be placed at the site.
5000 block of Teasley Lane — Officers responded to a child care center where two cars in the parking lot had been burglarized Wednesday evening.
Denton police interviewed a woman whose car’s driver-side window had been broken and whose purse had been removed from the passenger seat. The purse contained credit and debit cards and an e-reader, according to a police report.
Another woman who parked just three parking spaces away told police that her passenger-side window was broken and her purse, which was on the floor between the seats, was stolen. Inside the purse, valued at $150, was the woman’s wallet, valued at $100, her driver’s license, debit and credit cards and $400 cash.
Officers reported that both women canceled their cards and that no evidence was found at the scene. The center has security cameras indoors, but none were facing the parking lot, officers reported.
In a separate incident in the 1700 block of FM2931 in Providence Village, a woman reported to a sheriff’s deputy that her vehicle’s window was broken and her purse stolen Wednesday while she picked up her daughter from a child care center.
In the five minutes the woman said she was away from her vehicle, someone broke a window and took her purse, valued at more than $325. Inside the purse was her wallet, valued at $150, credit cards and a cellphone. According to a sheriff’s report, a deputy intended to look at surveillance video from a facility nearby for clues.
From 7a.m. Wednesday to 7 a.m. Thursday:
• Denton police handled 310 service and officer-initiated calls including a harassment case, an overdose, four thefts, an identification theft, two burglaries of a motor vehicle, a residential burglary, a stolen debit card and a domestic disturbance.
• Denton County sheriff’s dispatchers handled 713 service and officer-initiated calls for the agencies they serve. Thirty-seven people were booked into county jail. Deputies took reports of two criminal mischief cases, three thefts, one burglary, a burglary of a vehicle, a domestic disturbance and an animal complaint.
• Denton firefighters responded to 10 medical calls, two requests to assist an invalid and an unauthorized burn.
Argyle firefighters responded to a fire control burn and a request to unlock a vehicle.
Aubrey firefighters responded to six medical calls, a request to assist a citizen, a vehicle fire and three traffic accidents.
Krum firefighters responded to two medical calls.
Lake Cities firefighters responded to four medical calls, a request to assist a citizen, an entrapment call, a fire department fill-in, a grass fire and a traffic accident.
Oak Point firefighters responded to a medical call.
Ponder firefighters responded to a medical call.
Pilot Point firefighters responded to a medical call and a traffic accident.
Sanger firefighters responded to two medical calls, a structure fire and a traffic accident.
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Denton County Crime Stoppers will pay a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest in these or other crimes. Callers will remain anonymous. Call 1-800-388-TIPS (8477). Reach the Denton police narcotics tip line at 940-565-5801.