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Blotter: Large number of animals seized near Sanger

Denton County sheriff’s deputies seized 165 animals at two properties east of Sanger on Wednesday for alleged animal cruelty, according to reports.

Deputies said numerous animals were discovered living in their own feces, adding that the animals were emaciated with prominent skeletal structure visible.

A search and seizure warrant was obtained early Wednesday afternoon for two properties in the 1600 block of Green Springs Court.

A majority of the animals were sent to the North Texas Humane Society in Fort Worth.

Among the animals seized were seven cattle, two bison, seven donkeys, six goats, one sheep, one emu, one Anatolian shepherd, 16 pigeons, five pheasants, three ducks, two peacocks, 46 chickens, 20 doves, two cats, seven guinea pigs, 30 rabbits and nine geese.

No arrests have been made in connection with the seizures.

The case remains under investigation by the Denton County Sheriff’s Office.


Other reports

4400 block of Johnson Lane — At least 50 feet of copper wire was removed from a cell tower and generator site Wednesday afternoon, sheriff’s deputies said.

The copper was worth an estimated $1,000, according to officials.



From 7 a.m. Wednesday to 7 a.m. Thursday

•  Denton police posted a total of 18 reports online, including theft and online sexual solicitation of a minor.

•  Denton County sheriff’s dispatchers handled 636 service and officer-initiated calls for the agencies they serve. Forty-four people were booked into the county jail.

•  Denton firefighters responded to 18 medical calls, one outside rubbish burn, one grass fire, two public service calls, one vehicle accident, one accidental alarm, two canceled calls and a system malfunction.

Argyle firefighters responded to two citizen arrests, two medical calls and one illegal burn.

Aubrey firefighters responded to seven medical-related calls.

Justin firefighters responded to one medical call and three traffic transports.

Krum firefighters responded to one medical call and one traffic transport.

Lake Cities firefighters responded to eight medical calls, one vehicle fire and one traffic transport.

Oak Point firefighters responded to one medical call.

Ponder firefighters responded to one traffic call.

Pilot Point firefighters responded to one fire and one carbon monoxide call.

Sanger firefighters responded to two medical calls.

— Megan Gray


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.