Hays County Justice Of The Peace Issues Agreed Judgment In Buda Animal Cruelty Case

On November 1, the Hays County Office responded to a service call regarding inhumane animal care at 211 Towhee Drive in Buda, Texas.

By, Terra Rivers, Managing Editor

The Hays County Justice to the Peace, Precinct 5, presided over an administrative hearing in an animal cruelty case for a “nonprofit organizations responsible for the care, custody and welfare of animals.”

On November 1, the Hays County Office responded to a service call regarding inhumane animal care at 211 Towhee Drive in Buda, Texas.

Judge Scott J. Cary issued a warrant last Thursday for 161 carts and 15 dogs in various states of health to be collected and transported from the property by the Hays County Sheriff’s Department Animal Control Office.

During the administrative hearing, the court found that the animals had been “cruelly treated.” Judge Cary signed an Agreed Judgment ordering the defendant, Melissa Caffey, to pay the accrued cost of transporting, impounding and immunizing the animals, which was determined to be $1,750.00.

Also, the agreed judgment ordered ownership of the animals to transferred to the San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter to be adopted out.

The judgment stated, “Those animals too sick to be adopted, or not adopted will be humanely destroyed as necessary.”

According to the Justice of the Peace Precinct 5’s office, Hays County District Attorney Wes Mau represented the State of Texas in the hearing; Caffey also had representation.

Currently, the animals are being housed at the San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter.

The shelter is seeking donations and foster homes for animals to help deal with capacity. Additionally, the shelter is in need of volunteers to help clean and care for adoptable animals.

Anyone interested in fostering animals should contact PAWs at info@pawsshelter.org. AIR, Animal Investigation and Response, is coordinating volunteers for the shelter. Those interested in volunteering can find out more here.

Due to the shelter being over capacity, the public is being asked to hold onto any stray or found animals if possible until space is available.

Residents are being asked to post a FOUND report here and review LOST pet reports to help return animals to their families.  

The shelter is also looking for donations of the following items to accommodate in the influx of animals at the shelter.

Donation needs

  • Disposable  heavy grade aluminum pans (12.75×10.3 in)
  • Disposable paper food trays (concession food style)
  • Ferret hammocks
  • Cat/kitten toys
  • Puppy pads
  • Pine/cob/pellet litter
  • Kitten food
  • Adult cat food
  • Senior cat canned food
  • Small (pint) stainless steel water bowls
  • 36 in (LARGE) collapsible black wire crates (new/used)
  • PetSmart/Tractor Supply gift cards
  • DOG FOOD IS NOT NEEDED AT THIS TIME. The shelter has received a great quantity of dog food this week


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