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Charges Filed in “Spindletop Refuge” Case

Owner of purported sanctuary faces four counts of cruelty to animals

July 17, 2014 Update: According to a news report, one felony count of animal cruelty has been filed against Purcell in addition to the four misdemeanor charges.

The Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office filed animal cruelty charges against Leah Purcell, the owner of “Spindletop Refuge” in Willis, Texas. This action comes nearly two years after The Humane Society of the United States rescued 298 dogs from appalling conditions on the property.

Katie Jarl, Texas state director for The HSUS, said: “The atrocious conditions at Spindletop still haunt me to this day. Our team spent months on the ground to assist local law enforcement with the rescue, care and placement of nearly 300 dogs, and with documenting the evidence needed to prosecute this case. We are grateful that the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office has moved forward with charges, and we hope Purcell is charged to the fullest extent allowed by law.”

Media Contact: Stephanie Twining, stwining@humanesociety.org, 240-751-3943

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