Dozens of Animals Removed from "Environmental Hazard"

MIDLAND COUNTY - Midland County officials have seized dozens of animals from a home in southern Midland County that they are calling an environmental hazard.

Deputies served a search warrant at 1101 West County Road 180 around 7:30 Friday morning. 64 animals, including dogs, cats, goats, horses and a donkey were taken from the property.

A pregnant 17-year-old girl and a two-year-old toddler were taken from the home by Child Protective Services because the conditions were so bad.

Midland County Sheriff Gary Painter says his deputies first went to the home Wednesday for a domestic disturbance call. Deputies say numerous animals were in the home and the smell of animal waste was unbearable. Those conditions caused deputies to seek a warrant to remove the animals and minors.

Two people, including a deputy, were bit by a cat while officials were rounding up the animals. Both people were taken to the hospital for treatment.

Sheriff Painter said the home was in such bad shape that he has told his staff to destroy the clothes they were wearing Friday morning when they went inside the home.

No charges have been filed in the case so far. NewsWest9 will continue to follow this story and bring you the latest as it becomes available.