MARFA - It's a shocking case of animal abuse out of Marfa. A dog sitter says he was more than happy to help his neighbor by looking after his dogs. But it was when he stepped foot inside of the owner's home that he discovered a house of horrors.
Their furry faces are running around a Marfa home. It's dinner time and Tyler Spurgin is helping his neighbor out by looking after them. It's been a few days, and the owner is no where to be found. But is wasn't until this past weekend that Tyler Spurgin and Lena Hill realized the living conditions inside were unspeakable.
"Animals are being hoarded and neglected here. They are being abused in my opinion, they are living in their own waste, they are killing each other, they're not taking care of them properly. This is an animal hoarding situation, most definitely," concerned neighbor, Lena Hill, said.
"There's very little space to feed the dogs, to water them in any kind of sanitary way, they have been living in their own filth and waste," concerned neighbor, Tyler Spurgin, said.
Feces can be seen everywhere and a good chunk has even started to decompose.
"I was aghast, I think I was shocked, and all I can do is maybe try to focus on getting the dogs food and fresh water at first and then when I got home on the first day, it just hit me like a ton of bricks," Spurgin said.
A day prior, Tyler tried to let the dogs outside to get a breathe of fresh air but they wouldn't budge.
"In this kind of environment, things are really bad. Cytoplasmosis can run rampant. That can affect people as well as animals. It's a health hazard in the neighborhood with the people that live in this vicinity and their pets and their children. This is a good example of how bad this situation was," Spurgin said.
It was so emotional for Hill to see how these four legged friends were living, she wanted to raise awareness about what's going on.
"They did not choose this and they don't get to. The difference between animals and humans, they didn't get to pick where they live and here they are and it's a cruel situation," Hill said.
Hill says Animal Control was out for the week but they hope a local animal shelter will pick up some dogs so the will have new homes to live in.
NewsWest 9 called the Presidio County Sheriff regarding the situation, however, we have yet to receive a call back.