SAN ANTONIO -- More than 150 dogs and a handful of cats are now evidence in a civil case against the Friends of Uvalde Animal Shelter.
Uvalde County deputies raided the shelter Tuesday night, amid allegations of health concerns and filth at the property. Wednesday they were joined by volunteers from the local Humane Society and law enforcement cadets from a nearby academy, cleaning out kennels and gathering up the animals.
Officials in Uvalde said they've found more than 100 animals in a shelter that was crowded and infested with bugs.
The Uvalde animal shelter had a team of visitors Wednesday that it had not seen in a long time. But these volunteers were there on behalf of the sheriff to help clean up and give health checkups to dozens of shelter animals.
Complaints have been coming in for years about the conditions inside the shelter, saying the animals were neglected and dealing with overcrowded conditions.
Now, thanks to recent changes in the law, the county attorney said a judge was able to issue a warrant to seize the animals and get a first-hand look inside the structures.
Volunteers said smells and crowded cages full of barking dogs greeted them inside.
There were more covered cages in the back yard, too.
Overall, more than 150 dogs and a handful of cats were confiscated. But there was no good place to take them all right away, so law enforcement officials said they planned to feed and water them all at the location -- after they cleaned out the pens.
The local humane society and some law enforcement cadets were caring for the dogs and cats Wednesday as the animals were being held as evidence against the shelter's owner.
That owner was not facing any criminal charges, but she does have a hearing next week in county court to determine whether she gets her dogs back.