English Springer Spaniel Rescue Texas
In late November 2010, Austin County Texas Sheriff's Department issued an arrest warrant for a person who had 35 dogs and two cats living at a deteriorated breeding farm. All of the animals were suffering from unimaginable neglect. They lived in barbed-wire cages in deplorable conditions amongst urine-soaked mounds of feces and exposure to the elements. The property owner responsible for this severe abuse was arrested and subsequently charged with cruelty to animals and animal abuse. Working in conjunction with the Houston SPCA, the Sheriff's Department transported these neglected dogs to Houston. The Houston SPCA took in all the animals, evaluated them and began the vetting process.
Nine of the dogs were English Springer Spaniels so the Houston SPCA contacted ESRA and we have welcomed these dogs into our care. We are calling these dogs our “Texas Stars of Hope” and are committed to finding them loving and safe homes after they have been carefully rehabilitated.
ESRA is grateful to be partnering with the dedicated doctors and staff members of Galveston Veterinary Clinic who have taken control of the dogs' medical care. These dogs suffer from a multitude of chronic ailments such as heartworm diseases, skin, eye and ear infections and other ailments related to their severe neglect, malnourishment and abuse. The doctors have created a medical plan specifically designed for each of the dogs and have beautifully executed their treatment plan over the past month. The meticulous care and loving attention provided by the veterinarians and their staff have resulted in the dogs already showing signs of medical improvement and trust — we even see some tentative tail wags.
Our “Stars of Hope” in the News
Now back to ESRA's name for these special needs dogs — did you catch the clues with the dogs' given names? Not only do they come from the Lone Star State, but they each carry the name of a Hollywood icon — Clooney should have been a dead giveaway! Their story has generated a lot of news coverage as well so they are indeed real "stars" in their own right.
- You can watch the original news coverage of the discovery of these dogs' deplorable living conditions at .
- We also provide a link to the Houston SPCA coverage of this event.
- But that's not all. The Discovery Channel/Animal Planet (Animal Cops: Houston) has followed the dogs from their removal from the breeding farm to the SPCA and will soon film them at Galveston Veterinary Clinic. They will be interviewing the doctors on the original condition of the dogs, their current state and the medical plans for each dog and their hopeful futures. Watch for the story of our "Texas Stars of Hope" coming soon to Animal Cops: Houston.
Our stars — all except Martin and Bridges — also have their own brief YouTube videos that were filmed when they first arrived at Galveston Veterinary Clinic.
Now that you have met our nine special needs Springers, we know you will understand why ESRA is committed to seeing them arrive at "the good life" so many Springers enjoy. With financial help from those who are touched by the plight of these dogs and the professional care they are receiving from GVC, we look forward to nine more success stories. These dogs are worthy of our efforts.
Just over one month since this group of nine Springers entered ESRA's Special Needs program, each star is really beginning to shine! They are thriving with proper nutrition and their ability to trust is growing due to loving interactions with caring people! They do not have any lasting medical conditions but the chance to have brought them this far along is still costly. We really appreciate the donors who have helped us to get the spirits of these Springers to soar!if you want to hear more about the Texas Stars of Hope.