Investigation reveals dogs taken from Parker County woman before



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Posted on May 12, 2012 at 9:22 AM

Updated Saturday, May 12 at 5:53 PM

PARKER COUNTY -- The Parker County Sheriff’s office continues to investigate a dog rescue operation where 58 dogs were seized Wednesday.    

Authorities acted on a tip from Fort Worth, which placed many dogs with Teresa Weldon near Springtown.

News 8 has learned that the Humane Society of North Texas took 20 dogs from Teresa Weldon's rescue in Johnson County in 2010.

Arlington officials said it stopped releasing dogs to Weldon last year after investigating complaints against her.  

Fort Worth said it released about 200 dogs to Weldon in the past two years. Fort Worth officials said they were unaware of problems until last week, when they passed along a tip that led to Wednesday's seizure.  

However, sources told news 8 that some in Fort Worth animal control were warned not to release dogs to Weldon.  

Parker County authorities are now investigating her for animal cruelty.

An Oregon woman told the Parker County sheriff that she paid Weldon hundreds of dollars to adopt two dogs that were never shipped.

Sheriff Larry Fowler said 31 dogs were in crates inside the house.  Two of the animals seized Wednesday were later euthanized. Investigators say some dogs had no food or water, and that most were in fair to poor condition.

Weldon’s baby grandson was also inside the home, which Fowler said was described as filthy and unlivable. Authorities said CPS returned the baby to his mother with instructions not to bring him back to the home. The sheriff’s office is considering child endangerment charges.

Weldon was arrested on a warrant for theft by check. She bonded out of jail, but could faces charges of animal cruelty and child endangerment.  

Shelly Meeks of the humane society said the situation points out the need to evaluate animal rescue operations, as pressure grows on shelters to place more pets for adoption and reduce euthanasia numbers.