Updated at 8:24 p.m. with more information from officials and from the owner of the dogs.
A search of a double-wide trailer in Nevada, Texas led to the rescue of more than 100 animals, according to a statement from the Collin County Sheriff's Office.
The animals were found Thursday as deputies executed a warrant in the 1700 block of Sanjeev Lane in connection to an animal cruelty investigation, authorities said.
Dozens of dogs and cats and a bearded dragon were taken from the trailer and transported to the SPCA of Texas’ Russell E. Dealey Animal Rescue Center in Dallas.
The SPCA of Texas says the ammonium levels, mostly found in urine, were very high in the home. Maura Davies of SPCA of Texas tells WFAA high levels of ammonium can be detrimental to humans and animals.
"The animals are suffering from a variety of issues include long nails, eye issues, ear issues, flea infestations, skins issues, and so today our medical team started right away evaluating the animals," Davies said.
WFAA did reach out to Jamie Jones of Astasia's Angels Animal Rescue in Nevada. She says this animal cruelty case is "built on lies" originated by her neighbors. Jones told WFAA that she is aware of the high levels of ammonium in the home and is working to reduce those levels immediately.
The animals will be medically evaluated and cared for at the Dealey Animal Rescue Center until a civil custody hearing, officials said.
"It's not perfect, but the dogs were healthy and happy," Jones said when questioned about the conditions of the home.
“This situation is reprehensible," said Collin County Sheriff Jim Skinner. "Yet, without the help and cooperation by our alert residents, we would not have been able to find and rescue these animals."
Nevada, Texas is located south of Farmersville and northeast of Lavon in Collin County.
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