November 11, 2011—Arrest warrants were issued today for Mary Colleen Cotton-Ogden on 10 counts of Cruelty to Nonlivestock Animals.
A Duncanville Municipal Court judge signed the warrants this morning giving Ms. Ogden 24 hours to turn herself into police or be taken into custody by Duncanville police. The District Attorney’s Office has requested 10 cases to be field at this time. There is ample evidence to file additional cases, if requested by the District Attorney’s Office. The offenses are Class A misdemeanors and carry a maximum penalty of one year in County jail for each charge, if convicted.
Duncanville Police launched an investigation after receiving an anonymous complaint on October 17, 2011 of animals living in unsanitary conditions at three homes in the 800 block of S. Cockrell Hill Road. Police contacted the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) of Texas to assist in the investigation.
On inspection of the homes, SPCA cruelty investigators and police investigators found numerous dogs and cats caged in unsanitary conditions with feces and urine and obtained a seizure warrant and removed 102 dogs and six cats from the residences.
Prior to a custody hearing scheduled before the Duncanville Municipal Court on October 26, 20011, Ms. Ogden voluntarily surrendered all rights to the animals. They remain in the custody of the SPCA of Texas who transported the animals to their Perry Animal Care Center in McKinney, Texas. The SPCA is currently working to evaluate all of the animals and determine which animals are eligible for adoption.