Duncanville Police Obtain Arrest Warrants in Animal Cruelty Case

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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.

14 Responses to Duncanville Police Obtain Arrest Warrants in Animal Cruelty Case

  1. YAY!! I hope she is convicted on ALL counts and MORE. I hope justice prevails for these sweet innocent animals. I hope her Merrywood School is shut down as well as she shouldn’t be around children either.

    Saturday, November 12, 2011 at 10:21 am

    • We are trying to obtain information on her exact relationship with the Merrywood School. We know that the family owns the school, but not sure what the exact relationship is of the arrested person to the school itself.

      Monday, November 14, 2011 at 10:31 am

    • This has nothing to do with the school. Ms. Ogden is wonderful with children.

      Liz Arrambide
      Monday, November 14, 2011 at 5:41 pm

      • I will second that on this being and excellent school. My daughter went there for 6 years. ALL the teachers are loving, caring and you receive an excellent education. It is a wonderful enviroment.

        Linda Green
        Wednesday, November 16, 2011 at 4:45 pm

  2. Who is Mary Colleen Cotton Ogden? Is that Colleen Ogden Fitzgerald?

    Sunday, November 13, 2011 at 4:34 am

    • According to police investigators this is the same person, but her official legal name is listed as Mary Colleen Cotton Ogden.

      Monday, November 14, 2011 at 10:32 am

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  4. The Duncanville Police, District Attorney, and Municipal Court Judge are to be commended. They did an excellent job successfully prosecuting Ms. Ogden on so many counts of animal cruelty. Many of us in the animal welfare community are grateful to them for the justice served on behalf of the helpless animals who suffered horribly while in Ms. Ogden’s possession. As usual, the SPCA of Texas did a wonderful job rescuing the animals from the filth at Ms. Ogden’s property. It is so unfortunate the SPCA must pick up the pieces when a rescuer turns hoarder. Absent adequate municipal, state, or federal oversight, it is time for the animal rescue community to create and enforce its own strict guidelines.

    Kudos to the City of Duncanville and the SPCA of Texas once again!

    Linda Yarbrough
    Monday, November 14, 2011 at 9:51 am

  5. I doubt any of the persons commenting on this issue know the back story of this situation. I have known this person in the past and know that she has shown to be a loving and caring person to both children and animals. While I cannot abide cruelty to animals, people often get into circumstances that become overwhelming and then out of control. If you have never been faced with anything that you cannot handle then you have been truly blessed.

    Monday, November 14, 2011 at 6:03 pm

  6. TO Mia:

    You have no right to say those things about Ms. Colleen. Just because she has a love for animals and let her pet ownership get out of control DOESN’T mean her school needs to be shut down. By shutting down Merrywood, you are saying teachers, adminstrator and staff workers would be without a job. That is would result in many people suffering from a fault she commited in her personal life. Her animal obession has NOTHING to do with her school. Don’t wish hatered on any person. Ms. Colleen is a caring lady. Watch what you say online, you never know who her friends are.

    Tuesday, November 15, 2011 at 8:17 am

  7. We at Duncanville.com can appreciate the passion on both sides of the debate, for the friends of the Ogden’s and for those with concern for the animals. We do ask that both sides please remain civil. Thank you for your readership and for your civility.

    Tuesday, November 15, 2011 at 9:00 am

  8. That’s a lovely threat from “student”. Oooh better watch out her friends will come and get you. Whatever her intentions were it doesn’t matter. The road to hell is paved with good intentions. She is guilty of animal cruelty. Plain and simple. And those living in the house with her or “helping” her are guilty as well. How you witness so much and do nothing is beyond comprehension.

    Tuesday, November 15, 2011 at 10:17 am

    • Again, please keep this civil. We would hate to cut the comments off on this story because it is such a story of interest, but MyDuncanville.com has a firm commitment to keep this civil

      Tuesday, November 15, 2011 at 10:21 am

  9. Thank you, admin, for your cool head in trying to keep the comments civil. I can appreciate the animal advocate’s side but knowing the HUMAN in this case compels me to comment, again, that until you walk in a person’s shoes you have no right to condemn the decisions (sometimes in error)they made. God knows we are human and that we make mistakes, therefore we are all the more blessed that God also offers Grace.

    Saturday, December 3, 2011 at 1:11 pm