270 dogs seized from Los Fresnos property, shelter temporarily closed

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BROWNSVILLE, Texas – Cameron County Public Health conducted an investigation Monday evening that resulted in the seizure of 270 dogs and 1 cat from a property in Los Fresnos. Cameron County Public Health is working with the Cameron County Sheriff’s Department and District Attorney’s Office on the ongoing investigation.


Due to the circumstances in connection with the immediate need to house and shelter the large number of dogs that were removed from the owner, the Cameron County Animal Shelter will be closed until further notice. The Animal Shelter will also not be accepting animals from the public for placement until further notice.

Several entities responded to the incident Monday evening including the Cameron County Sheriff’s Department, Cameron County District Attorney’s Office, City of Brownsville Animal Control, Port Isabel Animal Control, Los Fresnos Fire Department, City of Brownsville Fire Department, Cameron County Emergency Management Office, Cameron County Constable Precinct #4 and Texas Department of State Health Services.

Cameron County Public Health is requesting donations from the public in the form of cleaning supplies, dog kennels, towels, rags and newspapers. These items will be used to assist with the maintenance of the facility. The donations may be dropped off at the Cameron County San Benito Annex located at 1390 W Expressway 83 in San Benito from 7:30 am – 5 pm.

Plans to host an animal adoption fair are currently being finalized. Cameron County Public Health will issue further information as it becomes available.

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