Magnolia man arrested for Animal Cruelty after dogs were found abandoned

James Silvey

On Feb. 25, Deputies with the Montgomery County Precinct 5 Constables Department obtained a warrant and worked closely with Animal Control to rescue and seize multiple abandoned dogs in very poor physical condition, located at 26614 Missouri Pacific Street in Montgomery County.

Precinct 5 Deputies were contacted by a concerned citizen, who stated a tenant had moved out and allegedly abandoned multiple dogs. The landlord said that the owner had not been home in over a week, and there was no sign of food or water left for the dogs and that there was feces and urine throughout the house.

The owner of the dogs was identified as 62-year-old James Silvey from Magnolia, and he allegedly told Deputies that he left fifteen pounds of food inside for the dogs when he left, but knew that one of the dogs was in such bad shape he had probably passed away by now.

James Silvey at home were dogs were abandoned, along with Precinct 5 Constables and Animal Control. Picture courtesy of Precinct 5 Constable’s Office.

Precinct 5 Deputies and Animal Control went to the location with a search warrant and found three dogs inside the home that were in immediate need of medical attention.  Animal Control was forced to utilize Tyvek suits and masks to enter the residence and recover the dogs due to the toxic conditions.  Silvey arrived on location while Deputies were on scene and allegedly stated that he was there to pick up the dogs, but he was instead arrested and taken into custody for Animal Cruelty.  All three dogs were immediately transported by Animal Control to a Veterinarian, where one did pass away while in route.  The other two dogs are receiving treatment and are expected to make a full recovery.  Silvey is currently being held at the Montgomery County Jail on two counts of Cruelty to Non-Livestock Animals with a $1,500 bond.

“The Precinct 5 Constable’s Department has ZERO tolerance for those who abandon or harm animals. We thank the concerned citizen who called in allowing us to immediately look into the matter and save what we could,” said Constable Chris Jones.

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