Copperas Cove pet store owner arrested for animal cruelty
UPDATED: Monday, January 6, 2014 - 1:30pm
COPPERAS COVE -- A woman is behind bars after police find several dogs in what they described as "deplorable conditions."
Bambie Byrom is the owner of Puppy Palace in Copperas Cove where police found the dogs.
They were locked away in six different cages, and police say the amount of feces inside them was unsanitary.
The complaint filed says one dog was even too big for the cage.
Police say the dogs were given food and water, but the living conditions were enough to account for an arrest.
A Veterinarian, Dr. Kristin Dodson, says it's not only sad to see something like this happen, but it can cause more problems than you might think.
"Animals in poor conditions, even being fed and watered properly but kept in such a small space or kept in their own stool, they can have parasites, it's easier to transmit diseases, they can have respiratory disorders and just be in general poor health," explained Dr. Dodson.
In a written statement, a woman says she bought a dog there only to have to turn around and take it to the vet a few hours later.
That dog was euthanized because of poor health.
A business owner next door to the pet shop says he saw dogs kept in cages without water, lying in feces 24 hours a day.
Byrom is expected in court next Thursday.