Murchison, TX (FOX 51) — "This situation is out of control". In a video released Tuesday, neighbors of the Murchison animal shelter, "Happy Tails", recorded a Pit Bull attacking an emu. In the video, these neighbors had to fire a shot gun in order for the dog to release the emu's leg.
In this case of alleged animal hoarding, the shelter is home to more than 100 dogs, 2 horses, 2 emus, a donkey, and numerous chickens and cats. Neighbor Karen Krueger said, "They'll have two dogs in a small pen and many times, if you've got near the fence you'd notice you know no water".
Due to the large number of animals, insufficient kennel space can allow the animals to escape, and roam. Which is how the Pit Bull began attacking the emu. Krueger questioned, "What would have happened if, you know, we hadn't been home? And then we looked and there was another pet out".
Krueger believes there are other problems with the animal's living quarters. Her husband, Jeffrey Krueger, said, "The horses aren't, from what we can see from here, hardly getting any food. They're pushing our fence down trying to get the grass in our yard". The sewer line running through the donkey pen is also a concern. Krueger explained, "There is a sewer line on top of the ground that is broke open and running on the ground. We can smell it from our house here".
PETA has been contacted, and neighbors hope they will help the situation. Stephanie Bell, the Cruelty Case Director at PETA, said, "We are deeply concerned about the allegations and we are actively investigating".