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Dogs abandoned by Waco man left at home in 101 degrees

WACO, Texas (KWTX) – Juan Villareal, 47, faces charges of cruelty to non-livestock animals in an animal hoarding case involving 17 dogs rescued from a home.

Villareal surrendered around 4 a.m. on August 18 after learning that the FAST unit was after him, according to McLennan County Sheriff Parnell McNamara.

According to the affidavit obtained by KWTX, McLennan County Sheriff’s Deputies arrived at the scene on August 13 and “observed abandoned dogs located above without air conditioning. The residence was closed not allowing accurate ventilation.

The temperature that day was 101 degrees.

Villareal had been renting the residence from the owner since 2017, the document states.

Villareal abandoned the dogs, ‘causing undue or unjustified pain or suffering,’ a complaint states.

The dogs were taken to the Humane Society of Central Texas where they received food, water and medical attention. “Who knows how long they’ve been locked up in this house,” said Kandi Hillyer, executive director of the Humane Society. “It was around 115 degrees which they measured in that house they came from. A heartbreaking and absolutely filthy environment.

Taking on more than a dozen dogs at a time is no easy task, and earlier this week the Humane Society asked for help.

“Vaccines, spaying and neutering, heartworm testing, making sure they’re healthy is going to be expensive,” Hillyer said.