Dozens Of Animals Rescued From Montague Co. Home

The Montague County Sheriff's Office is investigating a suspected puppy mill, discovered after they found the home owner dead. "While the Deputies were here investigating this, they did find a large number of dogs... It appears it was a puppy mill," said Sheriff Paul Cunningham. Cunningham tells Newschannel 6 there were 88 dogs taken from the scene, but one died on the way to the shelter, making that a total 87 dogs rescued.

Family members out of state told Deputies they had not heard from 73-year-old Jack Dempsey Beasley in several days. When a Deputy went out to his home, located on Jackson Road, they found Beasley dead, and a mass of animals in reportedly poor condition on the property.

There were dozens of dogs in makeshift kennels, ranging in several breed varieties.

The Humane Society of North Texas from Fort Worth was on the scene to help load the dogs.  There were also several donkeys on the property.

Rescuers said the conditions were poor. "Many of the dogs had nowhere to go to try to get to a cooler spot... I'm really surprised there's not a higher fatality rate here... Somehow they have managed to survive even though there's not much shade and there wasn't any water," said HSNT Operations Director Tammy Hawley.

Montague Co. Sheriff Paul Cunningham tells Newschannel 6 the Medical Examiner's Office believes the preliminary cause of Beasley's death is heat-related. They say he was living in a trailer. The home did not appear to have air conditioning.