Leah Purcell

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2014

    UPDATED Officials: Spindletop Owner Tortured, Drowned Injured Dog

    See the end of this post for more from the chief animal control investigator's affidavit. Former Spindletop dog refuge owner Leah Purcell poured water down a pit bull's nose while its mouth was held shut, "intentionally, knowingly or recklessly" torturing it to death in December 2011, according to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2014

    Leah Purcell Charged in Spindletop Dog Refuge Case

    Former Spindletop Dog Refuge owner Leah Purcell has been charged with four misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty. Filed July 15, the charges stem from the shuttered dog refuge where, in 2012, local authorities and Humane Society of the United States personnel seized nearly 300 dogs who they say were ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2014

    Leah Purcell: Former Spindletop Owner Arrested for Illegal Dumping

    Former Spindletop Dog Refuge owner Leah Purcell was arrested July 5 in connection with an illegal dumping charge. The Texas Department of Public Safety was the arresting agency, but we have no further information regarding the arrest. We're waiting to hear from the Montgomery County District Attotn ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2014

    Time Running Out for Charges in Spindletop Dog Refuge Case

    If Montgomery County authorities wish to file animal cruelty charges against Spindletop dog refuge owner Leah Purcell, they only have three weeks left: July 17 marks the expiration of the two year statute of limitations. That will be the anniversary of the day sheriff's deputies and personnel from ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2014

    Should Owners Have 30 Days to Reclaim Lost Pets?

    The Houston City Council is scheduled to vote Wednesday on a proposal that would eliminate a 30-day redemption period in the animal control ordinance allowing prior owners to reclaim animals that wind up in the city pound. Bureau of Animal Regulation and Care officials proposed the amendment after ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2013

    Leah Purcell: Is the Alleged Animal Cruelty Queen Back in Business?

    Authorities in Montgomery County are investigating if former Spindletop Dog Refuge owner Leah Purcell is boarding dogs again, in violation of a court order. Officials and Humane Society personnel raided her Willis property last year and seized nearly 300 dogs who had been kept in filthy conditions. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 30, 2012

    Dogs Seized From Spindletop Need a Loving Home, So What's Your Deal?

    A dozen dogs seized from the Spindletop Dog Refuge last month are still at the Montgomery County Animal Shelter and in need of forever homes. So what the heck are you waiting for? They all vary in breed, age, and temperament, but they're all the same in one crucial way: they've all languished in th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2012

    Spindletop Lawyer Issues Statement That Would Make Oscar Mayer Proud

    Zandra Anderson, attorney for the woman whose dog refuge was raided and shut down after nearly 300 dogs were found to be neglected, has issued a statement defending her client (and friend) and accusing the Houston Press and others of error-plagued reporting. Published on the No Kill Houston Facebo ... More >>

  • News

    August 16, 2012

    No Sanctuary at Spindletop

    People dropping dogs off at the refuge trusted they were sending them to the best place possible. Not exactly.

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2012

    Spindletop Dog Refuge For Pit Bulls: What Went So Horribly Wrong?

    For at least twenty years, Spindletop Dog Refuge was known as one of the few places in the country where rescued pit bulls had a second chance for a happy life. But somewhere along the way, Spindletop's owner, Leah Purcell, lost control and the refuge appears to have turned into a place where dogs w ... More >>

  • News

    July 26, 2012
  • Blogs

    July 20, 2012

    Spindletop, County Reach Last-Minute Agreement

    Spindletop Refuge owner Leah Purcell agreed to relinquish 287 dogs seized from her Willis ranch, but she still may face criminal charges under a last-minute agreement reached today. Those who had placed dogs at Spindletop might be able to pick them up as early as this weekend, provided they have pr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2012

    Dog Rescuers Shocked and Worried after Spindletop Dog Refuge Raid

    Dog rescuers throughout the country are worrying today over the fates of dogs they placed at the Spindletop Refuge in Willis, where authorities say hundreds of dogs were found living in their own waste in cramped, stacked crates, near a mass grave with an unknown number of bodies. The 298 dogs sei ... More >>