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 Attotney's Office, which obtained an indictment against Purcell in April 2014.

Purcell was released July 6 on a $1,500 bond.

The indictment stemmed from Spindletop-related activities in 2012, on the property she shared with her mother in Willis.

Purcell has not been charged with animal cruelty relating to the alleged asphyxiation of 38 dogs in a hot building in 2012, or with what Montgomery County authorities and personnel from the Humane Society of the United States say were far-ranging incidents of mistreatment and neglect of hundreds of dogs in the once-respected dog refuge.

The statute of limitations for misdemeanor animal cruelty charges expires Jul 17, 2014, and on July 17, 2015 for felony cruelty charges.

First Assistant District Attorney Phil Grant tells us his office received documents last week from the sole investigating officer, Tim Holifield.

So let that be a lesson to anyone accused of allowing a bunch of dogs bake to death in Montgomery County: you better not dump nothin' where you ain't supposed to!

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