Family Speaks Out On Neighbor's Animal Treatment

Family Speaks Out On Neighbor's Animal Treatment

A family has a problem with what they think is animal cruelty right across the street. Alanna Quillen reports.
WEST ODESSA -- Keally Brock has a problem.

"You swim and you're trying to have a good time with the kids and family, and all you smell is just waste," she says.

That problem is the nearly 200 goats in a small pen across the street. The family is speaking out against what they think is animal cruelty, happening right next door.
   
Brock has lived in her home for five years, but now she wants out.

"They lay there dead for days at a time," she says. "Broken legs. When they die, they're thrown in the fields."

And it's the stench from the dead goats that have brought in more animals --  vultures, pigeons, predator animals and, of course,  flies.

"We never know what's going to be out there, because of the dead animals," Brock said. "And what kind of animals are coming to eat that."

Although officials like Odessa Animal Control and the county health department have visited the property, the goats are still here.

"I've tried to contact basically everyone you can think of, from animal control, health department, county commissioner," said Brock, adding that she even contacted the state governor's office for help.

Now, she's forming a petition, hoping to change animal cruelty laws. She wants 100 signatures before she takes it to the next Ector County Commissioners meeting.

"These animals need more help than what animal control is willing to do," Brock said.

Big 2 News spoke with Odessa Animal Control manager Joe Barreraz over the phone, and he confirmed that they have visited the property.

He said they found the goats had enough food and water, and didn't see any injured animals at the time, but he added he felt uncomfortable with the amount of goats crammed into the pens.

We walked across the street to see what the neighbor had to say about her animals. She told us animal control and other officials already visited her home.

"People came over here and checked and everything is OK," she told us, adding that she loves her animals and that she is working to try and sell off the goats.

In the meantime, Brock is trying to sell her home. Even with the housing crisis, people who tour the home with realtors won't make an offer because of seeing the dead goats across the street.

"I think it will be an issue to sell it," she said.

Brock said she feels better about moving away and leaving this behind.

"But I don't want to leave the problem for the next people either," she said.

You can sign the petition here: http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/help-change-animal-laws-in-the-counties-of-texas/

   
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