Animal Cruelty Case Update

The San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter is still re-homing animals rescued from last November's large animal cruelty seizure case near Buda. In total, the shelter took in 176 animals from The Leisure Cat (TLC) Animal Rescue that were living in brutal and inhumane conditions.

List of rescued cats and their outcome (PDF)
List of rescued dogs and their outcome (PDF)

Images from the night of the seizure:

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"I could smell the environment from outside and on the people going in and out of the residence," said Animal Services Manager Kara Montiel. "The odor was pungent on the officers as they stood by me, I had to step away."

Just over three months since the seizure, SMRAS staff and team members continue working to find homes and care for the animals.

Just over three months since the seizure, SMRAS staff and team members continue working to find homes and care for the animals.

"This was the largest seizure case our animal shelter has ever had to deal with, and the deplorable living conditions and poor health of the animals made it even more challenging," said Montiel.

Several of the cats were exposed to Histoplasmosis while in the care of the TLC Rescue. This proved fatal for some of the cats while several others were successfully treated. "To nurse 94 percent of the animals back to health, and so far, find homes for almost 80 percent of them in a little over three months, that's an amazing accomplishment," said Montiel.

"These statistics are a direct reflection of the dedication of our staff, our shelter veterinarian, our amazing local volunteers, and the valuable crews from Animal Investigation and Response (AIR) and Red Rover," said Neighborhood Enhancement Director Jeff Caldwell.

Donna, Adopted on 12.13.2018


Alpha, Adopted 1.8.2019


Holly, Adopted 12.10.2018


Coco, Adopted 12.27.2018


Of the animals that were microchipped, data linked them to various shelters and rescues such as the Lockhart Animal Shelter, TLC, TLC fosters, and various cat trappers from Austin. Most of the microchipped animals did not have current registration associated with the microchip. To date, seven animals are still waiting for their forever home, and seven cats continue receiving treatment.

Below is the latest data from the seizure as of February 8: 


  • Cats: 161
  • Dogs: 15


  • Returned to Owner: 1 cat; 2 dogs
  • Adopted: 56 cats; 6 dogs
  • Transferred: 70 cats; 4 dogs
  • Return to field: 11 cats; 0 dogs
  • Died: 3 cats; 0 dogs
  • Euthanized: 7 cats; 2 dogs

Still at SMRAS:

  • Adoptable: 6 cats; 1 dogs
  • Undergoing treatment: 7 cats; 0 dogs

For additional reference, animals transferred were only sent to other documented and verified shelters or rescues. The 11 cats returned to field were feral. They were spayed/neutered, microchipped, vaccinated and released in areas where they are fed and free to roam as part of our barn cat program. Seven cats and two dogs were euthanized to minimize suffering after they did not respond to repeated treatment.

See remaining rescue animals up for adoption:

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Adoption Special

The shelter is lowering the adoption fee to $1 for all of the remaining animals from the seizure in hopes of helping them find a forever home. All adoptions include the animal's spay or neuter, microchip, rabies vaccination, kennel vaccinations and city license.

For more information, contact Animal Services at 512.805.2650.