Dog Rescue Shelter Operation Goes Beyond State Borders

by Tony Vindell/LFN

Some of the dogs seized from a property northeast of Los Fresnos. Photo: Tony Vindell/LFN

The unlicensed animal shelter that operated just outside Los Fresnos city limits has not been an isolated case as authorities have linked the facility to another such operation near Kansas City, Mo.

Missouri resident Tiffany Woodington was arrested and charged with 10 counts of felony animal abuse and two misdemeanor counts after authorities discovered scores of dogs, many of which were dead, the Associated Press reported.

Tiffany is the wife of Steven Woodington, or the owner of the animal shelter at the end of Bingley Road off FM 1847 just northeast of Los Fresnos.

Two hundred and seventy dogs and a cat were found inside two warehouses and were all transported to the Cameron County Animal Shelter in early September from Steve Woodington’s property.

Some dogs had to be euthanized due to their poor condition while others were returned to their owners or were adopted during a two-day animal fair.

Some 40 dogs still remain at the shelter outside San Benito.

Esmeralda Guajardo, administrator for the county’s public health department, said the dogs will be spayed or neutered and put up for adoption again.

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