Last September in Texas, nearly 200 dogs were seized from the Alpha Tex Kennels after a complaint of bad conditions. Last week, a jury found that Mark and Sandra Smith, operators of the kennel, did not treat their dogs cruelly; the seized dogs will be returned to the kennel once they are located.
We have received information from multiple sources with wildly differing points of view on this case, but nobody from NAIA was in the courtroom or at Alpha Tex Kennels; we cannot speak with authority as to the conditions of the facility. But what we can say without any hesitation, is that this case is the perfect crystallization of a deeply flawed system, the kind of system that allows for the armed confiscation and transfer of a person's animals before a verdict has even been read.
There has to be a better way. In the Alpha Tex case, it is clear that neither animals, humans, nor justice were served.