CAUGHT ON VIDEO: City of Whitehouse officials raid 'Wild Rose Rescue Ranch'
POSTED: Wednesday, October 10, 2012 - 5:51pm
UPDATED: Thursday, January 30, 2014 - 10:54am
WHITEHOUSE — Just a recap, in early 2011, KETK reported that the City of Whitehouse was creating a new ordinance to limit the amount of animals you can have on property within the city limits...this came after a deer from the Wild Rose Rescue Ranch escaped on New Years night in 2010.
And according to neighbors...it attacked someone at a New Years party.
The ranch owners say city officials slit the deer's throat with a pocket knife...and let it bleed out.
Since then, the ranch and the city have been at odds.
Georganne Lenham and her husband Bob, owners of the 50-acre Wild Rose Rescue Ranch, say last week, Whitehouse officials raided their property and took 31 dogs...because they were way over the legal number for the city limits.
The disagreement is...the Lenhams say they have proof that only their driveway is in the city limits.
"We have a map to prove it, we've got records...Texas Department of Transportation records," Lenham said.
The Lenhams did get their dogs back...but they called KETK Tuesday night after hearing the city would be raiding the property again on Wednesday morning.
And sure enough...they did...and KETK got a front row seat.
City officials declined an interview...but Deputy Marshall/Assistant City Manager Kevin Huckabee emphasized to us they feel the property is disgusting and unsafe.
Through an open records request, they provided us with video and documentation of the complaints.
The Lenhams tell KETK, they're remodeling...that's the reason for the mess inside the house.
When the search began, Georganne and her husband weren't home...and neither were their dogs...so there wasn't anything to seize. But they do have a young intern...all the way from liverpool england.
He came here to learn about taking care of animals. Because he was the only one present at the time, he got stuck with a citation for empounding a whitetailed deer.
He'll now have to appear in court.
Something Lenham isn't happy about.
"We're just disgusted with what's happening here. And I'm afraid the corruption will continue if something isn't done...we're really tired. We need help," Lenham said.
Law enforcement told KETK, they are urging other law enforcement agencies to get involved because they say it's something that has gone beyond just having too many dogs.
In the meantime, Georganne Lenham says they'll be working to prove that they are indeed not in the city limits.