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Hays County couple charged for animal cruelty
A Buda couple faces felony charges in last month's animal cruelty seizure. Thomas and Melissa Caffee both face child endangerment charges while Melissa also faces ten counts of cruelty to non-livestock animals. Dozens of malnourished cats and dogs were seized in early November by Hays County Sheriff''s deputies.
For Immediate Release:
On November 1, 2018, The Hays County Sheriff’s Office responded to a residence in the 200 block of Towhee Dr. in Buda, TX to follow up on a service call regarding inhumane animal care. The investigation resulted in 161 cats and 15 dogs being removed from the residence for welfare concerns and investigative purposes. Currently, four cats are dead due to the brutal conditions they were subjected to and numerous other animals are still seriously ill.
Over the past several weeks the Hays County Sheriff’s Office conducted a comprehensive investigation resulting in the arrests of:
Melissa Caffee 47 years old from Buda
Thomas Caffee 49 years old from Buda
Thomas Caffe was arrested on December 3, 2018, and charged with the following felony offenses:
Two counts of Child Endangerment Criminal Negligence $10,000 bond/each
Melissa Caffee was arrested on December 4, 2018, and charged with the following felony offenses:
Two Counts of Child Endangerment Criminal Negligence $10,000 bond/each
Ten Counts of Cruelty to Non-Livestock Animal $10,000 bond/each
The investigation is ongoing and the Hays County Sheriff’s Office continues to work with the District Attorney’s Office to determine if any additional charges will be filed.