Couple arrested and charged with animal cruelty



Katreena Martin

Katreena Martin

On Thursday, Oct. 3, Katreena Martin of Jourdanton was arrested for allegedly illegally dumping dogs from the Atascosa County Animal Control shelter along a stretch of highway in West Texas. Her husband, Wayne Martin turned himself in the following day.

Martin was a volunteer with the ACAC shelter who claimed to be transporting hundreds of dogs to a rescue shelter in West Texas. It was believed these dogs were being saved from possible euthanization and would eventually be adopted by a ‘furever’ family. However, after an extensive investigation by Texas DPS, Texas Game Wardens, Sutton County Sheriff’s Office and Kimble County Sheriff’s Office, it was discovered the dogs were being dumped off multiple roads along IH- 10.

According to the affidavit, surveillance footage caught the couple in September loading up multiple dogs in a gray minivan at the ACAC shelter in Jourdanton. Mobile surveillance footage later caught the same vehicle in Kimble County near IH-10 and Cleo Road exit. Hours later, the vehicle was found in Sutton County by Texas Game Warden, Derek Rogers. Rogers followed the vehicle briefly and noticed four large dogs abandoned by the FM 3130 roadway, which were positively identified as the dogs from the ACAC shelter.

Wayne Martin

Wayne Martin

Texas DPS Sergeant Justin Baker confirmed the couple were both charged with four counts of Cruelty to Animals Non-Livestock: Abandoning.

Since the news broke last week, both Atascosa County and the ACAC have made the following public statement:

“We are shocked at these unfolding events and have been operating in good faith to rescue and transport the animals in the Atascosa County Animal Control Facility. The Atascosa County Attorney’s office is conducting its own investigation on behalf of Atascosa County to determine the facts. We can make no other comment at this time.”

You can read more information on the shelter in Atascosa County Judge Bob Hurley’s column on 7A.

Atascosa Animal Allies based in Pleasanton has taken it upon themselves to help as many as possible of the abandoned dogs along IH-10. They made the following Facebook post Friday afternoon:

“Atascosa Animal Allies has taken in some of the dogs that were recently dumped in west Texas off of I-10. We currently have seven dogs that are now available to foster or adopt! As fellow residents of Atascosa County, we felt it was our duty to help in what little way we can. However, we are at full capacity so we’d love to get these pups into good homes, be it temporarily or forever! If you’re interested, visit atascosaanimalallies.org or send us a private message. Meet Sutton, Whit, Steve, Kimble, Crockett, Joe and Wheless!”

As of Sunday, two of those dogs were adopted out to two wonderful people. Please check the Atascosa Animal Allies Facebook page for more updates.

The investigation against the Martins is still ongoing by Texas DPS. The Pleasanton Express will continue to follow this story and update the community as more information is made available to us.

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