Jourdanton hoarder home cleanup begins

Cleanup of the home will take several days to be completed.

JOURDANTON – Fifteen days after more than a dozen dogs were rescued from a home in Jourdanton, Public Works is cleaning up the property.

The police department described the home as a hoarding situation.

Outside of the home on Terrel Avenue, there were large piles of trash.

“We’ve had a few houses like this and, you know, this is probably the worst one,” Robert Lopez, a public works employee, said.

On November 4th, more than a dozen dogs were rescued from what Atascosa Animal Control described as deplorable conditions, something neighbor Ronnie Champion said has been building up for seven years.

“I’m the one who gets to suffer. My family gets to suffer for it,” neighbor Ronnie Champion said. “The neighbors behind them get to suffer for everybody that surrounds this house gets to pay for their actions.”

Champion said the dogs that were rescued ate several of his pet birds.

“30 chickens, at least. And they killed my male duck. There’s his feathers there,” Champion said. “I come in here and it looked like, it looked like a massacre.”

While Champion is happy the city is doing something to clean up the home, he said more needs to be done to keep them from doing this again

“If the city wants it done, they’ll do it. If not, I’ll continue to have this mess in my, next to my house,” Champion said.

With this dumpster filled and still more mess to be cleaned up – workers out here said they’ll have to come back again.

“We’re probably going to have to set it up for either another day or maybe even next week, you know, to finish up what we have, what we have here,” Lopez said.

Currently, the homeowner is in jail for an unrelated charge.

In an email, the chief of Jourdanton police said they have a person of interest in the animal cruelty case against the dogs and the case is still open.

About the Authors:

Leigh Waldman is a news reporter at KSAT 12. She joined the station in 2021. Leigh comes to San Antonio from the Midwest after spending time at a station in Omaha, NE. After two winters there, she knew it was time to come home to Texas. When Leigh is not at work, she enjoys eating, playing with her dogs and spending time with family.

Gavin Nesbitt is a photojournalist and video editor who joined KSAT in September 2021. He has traveled across the great state of Texas to film, conduct interviews and edit many major news stories, including the White Settlement church shooting, Hurricane Hanna, 2020 presidential campaigns, Texas border coverage and the Spurs.