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Pet Adoption Fees Waived on Empty the Shelter Day, Saturday, August 16
8/6/2014
Thirty-Three North Texas-Area Shelters, Representing 81% of the Metroplex, Host Largest Pet Adoption Event Ever Held in North Texas
 
WHAT: The SPCA of Texas and all Empty the Shelter partners invite the public to come out and find their perfect match on Empty the Shelter Day, to be held on Saturday, August 16, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., when pet adoption fees at participating shelters representing 81% of the Metroplex will be waived. This is the largest adoption effort ever held in North Texas and what the partners hope to be the largest multi-city, multi-county adoption event in the United States.

Approximately 5,000 adoptable pets will be available for adoption at thirty-three North Texas-area shelters in the seven hour period. Other fees and participating shelter times may vary.

A complete listing of participating shelters, locations, hours, adoption policies and other important information regarding Empty the Shelter Day is available at www.emptytheshelter.org.

This event is sponsored by NBC 5 and Telemundo Dallas and is made possible through a generous grant from the ASPCA.

Empty the Shelter Day is an effort to find homes for thousands of pets across the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. An unprecedented number of cities and animal shelters, both municipal and non-profit, throughout North Texas have joined forces to offer free adoptions that one very special day.

Together with the North Texas community, these groups are hoping to find forever homes for all of the animals in their shelters.

WHEN:   Saturday, August 16 from Noon to 6 p.m. (participating shelter times may vary)

WHERE: SPCA of Texas locations:

Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center
2400 Lone Star Drive
Dallas, TX 75212

Russell H. Perry Animal Care Center
8411 Stacy Road
McKinney, TX 75050

All PetSmart locations that feature adoptable pets from the SPCA of Texas.

For a full listing of locations, visit www.emptytheshelter.org

COST:  Adoption fees waived (other fees may vary)

MORE INFO: www.emptytheshelter.org

 

SPCA of Texas Awarded Custody of Animals Seized from Hunt County Animal Shelter
7/31/2014
SPCA of Texas and Hunt County Constable Seize 222 Dogs, Cats
7/23/2014
SPCA of Texas Offers $5,000 Reward in Case of Cats Impaled on Fence in Dallas
7/11/2014

(DALLAS, TX); July 11, 2014 – The SPCA of Texas, through generous funding by the Murrell Foundation, is offering $5,000 as a reward to any individual who provides information leading to the indictment of the perpetrator(s) who has allegedly impaled two cats by their hind legs on a fence outside of a Dallas apartment complex in the 2900 block of Remond Drive near Interstate 30 and Westmoreland Road in Dallas on June 27, 2014 at about 2:50 a.m.

Anyone with information should contact Detective Ira Carter with the Dallas Police Department at 214-671-0633.

"There is a well-documented link between animal cruelty and human violence." said SPCA of Texas President James Bias. "Helping the Dallas Police Department bring these individuals to justice will help stop the cycle of abuse."

The SPCA of Texas points out that animal cruelty is often an early warning sign of violent tendencies that will be acted out against people. Childhood cruelty to animals has been linked to later antisocial and aggressive behavior in several retrospective studies. The SPCA of Texas is committed to stopping this cycle through maintaining an active Rescue & Investigations team that responds to reports of abuse and neglect in eight North Texas counties, through lobbying the Texas legislature to strengthen animal cruelty laws, by encouraging the community to get involved in their local and state government to advocate for animals and by encouraging individuals to report all suspected animal cruelty to their local law enforcement agency and the SPCA of Texas. To report suspected cruelty or abuse to the SPCA of Texas, call 214-742-SPCA (7722) or visit www.spca.org/abuse.

The SPCA of Texas will do everything in its power to assist law enforcement as they work with prosecutors to take this specific case as far as possible under state law and bring this individual(s) to justice.

To help support the SPCA of Texas and its efforts to help abused, neglected and homeless animals and to support the SPCA of Texas' other programs and services, please visit www.spca.org/helptheanimals. To learn more about the SPCA of Texas, please visit our website at www.spca.org.

 

SPCA of Texas Announces "Fix 'Em Dallas County" Program for Dallas County Residents
7/11/2014

Offers Free Spay/Neuter Surgeries for Dallas County Residents

****UPDATE: All available appointments for this program have been filled.

WHAT:   The SPCA of Texas is officially launching a new program called Fix ‘Em Dallas County at its Dallas and McKinney clinics, thanks to a grant from PetSmart Charities®. This new program offers free spay and neuter surgeries for pets of Dallas County residents. A microchip special of $15 is also available at the time of surgery.

Fix ‘Em Dallas County will allow the SPCA of Texas to help reduce the intake of unwanted pets at city shelters by spaying and neutering hundreds more pets in the area for those who could not normally afford the surgery.

This innovative program will provide low-cost, high-quality care. All pets spayed and neutered under Fix ‘Em Dallas County will receive top-notch care from the SPCA of Texas’ medical staff, and all surgeries are performed by licensed veterinarians employed by the SPCA of Texas. Proof of up-to-date vaccinations is required for all spay/neuter patients. Low-cost vaccinations are available at all SPCA of Texas clinics.

All Fix ‘Em Dallas County surgeries will take place at any of the SPCA of Texas' clinics in Dallas and McKinney. To make an appointment, Dallas County residents can call 214-742-SPCA (7722).

WHEN/WHERE:   Beginning July 10. Please note that all appointments for this program have been filled, as the funding for these surgeries has been utilized. The previously announced end date of this program had been September 30.

Myron K. Martin Spay/Neuter & Wellness Clinic
2400 Lone Star Drive
Dallas, TX 75212

Mary Spencer Spay/Neuter & Wellness Clinic at Village Fair
4830 Village Fair Dr. 
Dallas, TX 75224 

Russell H. Perry Spay/Neuter & Wellness Clinic
8411 Stacy Road
McKinney, TX 75050

COST:  Free

MORE: The SPCA of Texas is the leading animal welfare agency in North Texas. The non-profit organization operates two shelters and three spay/neuter clinics located in Dallas and McKinney, and maintains a team of five animal cruelty investigators to respond to thousands of calls in eight North Texas counties. Moreover, the SPCA of Texas serves as an active resource center for an array of services that bring people and animals together to enrich each other’s lives.

The SPCA of Texas is not affiliated with any other entity and does not receive general operating funds from the City of Dallas, State of Texas, federal government or any other humane organization. The SPCA of Texas is dedicated to providing every animal exceptional care and a loving home. For additional information about the SPCA of Texas, visit www.spca.org.

About PetSmart Charities:

PetSmart Charities, Inc. is a nonprofit animal welfare organization that saves the lives of homeless pets. More than 400,000 dogs and cats find homes each year through our adoption program in all PetSmart® stores and our sponsored adoption events. PetSmart Charities grants more money to directly help pets in need than any other animal welfare group in North America, with a focus on funding spay/neuter services that help communities solve pet overpopulation. PetSmart Charities is a 501(c)(3) organization, separate from PetSmart, Inc.

Arrest Made in Case of Starving Dog Discovered on Dallas County Property
6/26/2014

(DALLAS, TX); June 26, 2014 – On Wednesday, June 18, 2014, almost nine months after an emaciated dog was discovered on a Dallas County Property, Zina Scott was charged with criminal animal cruelty--a Class A misdemeanor--and arrested.

To view photos of the dog, taken the he arrived at the SPCA of Texas’ shelter, please right click on the following link or copy and paste it into a browser: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/zmpwdw6kolqi7xd/AAD6CzYzMVR4sz-Z_E0p2pJua.

The SPCA of Texas received a complaint of suspected animal cruelty at the Dallas, TX property on September 24, 2013. The next day, the SPCA of Texas Senior Investigator and Dallas County District Attorney’s Office Special Investigator visited the property and observed an emaciated male Golden Retriever mix tethered to a tree in the backyard of the home. Molded food and a bucket with minimal water were found on the property. After observing the dog’s conditions, the investigator left a tag on the front door of the residence, requesting that the owner contact the SPCA of Texas about bringing the dogs’ conditions into compliance with Texas Health and Safety Code. The investigator returned to the property on September 25, leaving a second tag requesting a response. The owner did not respond to either tag.

The investigator determined that it was in the animals’ best interest to remove him, and obtained a seizure warrant on September 26. The investigator was able to make contact with the owner via the dog’s microchip information. The animal owner stated that someone had been repeatedly stealing and starving her dog, and then returning the dog to her backyard.

The SPCA of Texas removed the animal and transported him to the SPCA of Texas’ Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center in West Dallas. After receiving custody of the dog on September 30, 2013, the SPCA of Texas worked to rehabilitate him and provide him with a special diet that helped him put on weight. The dog, now named Riley, was adopted on November 24 and is now living a healthy and happy life.

The SPCA of Texas Investigator gathered the evidence of the case and presented it to the Dallas County District Attorney, which resulted in the owner being arrested on June 18, 2014. The owner face charges of animal cruelty and her bond is set at $1,000.

"This dog was slowly starving to death due to lack of even the most basic care," said Art Muñoz, Senior Investigator for the SPCA of Texas. "Without the initial complaint and our quick response, we wouldn’t have been able to save Keldor."

To help support the SPCA of Texas and its efforts to help abused, neglected and homeless animals and to support the SPCA of Texas' other programs and services, please visit www.spca.org/helptheanimals. To learn more about the SPCA of Texas, please visit our website at www.spca.org.

SPCA of Texas Offers Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Surgeries in McKinney
6/17/2014

Project SNIP Aims to Reduce the Overpopulation of Dogs in Collin County

WHAT:   The SPCA of Texas is continuing its spay/neuter program called Project SNIP (Spay or Neuter Intact Pups) at the Russell H. Perry Animal Care Center in McKinney, thanks to a grant from PetSmart Charities®. This program offers $20 spay and neuter surgeries for dogs of McKinney residents. Additionally, the program includes vaccinations and microchips.

Project SNIP will allow the SPCA of Texas to help reduce the intake of unwanted dogs and puppies at the Collin County Animal Services shelter by spaying and neutering hundreds more dogs in the area for those who could not normally afford the surgery.

This innovative program will provide low-cost, high-quality care. All dogs and puppies spayed and neutered under Project SNIP will receive top-notch care from the SPCA of Texas’ medical staff, and all surgeries are performed by licensed veterinarians employed by the SPCA of Texas in the state-of-the-art Russell H. Perry Spay/Neuter Clinic.

All Project SNIP surgeries will take place at its clinics in Dallas and McKinney. To make an appointment, residents can call 214-742-SPCA (7722).

WHEN/WHERE:   Myron K. Martin Spay/Neuter & Wellness Clinic
                          2400 Lone Star Drive
                          Dallas, TX 75212

                         Mary Spencer Spay/Neuter & Wellness Clinic at Village Fair
                         4830 Village Fair Dr. 
                         Dallas, TX 75224 

                         Russell H. Perry Spay/Neuter & Wellness Clinic
                         8411 Stacy Road
                         McKinney, TX 75050

COST:  $20, which includes spay or neuter surgery, vaccinations and microchip.

MORE: The SPCA of Texas is the leading animal welfare agency in North Texas. The non-profit organization operates two shelters and three spay/neuter clinics located in Dallas and McKinney, and maintains a team of five animal cruelty investigators to respond to thousands of calls in eight North Texas counties. Moreover, the SPCA of Texas serves as an active resource center for an array of services that bring people and animals together to enrich each other’s lives.

The SPCA of Texas is not affiliated with any other entity and does not receive general operating funds from the City of Dallas, State of Texas, federal government or any other humane organization. The SPCA of Texas is dedicated to providing every animal exceptional care and a loving home. For additional information about the SPCA of Texas, visit www.spca.org.

About PetSmart Charities®

Established in 1994, PetSmart Charities, Inc. is an independent, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that creates and supports programs that save the lives of homeless pets, raise awareness of companion animal welfare issues and promote healthy relationships between people and pets. The largest funder of animal-welfare efforts in North America, PetSmart Charities has provided more than $165 million in grants and programs benefiting animal-welfare organizations and has helped save the lives of more than 5 million pets through its in-store adoption program. To learn more about how PetSmart Charities is working toward its vision of a lifelong, loving home for every pet, visit petsmartcharities.org or call 1-800-423-PETS(7387).

SPCA of Texas Awarded Final Custody of 19 Cruelly Treated Animals from Kaufman County Property
6/11/2014

(KAUFMAN COUNTY, TX); June 10 , 2014 –Today at the Kaufman County Courthouse in Kaufman, TX, Judge Mary Bardin awarded custody of 19 cruelly treated animals seized from a Kaufman, TX property on June 4 to the SPCA of Texas. The SPCA of Texas was awarded $4,768.44 in restitution. However, the SPCA of Texas does not actually expect to receive any of this money to help offset costs. If the animal owner does not file an appeal in the next ten days, the SPCA of Texas will at that time individually evaluate the animals for adoption or placement on a case by case basis.

To download photos from the scene, please right click on the following link or copy and paste it into a browser:https://www.dropbox.com/sh/j00dtaimnb1fz9p/AAASLGLgDYnMniHfW5ajMI3wa

Five dogs were found tethered in the yard, while the remaining dogs and cat were living inside a feces-filled, urine soaked house on the property. 

The SPCA of Texas measured the ammonia level in the residence to be 123 parts per million (ppm). As a point of reference, short term exposure to any ammonia level over 20 ppm or long term exposure to any level over 12 ppm can cause health problems in humans.

The animals appeared to have varying health issues, including hair loss, long nails and eye discharge, and were covered in urine, feces and fleas.

On Monday, June 2, the Kaufman County Sheriff’s Office contacted the SPCA of Texas about several cruelly treated dogs on a property in Kaufman County. The SPCA of Texas Rescue and Investigations team visited the property on Tuesday, June 3 and the home appeared to be abandoned. Upon further investigation, the SPCA of Texas and Kaufman County Sheriff’s Office concurred that it was in the animal’s best interest to remove the animals, and the Kaufman County Sheriff’s Office served a seizure warrant on Wednesday, June 4.

To help support the SPCA of Texas and its efforts to help abused, neglected and homeless animals and to support the SPCA of Texas' other programs and services, please visit www.spca.org.

SPCA of Texas Celebrates Adopt-a-Shelter-Cat Month by Offering 50% Off of All Adult Cat Adoptions in June
6/10/2014

WHAT:   June is Adopt-a-Shelter-Cat Month, and it’s the perfect time to adopt one of the SPCA of Texas’ adorable cats and kittens. The SPCA of Texas currently has more than 135 cats and kittens awaiting their forever home. In order to make space to adopt out more incoming cats and kittens, the SPCA of Texas is offering 50% off adoption fees for all adult cats 1-year-old or older throughout the month of June at the Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center at 2400 Lone Star Drive in Dallas and the Russell H. Perry Animal Care Center at 8411 Stacy Rd. in McKinney. These shelters are open seven days a week from noon to 6 p.m.

Cats make wonderful pets because they are calm, clean, easy-going, independent and affectionate. Cats are also very easily trainable and make perfect companions for apartment dwellers, children and seniors. The SPCA of Texas asks potential cat owners to adopt a shelter cat and save a life. To view all of available cats, please visit spca.org/findapet.

WHEN:     Throughout the month of June. 

WHERE:   Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center
                2400 Lone Star Drive, Dallas, TX 75212

                Russell H. Perry Animal care Center
                8411 Stacy Rd., McKinney, TX 75070

COST:  Regular adoption fees for cats and kittens range from $50 to $95, and include age-appropriate vaccinations (which can include Rabies, Feline Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus and Pan-Leukopenia), deworming treatment, spay/neuter surgery, a rabies tag, a temporary pet tote made of heavy-duty cardboard, 30 days of free pet health insurance, a 14-day post-adoption wellness visit and a microchip. Cats over 4 months of age are also given feline Leukemia and FIV tests.

MORE: To learn more about the SPCA of Texas, please visit spca.org.

SPCA of Texas Offers Pet Grief Counseling Program
6/5/2014

Innovative Program Helps Pet Owners Through Grieving Process

 WHAT: The SPCA of Texas’ Pet Grief Counseling Program, designed to help those who are grieving the loss of a beloved companion animal, meets at 1 p.m. the first Saturday of every month at the SPCA of Texas’ Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center in Dallas. The next meeting, free and open to the public, is on Saturday, June 7.
 
Diane Pomerance, Ph.D., a SPCA of Texas volunteer and certified Grief Recovery Specialist, along with trained volunteers, administer the program incorporating grief support groups, one-on-one counseling, telephone counseling, volunteer education and training and more in a safe and supportive environment.

Twelve years ago when the program launched, there were very few (if any) resources in the Metroplex that could help someone adjust to the loss of a dearly loved pet. Dr. Pomerance developed this flagship program with the SPCA of Texas in response to that need.

There are countless pet owners who find it extremely difficult to cope with the loss of a pet. This program fulfills the needs of those who need to "work through" their loss with the help of specially trained and compassionate volunteer counselors and others who grieve the loss of their pet.

Services include telephone counseling, one-on-one counseling and group counseling.

WHERE:  SPCA of Texas’ Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center
2400 Lone Star Drive
Dallas, TX 75212
Conference room
FREE, open to the public

WHEN: Saturday, June 7 at 1 p.m.
First Saturday of each month at 1 p.m.

MORE INFO:
 www.spca.org or 214-742-SPCA (7722)

Pet Grief Helpline: 214-461-5131 (all messages are returned within 24 hours)

WHY:
Pets are members of the family, constant companions, teachers, gentle leaders and special friends. They deserve our utmost respect because that is what they offer us with no strings attached. Dogs and cats teach adults and children alike about the meanings of empathy, compassion, responsibility, unconditional love and self-worth.


While grief is the normal, healthy and natural response to loss, the Pet Grief Counseling program encourages grievers to dispel common myths and misinformation, identify and express their feelings of loss in a safe and supportive environment, and participate in a series of exercises that guide them through the processes of awareness, acceptance, resolution, action, recovery and moving beyond the need for counseling.

The death of a pet can bring with it many of the same intense, painful, profound feelings associated with the loss of a beloved human being.       
SPCA of Texas Seizes 19 Cruelly Treated Animals from Kaufman County Property
6/5/2014

(KAUFMAN COUNTY, TX); June 4, 2014 –This morning, under the authority of the Kaufman County Sheriff’s Office, the SPCA of Texas seized 18 cruelly treated dogs and one cat from a property in Kaufman County.

To download photos from the scene, please right click on the following link or copy and paste it into a browser:https://www.dropbox.com/sh/j00dtaimnb1fz9p/AAASLGLgDYnMniHfW5ajMI3wa

Five dogs were found tethered in the yard, while the remaining dogs and cat were living inside a feces-filled, urine soaked house on the property. 

The SPCA of Texas measured the ammonia level in the residence to be 123 parts per million (ppm). As a point of reference, short term exposure to any ammonia level over 20 ppm or long term exposure to any level over 12 ppm can cause health problems in humans.

The animals appear to have varying health issues, including hair loss, long nails and eye discharge, and were covered in urine, feces and fleas.

On Monday, June 2, the Kaufman County Sheriff’s Office contacted the SPCA of Texas about several cruelly treated dogs on a property in Kaufman County. The SPCA of Texas Rescue and Investigations team visited the property on Tuesday, June 3 and the home appeared to be abandoned. Upon further investigation, the SPCA of Texas and Kaufman County Sheriff’s Office concurred that it was in the animal’s best interest to remove the animals, and the Kaufman County Sheriff’s Office sought a seizure warrant.

SPCA of Texas vehicles transported the animals to the Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center in Dallas, TX, where they are being examined by medical staff and will be cared for until the custody hearing.

The custody hearing will be held on Tuesday, June 10 at 9 a.m. at the Kaufman County Courthouse located at 3001 S. Washington, Kaufman, TX 75142, Justice of the Peace, Pct. 1, the Honorable Mary Bardin presiding.

Charity Navigator Awards SPCA of Texas with 4-Star Rating
5/27/2014

(DALLAS, TX; McKINNEY, TX); May 27, 2014 – Charity Navigator, America's largest and most-utilized independent evaluator of charities, has awarded the SPCA of Texas the prestigious 4-star rating out of a possible four stars for good governance, sound fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency. The SPCA of Texas is currently the only animal welfare organization in North Texas with such a high rating and is one of only five animal welfare organizations in all of Texas to have four-stars.

"The SPCA of Texas is honored to receive Charity Navigator’s highest rating of four out of four stars,” said James Bias, President and CEO of the SPCA of Texas. “Receiving this 4-star rating from Charity Navigator indicates that SPCA of Texas adheres to good governance and other best practices that minimize the chance of unethical activities and consistently executes its mission in a fiscally responsible way."

Charity Navigator is America's premier independent charity evaluator. They help charitable givers make intelligent giving decisions by providing in-depth, objective ratings and analysis of the financial health and accountability & transparency of America's largest charities.

About the SPCA of Texas
The SPCA of Texas is the leading animal welfare agency in North Texas. The non-profit organization operates two shelters and three spay/neuter clinics located in Dallas and McKinney, and maintains a team of five animal cruelty investigators to respond to thousands of calls in eight North Texas counties. Moreover, the SPCA of Texas serves as an active resource center for an array of services that bring people and animals together to enrich each others’ lives. The SPCA of Texas is not affiliated with any other entity and does not receive general operating funds from the City of Dallas, State of Texas, federal government or any other humane organization. The SPCA of Texas is dedicated to providing every animal exceptional care and a loving home.

SPCA of Texas and Upshur County Constable Seize 71 Cruelly Treated Animals from Upshur County Property
5/8/2014


(UPSHUR COUNTY, TX; McKINNEY, TX); May 8, 2014 –
Today, under the authority of the Upshur County Constable, Pct. 1, the SPCA of Texas seized and took custody of 71 cruelly treated animals--64 dogs, six cats and one horse--from a property near Gladewater, Texas.

To download photos, please right click on the following link or copy and paste it into a browser: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/zbiyijn8yv42exj/AACRoD9KPYP6binMo2XBe3hXa.

Most of the dogs were found living in trash-filled residence on the property in rows of plastic, metal and wooden crates. Approximately 20 dogs were found inside fenced-in kennels behind the building. Nine of the dogs were tethered outside. Various breeds found include Great Pyrenees mixes, Hound Mixes, Miniature Pinschers, Red Heelers and other mixed breeds. The dogs appear to have various health issues, including hair loss, tumors, labored breathing, eye issues, skin isues, matted fur, one dog had a distended abdomen and one dog had an injured tail.

Most of the cats were kept in carriers inside the residence on the property. One cat was found in a metal cage. Many of the cats have matted fur.

The horse was living outside in a pasture, is very underweight and has a dull coat.

The Upshur County Constable, Pct. 1, contacted the SPCA of Texas regarding concerns of animal cruelty on May 7 in reference to a puppy mill case. An SPCA of Texas Investigator visited the property that day, and the SPCA of Texas and the Upshur County Constable determined that the animals were being cruelly treated. The Upshur County Constable and the SPCA of Texas concurred that it was in the animals' best interest to remove the animals, and the Upshur County Constable sought a seizure warrant.

SPCA of Texas vehicles transported the animals to the Perry Animal Care Center at 8411 Stacy Road in McKinney, TX, where they are being examined by medical staff and will be cared for until the custody hearing.

The custody hearing will take place on Friday, May 16 at 1 p.m. at the Upshur County Courthouse, at 100 W. Tyler Street, Gilmer, TX, Judge W.V. Ray, Justice of the Peace, Pct. 4, presiding.

If the SPCA of Texas is awarded custody of the animals, they would be individually evaluated for potential adoption or placement on a case by case basis.

To help support the SPCA of Texas and its efforts to help abused, neglected and homeless animals and to support the SPCA of Texas' other programs and services, please visit www.spca.org.
 
SPCA of Texas Offers Pet Grief Counseling Program
4/30/2014

Innovative Program Helps Pet Owners Through Grieving Process

WHAT: The SPCA of Texas’ Pet Grief Counseling Program, designed to help those who are grieving the loss of a beloved companion animal, meets at 1 p.m. the first Saturday of every month at the SPCA of Texas’ Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center in Dallas. The next meeting, free and open to the public, is on Saturday, May 3.
 
Diane Pomerance, Ph.D., a SPCA of Texas volunteer and certified Grief Recovery Specialist, along with trained volunteers, administer the program incorporating grief support groups, one-on-one counseling, telephone counseling, volunteer education and training and more in a safe and supportive environment.

Twelve years ago when the program launched, there were very few (if any) resources in the Metroplex that could help someone adjust to the loss of a dearly loved pet. Dr. Pomerance developed this flagship program with the SPCA of Texas in response to that need.

There are countless pet owners who find it extremely difficult to cope with the loss of a pet. This program fulfills the needs of those who need to "work through" their loss with the help of specially trained and compassionate volunteer counselors and others who grieve the loss of their pet.

Services include telephone counseling, one-on-one counseling and group counseling.

WHERE:  SPCA of Texas’ Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center
2400 Lone Star Drive
Dallas, TX 75212
Conference room
FREE, open to the public

WHEN: Saturday, May 3 at 1 p.m.
First Saturday of each month at 1 p.m.

MORE INFO:
 www.spca.org or 214-742-SPCA (7722)
Pet Grief Helpline: 214-461-5131 (all messages are returned within 24 hours)

WHY:
Pets are members of the family, constant companions, teachers, gentle leaders and special friends. They deserve our utmost respect because that is what they offer us with no strings attached. Dogs and cats teach adults and children alike about the meanings of empathy, compassion, responsibility, unconditional love and self-worth.

While grief is the normal, healthy and natural response to loss, the Pet Grief Counseling program encourages grievers to dispel common myths and misinformation, identify and express their feelings of loss in a safe and supportive environment, and participate in a series of exercises that guide them through the processes of awareness, acceptance, resolution, action, recovery and moving beyond the need for counseling.


The death of a pet can bring with it many of the same intense, painful, profound feelings associated with the loss of a beloved human being.       

SPCA of Texas and Dallas Symphony Orchestra Present: Barking Beethovens
4/24/2014

Family-Fun Event Featuring Dogs, Activities and “Beethoven”

WHAT: The SPCA of Texas and Dallas Symphony Orchestra invite the public to Barking Beethovens, a free, fun event featuring activities for the whole family, including four-legged family members, on Friday, April 25 at 6 p.m.

Dog owners can enter their talented pooches in the “Most Musical Dog” contest, and families can also enjoy prizes and giveaways.

At dusk, families can grab their blanket, gather on the lawn and watch the 1992 family comedy movie, “Beethoven” (PG), featuring Charles Grodin and Bonnie Hunt.   

WHEN: Friday, April 25 at 6 p.m.
Registration for “Most Musical Dog” contest begins at 6 p.m.
Contest begins at 7 p.m.
“Beethoven” the movie begins at 8 p.m.

WHERE: Klyde Warren Park
2012 Woodall Rodgers Freeway
Dallas, TX 75201

COST: Free

WHY: Barking Beethovens is a part of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s three-week Beethoven Festival. The SPCA of Texas is proud to partner with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra in celebration of the human/animal bond.

SPCA of Texas Offers 2nd Annual Low-Cost Pet Vaccination Clinic
4/23/2014

Group Will Also Schedule Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Surgery Appointments and Low-Cost Microchips

WHAT: In an effort to provide an easy and affordable way for the community to help curb the spread of common and highly contagious illnesses in pets,the SPCA of Texas will host a mobile, low-cost pet vaccination clinicthis Saturday, April 26 from 8 a.m. to noon at the Jubilee Park Resource Center.

Vaccinations will be $5 each for Bordetella, FVRCP, Distemper Combo for dogs and cats and Rabies. Pet owners can also have their pets microchipped for $15 each. These services will be provided in the SPCA of Texas’ temperature-controlled Emergency Animal Rescue Vehicle. Heartworm preventive and flea control will be available for purchase as well.

Pet owners can also make an appointment for a low-cost spay or neuter surgery at any one of the SPCA of Texas’ three DFW-area spay/neuter clinics.

WHEN:    Saturday, April 26

               8 a.m. to noon

WHERE: Jubilee Park Resource Center

               907 S. Carroll Avenue

               Dallas, TX 75223

WHY: Spaying, neutering and vaccinating pets saves lives by preventing unwanted litters, keeping thousands of animals off the mean streets and stopping the spread of dangerous illnesses like Parvo and Distemper.

Group Will Also Schedule Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Surgery Appointments and Low-Cost Microchips

SPCA of Texas Offers $2,000 Reward in Case of Burned Cat Found in Wills Point, Texas
4/14/2014

SPCA of Texas, Hunt County Constable Pct. 1 Terry Jones and Hunt County District Attorney Noble Walker Partner to Stop Violence Against Animals

(WILLS POINT, TX); April 14, 2014—The SPCA of Texas is offering $2,000 as a reward to the person or people who provide information leading to the arrest and conviction of the perpetrator(s) who has allegedly severely burned a cat in the Cochise Village neighborhood of Wills Point, TX on March 11, 2014. The cat has third degree burns down its back and on its ears, and is currently in the care of a veterinarian.

Anyone with information on this case should contact the SPCA of Texas at 214-461-1850.

The SPCA of Texas points out that animal cruelty is often an early warning sign of violent tendencies that will be acted out against people. Childhood cruelty to animals has been linked to later antisocial and aggressive behavior in several retrospective studies.

"There is a well-documented link between animal cruelty and human violence." said SPCA of Texas President James Bias. "Helping the Hunt County Constable bring this individual to justice will help stop the cycle of abuse."

The SPCA of Texas is committed to stopping this cycle through maintaining an active Rescue & Investigations team that responds to reports of abuse and neglect in eight North Texas counties, through lobbying the Texas legislature to strengthen animal cruelty laws, by encouraging the community to get involved in their local and state government to advocate for animals and by encouraging individuals to report all suspected animal cruelty to their local law enforcement agency and the SPCA of Texas.

Further, April is Animal Cruelty Prevention Month, and the SPCA of Texas, the Hunt County Constable Pct. 1 and the Hunt County District Attorney are partnering to raise awareness about animal cruelty by asking anyone who sees suspected animal cruelty or abuse to contact their local law enforcement agency and the SPCA of Texas. To report suspected cruelty or abuse to the SPCA of Texas, call 214-742-SPCA (7722) or visit www.spca.org/abuse.

The SPCA of Texas will do everything in its power to assist the Hunt County Constable Pct. 1 Terry Jones as his office investigates, work with Hunt County District Attorney Noble Walker to take this case, and those like it, as far as possible under state law and bring this perpetrator to justice.

The SPCA of Texas is the leading animal welfare agency in North Texas. The non-profit organization operates two shelters and three spay/neuter clinics located in Dallas and McKinney, and maintains a team of five animal cruelty investigators to respond to thousands of calls in eight North Texas counties. Moreover, the SPCA of Texas serves as an active resource center for an array of services that bring people and animals together to enrich each other’s lives. The SPCA of Texas is not affiliated with any other entity and does not receive general operating funds from the City of Dallas, State of Texas, federal government or any other humane organization. The SPCA of Texas is dedicated to providing every animal exceptional care and a loving home. For more information, visit www.spca.org.

Chocolate rabbits make the best Easter gifts!
4/7/2014

SPCA of Texas encourages responsible rabbit, chick and duckling ownership

(DALLAS, TX/McKINNEY,TX); April 9, 2014--Easter egg hunts, colorful candy-filled baskets and family gatherings are all wonderful ways to celebrate Easter. As the Easter bunny comes hippety-hopping to make his yearly visit, the SPCA of Texas reminds the public that rabbits, chicks and ducklings do not make good gifts.  

Pet ownership is not something to be entered into lightly, and it is important that the entire family make the decision to commit to caring for a pet. Most bunnies, chicks and ducklings bought on the spur of the moment end up being abandoned or taken to shelters because families are not able to provide them with the long-term care they need to thrive. Sadly, those that aren’t surrendered to shelters do not survive past their first birthday.

Although the idea of furry, fuzzy, fluff balls hopping through the fresh, spring grass may seem appealing, it is important to consider the following before adding these little ones to your family:

  • Rabbits, chicks and ducklings are not “low maintenance” pets and are not a good choice for small children, who like pets they can hold and snuggle with.

  • The average lifespan for a rabbit is 7-10 years, and the average chicken or duck lives to be about 8-12 years old. Some chickens can live to be up to 25 years old!

  • These little ones are not passive and cuddly; rather, they are ground-loving creatures who feel frightened and insecure when held or restrained. They are also fragile and their legs and spine can easily break if they are dropped or handled roughly.
  • Rabbits require as much or more care as a dog or cat. They need to live indoors as part of the family, they need their hutches cleaned daily, and they should be spayed or neutered.
  • Chickens and ducks require specialized diets, habitats and care to stay happy and healthy.

Before adding a rabbit, a chick or a duckling to your family, the SPCA of Texas urges you and your family to do your research and make sure that they are the appropriate pet choice for your lifestyle. Otherwise, help end the cycle of abandoned Easter rabbits, chicks and ducklings and buy your child a chocolate bunny or a plush chick or duckling instead. Don’t forget to also keep Easter candy away from your furry family members, as their tummies do not agree with sweets like ours do, and chocolate can be fatal for pets.

For more information, or to view all the available pets looking for loving homes at the SPCA of Texas, visit www.spca.org or call 214-742-SPCA (7722).

SPCA of Texas Offers Pet Grief Counseling Program
4/4/2014

Innovative Program Helps Pet Owners Through Grieving Process

WHAT: The SPCA of Texas’ Pet Grief Counseling Program, designed to help those who are grieving the loss of a beloved companion animal, meets at 1 p.m. the first Saturday of every month at the SPCA of Texas’ Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center in Dallas. The next meeting, free and open to the public, is on Saturday, April 5.
 
Diane Pomerance, Ph.D., a SPCA of Texas volunteer and certified Grief Recovery Specialist, along with trained volunteers, administer the program incorporating grief support groups, one-on-one counseling, telephone counseling, volunteer education and training and more in a safe and supportive environment.

Twelve years ago when the program launched, there were very few (if any) resources in the Metroplex that could help someone adjust to the loss of a dearly loved pet. Dr. Pomerance developed this flagship program with the SPCA of Texas in response to that need.

There are countless pet owners who find it extremely difficult to cope with the loss of a pet. This program fulfills the needs of those who need to "work through" their loss with the help of specially trained and compassionate volunteer counselors and others who grieve the loss of their pet.

Services include telephone counseling, one-on-one counseling and group counseling.

WHERE:  SPCA of Texas’ Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center
2400 Lone Star Drive
Dallas, TX 75212
Conference room
FREE, open to the public

WHEN: Saturday, April 5 at 1 p.m.
First Saturday of each month at 1 p.m.

MORE INFO:
 www.spca.org or 214-742-SPCA (7722)
Pet Grief Helpline: 214-461-5131 (all messages are returned within 24 hours)

WHY:
Pets are members of the family, constant companions, teachers, gentle leaders and special friends. They deserve our utmost respect because that is what they offer us with no strings attached. Dogs and cats teach adults and children alike about the meanings of empathy, compassion, responsibility, unconditional love and self-worth.

While grief is the normal, healthy and natural response to loss, the Pet Grief Counseling program encourages grievers to dispel common myths and misinformation, identify and express their feelings of loss in a safe and supportive environment, and participate in a series of exercises that guide them through the processes of awareness, acceptance, resolution, action, recovery and moving beyond the need for counseling.

The death of a pet can bring with it many of the same intense, painful, profound feelings associated with the loss of a beloved human being.        

 

SPCA of Texas' Critter Camp 2014
4/2/2014

One of a Kind Summer Camp for Kids who Love Pets - Registration Open Now

WHAT: Craving some creative activities for your little critters this summer? Between exciting crafts, opportunities to play with the adoptable animals and a visit from a few unique animals from the Dallas Zoo, the SPCA of Texas' Critter Camp may just be the perfect spot for a week of unforgettable fun!

Campers will learn the basics of animal care from our professional staff, hear about how our rescue team works to stop animal cruelty, have the opportunity to pet and play with our shelter animals, spend an afternoon with a few exotic animals from the Dallas Zoo, make delectable treats for the animals, and learn about important values such as kindness and love. They’ll also find out what they can do to help pets in their own neighborhoods. Best of all, they’ll meet new friends both two-legged and four-legged!

Critter Camp is divided into six sessions for kids between the ages of 8-11 years old. Each week-long session takes place on Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at either the SPCA of Texas’ state-of-the-art Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center in Dallas or the SPCA of Texas' picturesque Russell H. Perry Animal Care Center in McKinney. Space is limited and will be available on a first come, first served basis for $250 per camper per session. 

Registration is open and will end when sessions are full. Sessions fill up quickly, so be sure to register online at www.spca.org/crittercamp. Campers must bring a sack lunch from home each day and wear sturdy play clothes.

WHEN/WHERE: 

Russell H. Perry Animal Care Center
8411 Stacy Road
McKinney, TX 75070
Week 1:  June 19 - 13
Week 2: June 16 - 20
Week 3: July 7 - 11
Week 4: July 14 - 18
Week 5: July 28 – August 1
Week 6: August 4 – 8

Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center
2400 Lone Star Drive
Dallas, TX 75070
Week 1:  June 16 - 20
Week 2: June 23 - 27
Week 3: July 7 - 11
Week 4: July 21 - 25
Week 5: July 28 – August 1
Week 6: August 11 - 15

COST:    $250 per camper, per session

HOW:     Registration is available online at www.spca.org/crittercamp. For more information, please call 214-461-1811 or email education@spca.org.

Love Your Pets, Protect Their Hearts
3/31/2014

SPCA of Texas Offers Discounted Heartworm Prevention Services

 WHAT: To celebrate Heartworm Prevention Month, the SPCA of Texas is offering discounted heartworm prevention services at all of its clinics. Throughout the month of April, clients purchasing 12 months of heartworm preventative will receive their pet’s heartworm test for free. Clients purchasing six months of heartworm preventative will receive their pet’s heartworm test for $10. A $35 office visit fee, as well as additional services and/or treatments will remain at their normal prices.

WHEN/WHERE:

Myron K. Martin Spay/Neuter & Wellness Clinic

Monday through Friday
Martin Spay/Neuter & Wellness Clinic
2400 Lone Star Drive
Dallas, TX 75212

Mary Spencer Spay/Neuter & Wellness Clinic at Village Fair

               Tuesday through Saturday
Mary Spencer Spay/Neuter & Wellness Clinic at Village Fair
4830 Village Fair Drive
Dallas, TX 75224

Russell H. Perry Spay/Neuter & Wellness Clinic
Monday through Friday
Russell H. Perry Spay/Neuter & Wellness Clinic
8411 Stacy Road
McKinney, TX 75070

HOW: Call 214-742-SPCA (7722) Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to make an appointment.

WHY: In honor of heartworm prevention month, the SPCA of Texas urges pet owners to diligently give their pets heartworm preventative monthly, as mosquitoes can infect pets with the disease.

Mosquitoes carry these worms in a microscopic form which can be deadly for an animal who is infected. Heartworms are large worms that live in the hearts and lungs of dogs (the most common host for this parasite), but they can also be found in other species such as cats, ferrets, foxes, horses and wolves. When a mosquito bites a healthy dog, that dog becomes infected with the heartworms which then circulate in the bloodstream, multiply, and obstruct the flow of blood to the heart and lungs. If the animal is not treated, the result is fatal.

This disease can be easily avoided by giving your pets a monthly dose of heartworm preventative, which is available at the SPCA of Texas’ three clinics and most veterinary hospitals. To prevent this deadly disease, owners should have pets heartworm tested to ensure they are heartworm free. If the pet tests negative for heartworms, start them on a preventive immediately.

For more information about the SPCA of Texas, log on to www.spca.org or call 214-742-SPCA (7722).

SPCA of Texas Offers Discounts for Senior Citizens
3/27/2014

Offers 15 Percent off of Clinic Services

WHAT: In an effort to continue its focus on low-cost, high-quality spay/neuter and wellness care for pets of people who otherwise may not be able to afford the services, the SPCA of Texas’ three spay/neuter and wellness clinics have begun offering discounts on surgery and wellness services for the pets of senior citizens.

Clients 60-years-old or older can enjoy 15 percent off of all low-cost clinic services for both surgery and wellness patients at its Mary Spencer Spay/Neuter & Wellness Clinic at Village Fair, Myron K. Martin Spay/Neuter & Wellness Clinic and Russell H. Perry Spay/Neuter & Wellness Clinic. The 15 percent discount is applicable for all treatments, labs, medications and other health products, excluding all Hill’s Science Diet® products. To qualify for the discount, clients simply present a photo ID at the time of services.

WHEN/WHERE:

Myron K. Martin Spay/Neuter & Wellness Clinic
2400 Lone Star Drive
Dallas, TX 75212
Monday through Friday
Wellness Appointments: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Spay/Neuter Appointments: 7:30 – 8:30 a.m. drop-off and 4 – 5:30 p.m. pick-up

            Mary Spencer Spay/Neuter & Wellness Clinic at Village Fair
4830 Village Fair Drive
Dallas, TX 75224
Tuesday through Friday
Wellness Appointments: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Spay/Neuter Appointments: 7:30 – 8:30 a.m. drop-off and 3 – 4 p.m. pick-up

Russell H. Perry Spay/Neuter & Wellness Clinic
8411 Stacy Road
McKinney, TX 75070
Monday through Friday
Wellness Appointments: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Spay/Neuter Appointments: 7:30 – 8:15 a.m. drop-off and 2:30 – 5 p.m. pick-up

HOW: Call 214-742-SPCA (7722) Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to make an appointment

WHY: Having pets spayed and neutered is the most important way to prevent pet overpopulation and ensure that animals live happy, healthy lives in loving homes by decreasing roaming tendencies and aggression and preventing certain forms of cancer in pets. Vaccinating pets ensures that their immune systems can protect them from dangerous and life-threatening viruses and bacteria. Texas law also requires Rabies vaccinations for pets. Further, veterinary wellness care is a critical component of preventative care for cats and dogs.

The SPCA of Texas features three spay/neuter and animal wellness clinics--two in Dallas and one in McKinney—and provides low-cost spay/neuter surgeries, annual exams, vaccines, heartworm preventive and preventative care for pets. The SPCA of Texas is able to provide subsidized savings on its clinic services thanks to the generosity of its donors and sponsors. These savings allow clients to care for their pets using low-cost co-pays.

For more information or to make an appointment at any of the SPCA of Texas’ clinics, please visit spca.org or call 214-742-SPCA (7722) Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

SPCA of Texas Begins Partnership with the Notre Dame School of Dallas
3/27/2014

Students Volunteer to Prepare for Future Career Opportunities

(DALLAS, TX) March 25, 2014 – In an effort to continue its dedication to community outreach, the SPCA of Texas has teamed up with the Notre Dame School of Dallas to provide students with real world job skills that they can use to increase potential for their future career opportunities.

On Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., four students will be volunteering at the SPCA of Texas’ Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center so that they can learn skills like doing laundry and dishes, and even greeting customers as they walk into the clinic.

Carmen Fernandez, Upper School Coordinator at the Notre Dame School of Dallas said that the partnership was exactly what the school was looking for to provide their students with the experience they need for the future.

“It was a perfect storm,” she said. “We were looking for a job site where we could work with animals. They feel really special to be a part of this program.”

The Notre Dame School of Dallas serves students with developmental disabilities ages eight-years-old through 21-years-old. Students volunteering with the SPCA of Texas are a part of the Upper School, where they are taught independent living skills, job skills and career exploration.

 For more information about the SPCA of Texas, please visit spca.org.

Notre Dame Students

Students from the Notre Dame School of Dallas doing laundry at the SPCA of Texas' Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center

L-R: Lacey Bryant, Ser’Corey Jones, John Mason, Michael Grimes and Mackenzie Arledge

SPCA of Texas Receives Custody of Nine Cruelly Treated Livestock Seized from Hunt County Property
3/26/2014

(HUNT COUNTY, TX; McKINNEY, TX); March 26, 2014 – Before a custody hearing today at the Hunt County Criminal Justice Center in Greenville, TX, an agreement was reached between the Hunt County Constable, Hunt County Attorney’s Office, the SPCA of Texas and the animal owner, signed by Judge Sheila Linden, for the animal owner to relinquish ownership of eight horses and one mule to the SPCA of Texas. The animals will now be individually evaluated for potential adoption or placement on a case by case basis.

On March 19, under the authority of the Hunt County Constable's Office, the SPCA of Texas seized and took custody of nine cruelly treated livestock--five mares, two yearlings, one colt and one mule--from a property outside Greenville, Texas. One deceased horse was also found on the property.

To download photos from the scene, please click on the following link or copy and paste it into a browser: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/iogcsnwpkwh4f0z/zwc8jbplUV.

All of the animals were found roaming freely inside the fenced property, but none had access to sufficient food. All of the livestock have long and/or chipped and cracked hooves, some have hair loss and all were caked in mud.

All of the horses are emaciated, with visual body scores of one to three out of nine. Horses with body scores of one to two are emaciated or extremely emaciated, meaning that their vertebrae, ribs, tail head and bones of withers, shoulder and neck are visible. For reference, an average horse is healthiest with a body score of between five to seven. Three of the horses are lame.

The mule has chipped and cracked hooves.

"These horses and the mule were not receiving enough food, and their basic care needs were not being met," said Colby Grady, Chief Investigator for the SPCA of Texas. "The horses had started eating the bark off of trees, which can indicate that they have a mineral deficiency."

The SPCA of Texas and the Hunt County Constable spoke with the animal owner on the property in mid-January, and worked out a plan to bring the animals' living conditions into compliance with Texas Health and Safety Code. The SPCA of Texas has continued to regularly check on the animals' conditions and has attempted to speak with the animal owner several times since then. However, the animal owner never responded and the animals' living conditions did not improve. The SPCA of Texas and the Hunt County Constable's Office concurred that it was in the animals' best interest to remove them, and a seizure warrant was served today.

SPCA of Texas vehicles transported the animals to the Russell H. Perry Animal Care Center at 8411 Stacy Road in McKinney, TX, where were examined by medical staff and have been cared for until today's custody hearing.

To help support the SPCA of Texas and its efforts to help abused, neglected and homeless animals and to support the SPCA of Texas' other programs and services, please visit www.spca.org.

 
SPCA of Texas and Hunt County Constable Seize Nine Cruelly Treated Livestock from Hunt County Property
3/19/2014

One Deceased Horse Also Found

(HUNT COUNTY, TX; McKINNEY, TX); March 19, 2014 – This morning, under the authority of the Hunt County Constable's Office, the SPCA of Texas seized and took custody of nine cruelly treated livestock--five mares, two yearlings, one colt and one mule--from a property outside Greenville, Texas. One deceased horse was also found on the property.

To download photos from the scene, please click on the following link or copy and paste it into a browser: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/iogcsnwpkwh4f0z/zwc8jbplUV.

All of the animals were found roaming freely inside the fenced property, but none had access to sufficient food. All of the livestock have long and/or chipped and cracked hooves, some have hair loss and all were caked in mud.

All of the horses are emaciated, with visual body scores of one to three out of nine. Horses with body scores of one to two are emaciated or extremely emaciated, meaning that their vertebrae, ribs, tail head and bones of withers, shoulder and neck are visible. For reference, an average horse is healthiest with a body score of between five to seven. Three of the horses are lame.

The mule has chipped and cracked hooves.

"These horses and the mule were not receiving enough food, and their basic care needs were not being met," said Colby Grady, Chief Investigator for the SPCA of Texas. "The horses had started eating the bark off of trees, which can indicate that they have a mineral deficiency."

The SPCA of Texas and the Hunt County Constable spoke with the animal owner on the property in mid-January, and worked out a plan to bring the animals' living conditions into compliance with Texas Health and Safety Code. The SPCA of Texas has continued to regularly check on the animals' conditions and has attempted to speak with the animal owner several times since then. However, the animal owner never responded, and the animals' living conditions did not improve. The SPCA of Texas and the Hunt County Constable's Office concurred that it was in the animals' best interest to remove them, and a seizure warrant was served today.

SPCA of Texas vehicles transported the animals to the Perry Animal Care Center at 8411 Stacy Road in McKinney, TX, where they are being examined by medical staff and will be cared for until the custody hearing.

The custody hearing will take place on Wednesday, March 26 at 10:30 a.m. at the Hunt County Criminal Justice Center at 2801 Stuart Street, Greenville, TX 75401, Judge Sheila Linden presiding.

If the SPCA of Texas is awarded custody of the animals, they would be individually evaluated for potential adoption or placement on a case by case basis.

To help support the SPCA of Texas and its efforts to help abused, neglected and homeless animals and to support the SPCA of Texas' other programs and services, please visit www.spca.org.

 
SPCA of Texas Receives Custody of 89 Cruelly Treated Animals Seized from Hunt County Property
3/11/2014

(HUNT COUNTY, TX; DALLAS, TX; McKINNEY, TX); March 10, 2014--Before a custody hearing today at the Hunt County Justice of the Peace, Pct. 1 Courthouse in Greenville, TX, an agreement was reached between the Hunt County Constable, Hunt County Attorney’s Office, the SPCA of Texas and the animal owner, signed by Judge Wayne Money, for the animal owner to relinquish ownership of 89 animals to the SPCA of Texas. The animals will now be individually evaluated for potential adoption or placement on a case by case basis.

On March 5, under the authority of the Hunt County Constable's Office, the SPCA of Texas seized and took custody of 57 dogs, 26 cats, five puppies and one kitten--all cruelly confined--from a property in Royse City, Texas.

To download photos from the scene, please right click on the following link or copy and paste it into a browser: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/emhxmnp442xzief/aKlCLsAKK7.

The animals were all living inside a feces-filled, urine-soaked residence on the property. The most of the dogs were kept in feces- and urine-filled crates in the house, and one crate also contained dead mice. Several dogs were loose inside the house. Two dogs were found outside, one in a pen next to the residence and one kept in the backyard, and one dog was found inside a car that was parked on the property.

The cats and kitten were kept in a separate room inside the house.

The SPCA of Texas measured the ammonia level in the residence to be 62 parts per million (ppm). As a point of reference, short term exposure to any ammonia level over 20 ppm or long term exposure to any level over 12 ppm can cause health problems in humans.

The dogs and cats appear to have varying health issues, including hair loss, flea infestation, and nose and eye discharge.

The SPCA of Texas seized 45 animals from this same property on October 15, 2010. Unfortunately, there is nothing in Texas state law that prevents people who have previously had animals seized civilly from them from starting over and acquiring more animals. The SPCA of Texas and the Hunt County Constable have more recently been working with the animal owner for more than a year to bring the animals' living conditions into compliance with Texas Health and Safety Code. The animal owner had worked to comply, and had surrendered twelve dogs to the SPCA of Texas in December of 2013. The SPCA of Texas has continued to regularly check on the animals' conditions during this entire time period, and the animals' conditions had recently worsened to the point that the SPCA of Texas and the Hunt County Constable's Office concurred that it was in the animals' best interest to remove them. The seizure warrant was served on Wednesday, March 5.

To help support the SPCA of Texas and its efforts to help abused, neglected and homeless animals and to support the SPCA of Texas' other programs and services, please visit www.spca.org.

SPCA of Texas and Hunt County Constable Seize 89 Cruelly Treated Animals from Hunt County Property
3/5/2014
(HUNT COUNTY, TX; McKINNEY, TX); March 5, 2014 – On March 5, under the authority of the Hunt County Constable's Office, the SPCA of Texas seized and took custody of 57 dogs, 26 cats, five puppies and one kitten--all cruelly confined--from a property in Royse City, Texas.
 
To download photos from the scene, please right click on the following link or copy and paste it into a browser: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/emhxmnp442xzief/aKlCLsAKK7.
 
The animals were all living inside a feces-filled, urine-soaked residence on the property. The most of the dogs were kept in feces- and urine-filled crates in the house, and one crate also contained dead mice. Several dogs were loose inside the house. Two dogs were found outside, one in a pen next to the residence and one kept in the backyard, and one dog was found inside a car that was parked on the property. 
 
The cats and kitten were kept in a separate room inside the house.
 
The SPCA of Texas measured the ammonia level in the residence to be 62 parts per million (ppm). As a point of reference, short term exposure to any ammonia level over 20 ppm or long term exposure to any level over 12 ppm can cause health problems in humans.
 
The dogs and cats appear to have varying health issues, including hair loss, flea infestation, and nose and eye discharge.

The SPCA of Texas seized 45 animals from this same property on October 15, 2010. Unfortunately, there is nothing in Texas state law that prevents people who have previously had animals seized civilly from them from starting over and acquiring more animals. The SPCA of Texas and the Hunt County Constable have more recently been working with the animal owner for more than a year to bring the animals' living conditions into compliance with Texas Health and Safety Code. The animal owner had worked to comply, and had surrendered twelve dogs to the SPCA of Texas in December of 2013. The SPCA of Texas has continued to regularly check on the animals' conditions during this entire time period, and the animals' conditions had recently worsened to the point that the SPCA of Texas and the Hunt County Constable's Office concurred that it was in the animals' best interest to remove them. The seizure warrant was served on Wednesday, March 5.

SPCA of Texas vehicles transported the animals to the Perry Animal Care Center at 8411 Stacy Road in McKinney, TX, where they are being examined by medical staff and will be cared for until the custody hearing.

The custody hearing will take place on Monday, March 10 at 10 a.m. at the Hunt County Justice of the Peace, Pct. 1 Courthouse at 2801 Stuart Street, Greenville, TX 75401, Judge Wayne Money presiding.

If the SPCA of Texas is awarded custody of the animals, they would be individually evaluated for potential adoption or placement on a case by case basis.

To help support the SPCA of Texas and its efforts to help abused, neglected and homeless animals and to support the SPCA of Texas' other programs and services, please visit www.spca.org.

Get Ready to Strut Your Mutt on Saturday, May 17 at Fair Park
3/4/2014

3K Fun Run/Walk and 5K Timed Run Benefitting the SPCA of Texas

WHAT: Lace up those sneakers, hook up that leash and get ready to roll out with your best tailwaggin’ friend on Saturday, May 17 at Fair Park for Strut Your Mutt 2014 presented by VCA Animal Hospitals. The entry fee is $35 per person and canine companions are welcome (but not required).

The festivities begin at 7 a.m. with registration, breakfast, vendors to visit and activities for everyone. The 3K Walk/Fun Run and timed 5K begins at 8 a.m.

In addition to the walk, we will have plenty of family-fun events for you to enjoy in our Hos-PAW-tality Area, which will include vendor booths, activities for pets and kids, demonstrations and more! Families will jam with Radio Disney while they bounce, giggle and play in the Puppy Pals Kids Zone. 100.3 Jack FM and The Jackies will also be there with awesome Jack-tivities for people and their pets.

Everyone who registers can also help the SPCA of Texas raise funds by participating in the individual and corporate fundraising challenges. Those who can't make it that day may register as Lazy Dogs and participate in individual or team fundraising challenges. Online Registration available until May 16. Top Fundraising Challenge prizes will be awarded to participants who collect the most pledges. For every $100 all other participants raise, their name will be entered into a drawing to win amazing prizes. All proceeds benefit the SPCA of Texas.

Sponsors include VCA Animal Hospitals, Rug Doctor, Luke’s Locker and Hill’s Science Diet.

WHEN: Saturday, May 17 from 7 a.m. to noon
Festivities begin at 7 a.m.
Walk/Run begins at 8 a.m.

WHERE: Tower Building at Fair Park
3809 Grand Avenue
Dallas, TX 75210

COST: Registration fee for an individual is $35 (includes free food, a t-shirt and bandana)
All proceeds benefit the SPCA of Texas. Children 11-year-old and under are free, but must register to receive food and a t-shirt.

HOW: Visit www.StrutYourMutt.info for complete information and special rules for four-legged participants or to register, create a team or sponsor an individual or a team.

SPCA of Texas' Spring Break Camp 2014: Register Now!
2/27/2014

WHAT: Craving some creative activities for your little critters this spring break? Bring your two-legged family members to the SPCA of Texas’ Russell H. Perry Animal Care Center, where they have the opportunity to play with animals in need of love, make arts and crafts and talk about responsible pet ownership.

Critter Camp takes place during spring break the week of March 10-12 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.at the SPCA of Texas’ Russell H. Perry Animal Care Center at 8411 Stacy Road, and is offered to kids between the ages of 8-11 years of age.

Sessions fill up quickly, so be sure to register online at www.spca.org/springcamp

Campers will learn the basics of animal care from our professional staff, hear about how our rescue team works to stop animal cruelty, have the opportunity to pet and play with our shelter animals and discuss important values such as kindness and love. They’ll find out what they can do to help pets in their own neighborhoods. This year’s camp will also feature exciting talks with the FBI and the Texas Humane Legislation Network, as well as a performance by TC and her dancing agility dogs. Best of all, they’ll meet new friends both two-legged and four-legged!

WHEN:   March 10-12, 2014 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

WHERE: SPCA of Texas’ Russell H. Perry Animal Care Center
                  8411 Stacy Road
                  McKinney, TX 75070

COST:    $160 per camper
Campers must bring a sack lunch from home each day and wear sturdy play clothes.

HOW:     Registration is available online at www.spca.org/springcamp

SPCA of Texas Offers Pet Grief Counseling Program
2/25/2014

Innovative Program Helps Pet Owners Through Grieving Process

WHAT: The SPCA of Texas’ Pet Grief Counseling Program, designed to help those who are grieving the loss of a beloved companion animal, meets at 1 p.m. the first Saturday of every month at the SPCA of Texas’ Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center in Dallas. The next meeting, free and open to the public, is on Saturday, March 1.
 
Diane Pomerance, Ph.D., a SPCA of Texas volunteer and certified Grief Recovery Specialist, along with trained volunteers, administer the program incorporating grief support groups, one-on-one counseling, telephone counseling, volunteer education and training and more in a safe and supportive environment.

Twelve years ago when the program launched, there were very few (if any) resources in the Metroplex that could help someone adjust to the loss of a dearly loved pet. Dr. Pomerance developed this flagship program with the SPCA of Texas in response to that need.

There are countless pet owners who find it extremely difficult to cope with the loss of a pet. This program fulfills the needs of those who need to "work through" their loss with the help of specially trained and compassionate volunteer counselors and others who grieve the loss of their pet.

Services include telephone counseling, one-on-one counseling and group counseling.

WHERE:  SPCA of Texas’ Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center
2400 Lone Star Drive
Dallas, TX 75212
Conference room
FREE, open to the public

WHEN: Saturday, March 1 at 1 p.m.
First Saturday of each month at 1 p.m.

MORE INFO:
 www.spca.org or 214-742-SPCA (7722)
Pet Grief Helpline: 214-461-5131 (all messages are returned within 24 hours)

WHY:
Pets are members of the family, constant companions, teachers, gentle leaders and special friends. They deserve our utmost respect because that is what they offer us with no strings attached. Dogs and cats teach adults and children alike about the meanings of empathy, compassion, responsibility, unconditional love and self-worth.

While grief is the normal, healthy and natural response to loss, the Pet Grief Counseling program encourages grievers to dispel common myths and misinformation, identify and express their feelings of loss in a safe and supportive environment, and participate in a series of exercises that guide them through the processes of awareness, acceptance, resolution, action, recovery and moving beyond the need for counseling.


The death of a pet can bring with it many of the same intense, painful, profound feelings associated with the loss of a beloved human being.       

SPCA of Texas Celebrates National Pet Dental Health Month
2/18/2014

Offers Clinic Specials throughout the Month of February

WHAT: In celebration of National Pet Dental Health Month, the SPCA of Texas is offering specials at its clinics in Dallas and McKinney. Throughout the month of February, pets can receive a free toothbrush with each full exam, as well as 10 percent off of all dental product purchases and 10 percent off of dental services. To receive 10 percent off of dental services, clients will need to schedule their pet’s appointment by the end of February.   

WHEN:  Applies to appointments made throughout the month of February.

WHERE: Myron K. Martin Spay/Neuter & Wellness Clinic
  2400 Lone Star Drive
  Dallas, TX 75212

  Mary Spencer Spay/Neuter & Wellness Clinic at Village Fair
  4830 Village Fair Dr. 
  Dallas, TX 75224 

  Russell H. Perry Spay/Neuter & Wellness Clinic
  8411 Stacy Road
  McKinney, TX 75050

WHY: Like humans, pets require regular dental care, too. The SPCA of Texas recommends that pets have their teeth brushed daily or as recommended by their pets’ veterinarian to remove any tartar or bacteria they may have in their mouth. If your pet does not like having their teeth brushed, there are several foods and treats that are designed to clean pet’s teeth while they eat. For more information regarding this special or to make an appointment at any of the SPCA of Texas’ clinics, please visit www.spca.org or call 214-742-SPCA (7722).

SPCA of Texas Joins SLANT 45 in Mission to Promote Volunteerism for Students
2/12/2014

Offers Free Program that Inspires Youth to Improve their Communities in Creative and Meaningful Ways

WHAT: In an effort to promote volunteerism at an early age, the SPCA of Texas will again participate in the SLANT (Service Learning Adventures in North Texas) 45 program, a student-led service-learning initiative that inspires youth to improve their communities in creative and meaningful ways. Through the program, students ranging in grades 3rd through 8th can register to be a part of either the SPCA of Texas team or create their own team under the SPCA of Texas to donate their time by making toys and beds for both dogs and cats.

WHEN: The deadline to enroll is on March 1; the deadline to complete SLANT 45 projects at the SPCA of Texas is on March 19.

WHERE: Students and coaches can register by calling Humane Educator, Terri Hooks at 214-461-1811, or by emailing her at thooks@spca.org.

COST: Free!

WHY: As a part of the SLANT 45 program, students will learn about the importance of volunteering, as well as develop skills like problem-solving, collaboration, curiosity and resilience. Additionally, each team will receive free student journals, SLANT 45 t-shirts, two vouchers per student participant for free tickets to Bracket Town fan fest and admission to the Reese’s College All-Star Game and SLANT Celebration at the AT&T Stadium on Friday, April 4.

This Valentine’s Day, Don’t Say “I Love You” with Chocolate
2/4/2014

The SPCA of Texas Reminds Public that Chocolate Can Be Poisonous to Pets

There has long been a love affair between people and chocolate, especially on Valentine’s Day. But just because it may soothe life’s little bumps or win over one’s sweetheart, that doesn’t mean that Buddy or Whiskers can eat it.

The SPCA of Texas reminds pet lovers that chocolate is dangerous. Chocolate contains a xanthine compound called theobromine that is toxic to dogs and cats in sufficient quantities, and semi-sweet and baking chocolate are even more dangerous to pets than milk chocolate because they contain higher levels of theobromine.

Chocolate toxicity can cause excitability, irritability, increased heart rate, restlessness, increased urination, vomiting and muscular tremors or tenseness in pets. In severe cases, seizures, cardiac arrest or even death can occur. The severity of the response depends on the size of the animal, the amount and kind of chocolate eaten and when it was eaten.

Only one-half of an ounce of semi-sweet or baking chocolate can be fatal in small dogs and cats. That’s two to three ounces for medium dogs and eight ounces for large dogs. For milk chocolate, a small amount may not cause death but it can make pets very ill.

If you suspect chocolate poisoning and your dog or cat is showing signs of the problem, contact your veterinarian or emergency clinic immediately.

Instead of sharing your chocolate, show your pet how much you love him or her this Valentine’s Day in one of the following ways:

  • Purchase new toys and treats for your pet.
  • Spend more time with your pet.
  • Exercise and socialize your pet.
  • Enroll your dog in obedience training. See Pet University at www.spca.org/petuniversity for more details!
  • Make sure your pets are spayed and neutered. Make an appointment today at www.spca.org/spay.
  • Make sure your pets are up to date on their vaccinations. Call 214-742-SPCA (7722) to make an appointment.
Paws Cause 2014: Tails of the West
1/14/2014

Event to be Held Sunday, February 23 at Sambuca in Uptown Dallas to Benefit the SPCA of Texas’ Mary Spencer Spay/Neuter & Wellness Clinic at Village Fair.

Paws Cause 2014 Raffle Tickets Now Available for Purchase Online

WHAT:              Get ready to strap on your spurs and take a trip back to the Old West for Paws Cause 2014! And it is all to help Dallas become a more compassionate community, where every adoptable animal has a loving home. This rootin’ tootin’, fun-filled event—to be held Sunday, February 23 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Sambuca in Uptown Dallas—will feature delicious food, famous cocktails, fantastic entertainment and an irresistible silent auction. Purchase tickets today at www.spca.org/pawscause2014.

Ticket prices are $150 per ticket or $200 for a patron-level ticket. All money raised through Paws Cause 2014 will go directly to the SPCA of Texas’ Mary Spencer Spay/Neuter and Wellness Clinic at Village Fair to help provide more than 12,000 free and low-cost spay/neuter surgeries and 15,000 health and wellness treatments in 2014.

The annual event will feature a silent auction, raffle and the ever-popular Bone Appetit restaurant raffle. Raffle tickets, featuring fabulous items such as a spa day, a travel gift card, NorthPark Gold Coins, high end home décor, gourmet dining gift certificates and fine wine and Champagne, are available for $20 each or all six for $100, and can be purchased at www.spca.org/pawscause. Attire is casual, and valet parking will be available.

Sponsors for Paws Cause 2014 include: Best of the West Sponsor Russell Dealey; Sheriff Sponsors Wendy and Joe Luby, Mary Spencer and Cheryl & Sam Wyly; Deputy Sponsors Diane and Hal Brierley, Gwen and Leldon Echols, Holly Forsythe, Marsha Pendleton-Gray and Richard Gray, Monica Greene, Skip and Mary Trimble, Sandra Urie and Frank Herron; Cowboy Sponsors Margaret Bryant and Dr. Terri Walker, Renee and Hill A. Feinberg, Stacey and Don Kivowitz, Quilling, Selander, Lownds, Winslett & Moser, PC, Angela M. Thompson and Trinity Industries, Inc.; and Wild West Sponsors Arthur Benjamin/American Dog Rescue, John Bergner and Chuck Stewart, Nancy and Gene Carter, Jared Clarke/Forza Resources, LLC, Mary V. and Ted Davis, Hillary Hurst & Mark Schwarz, Molly and Charles Kitch, Jack Knox, Ann and Guy Marcus, Katy Murray, Pam Ragon, Gigi and Roy Salley, Law Office of Claire Collins Schwarz and Patricia and Ray Smerge.

Join us on the trail as we celebrate and give thanks to all our like-minded, compassionate animal lovers in the Metroplex.

WHEN:             Sunday, February 23

6 p.m. - 9 p.m.

WHERE:           Sambuca Restaurant, Uptown Dallas

2120 McKinney Avenue
Dallas, TX 75201

HOW:               www.spca.org/pawscause  

MORE INFO:    This year’s Paws Cause party will take place Sunday, February 23, at the popular Uptown hotspot, Sambuca Restaurant, which is known for delicious food, signature drinks and live music.

 Paws Cause 2014 is shaping up to be most successful event so far, thanks to Honorary Chair, Holly Forsythe and the 2014 Paws Cause Event Chairs, Whitney Keltch, Wynne McNabb Cunningham, Erin Seeds Ray and Gemma Galeoto. The compassionate, mission-minded volunteers of Paws Cause have been assisting the SPCA of Texas for a total of more than 25 years, and their work has saved thousands of lives.

The money raised through the community’s generosity helps the SPCA of Texas’ Village Fair Clinic to provide more than 12,000 free and low cost pet surgeries in South Dallas each year, as well as 15,000 vaccinations and other treatments.

 Animal overpopulation is one of the most urgent problems facing the Dallas Metroplex. By supporting the Mary Spencer Spay/Neuter and Wellness Clinic at Village Fair over the years, Paws Cause helps ensure the continuation of the services so necessary to combat this problem. Paws Cause supports the clinic’s efforts to reduce the number of unwanted animals and assist people in caring for their beloved pets.

 Hop on the cattle drive for Paws Cause 2014: Tails of the West. You can purchase tickets and raffle tickets online at www.spca.org/pawscause. Tickets are limited, so purchase yours today.

About Paws Cause

Paws Cause is a group of wonderful volunteers who raise funds to support the SPCA of Texas’ Spay/Neuter and Wellness Clinic at Village Fair in South Dallas, which serves more than 20,000 pets each year. Last year, Paws Cause raised more than $200,000 to provide affordable spay/neuter surgeries to combat the heartbreaking problem of unwanted litters. You can “lend a paw” to this important effort by purchasing raffle tickets and attending the fabulous party and auction in February.

SPCA of Texas

The SPCA of Texas is the leading animal welfare agency in North Texas. The non-profit organization operates two shelters and three spay/neuter clinics located in Dallas and McKinney, and maintains a team of five animal cruelty investigators to respond to thousands of calls in eight North Texas counties. Moreover, the SPCA of Texas serves as an active resource center for an array of services that bring people and animals together to enrich each other’s lives.

The SPCA of Texas is not affiliated with any other entity and does not receive general operating funds from the City of Dallas, State of Texas, federal government or any other humane organization. The SPCA of Texas is dedicated to providing every animal exceptional care and a loving home. For additional information about the SPCA of Texas, visit www.spca.org.

SPCA of Texas Offers Pet Grief Counseling Program
1/2/2014

Innovative Program Helps Pet Owners Through Grieving Process

 

WHAT: The SPCA of Texas’ Pet Grief Counseling Program, designed to help those who are grieving the loss of a beloved companion animal, meets at 1 p.m. the first Saturday of every month at the SPCA of Texas’ Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center in Dallas. The next meeting, free and open to the public, in on Saturday, January 4
 
Diane Pomerance, Ph.D., a SPCA of Texas volunteer and certified Grief Recovery Specialist, along with trained volunteers, administer the program incorporating grief support groups, one-on-one counseling, telephone counseling, volunteer education and training and more in a safe and supportive environment.

Twelve years ago when the program launched, there were very few (if any) resources in the Metroplex that could help someone adjust to the loss of a dearly loved pet. Dr. Pomerance developed this flagship program with the SPCA of Texas in response to that need.

There are countless pet owners who find it extremely difficult to cope with the loss of a pet. This program fulfills the needs of those who need to "work through" their loss with the help of specially trained and compassionate volunteer counselors and others who grieve the loss of their pet.

Services include telephone counseling, one-on-one counseling and group counseling.

WHERE:  SPCA of Texas’ Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center
2400 Lone Star Drive
Dallas, TX 75212
Conference room
FREE, open to the public

WHEN: Saturday, January 4 at 1 p.m.
First Saturday of each month at 1 p.m.

MORE INFO:
 www.spca.org or 214-742-SPCA (7722)
Pet Grief Helpline: 214-461-5131 (all messages are returned within 24 hours)

WHY:
Pets are members of the family, constant companions, teachers, gentle leaders and special friends. They deserve our utmost respect because that is what they offer us with no strings attached. Dogs and cats teach adults and children alike about the meanings of empathy, compassion, responsibility, unconditional love and self-worth.

While grief is the normal, healthy and natural response to loss, the Pet Grief Counseling program encourages grievers to dispel common myths and misinformation, identify and express their feelings of loss in a safe and supportive environment, and participate in a series of exercises that guide them through the processes of awareness, acceptance, resolution, action, recovery and moving beyond the need for counseling.

The death of a pet can bring with it many of the same intense, painful, profound feelings associated with the loss of a beloved human being.

 

This New Year, Make the Resolution You Can Keep
1/1/2014

The SPCA of Texas Offers Tips to Keep Pets Healthy and Happy

(DALLAS, TX/McKINNEY, TX); January 1, 2014—As you begin to draft this year's list of New Year's Resolutions, don't forget about you're four-legged family members and what they need to stay happy and healthy all year long. If you are thinking about adding a new member to your family this year, come to the SPCA of Texas and give one of our four-legged friends a loving, forever home for years to come!

 The SPCA of Texas recommends the following tips to keep pets happy and healthy throughout 2014:

  • Be sure pets are indoors and have a safe place to rest away from loud noises such as fireworks, singing and other celebratory activities.
  • If you are hosting a New Year’s Eve celebration, keep in mind that protective pets may feel threatened by strangers coming into your home. Keep pets in a familiar place with lots of toys and soothing music to distract them from the doorbell.
  • Limit your pets’ time outside due to the cold weather. If you will be gone for the evening, consider letting your dog into his or her crate and keep the kitty in a familiar room with his or her litter box as an alternative.
  • Always be sure pets are wearing collars at all times with ID tags that are current and readable in case they do accidentally escape. Pet owners should also consider having their pets microchipped. If a pet loses their collar, this will help them get back home safely.
  • When making your New Year’s resolutions, consider your pets’ health as well ask your own. Commit to taking your dogs on daily walks to ensure both of you are exercising after all those holiday meals. This is a healthy and enjoyable way to spend some time bonding with your pets.
  • You vow to have a more balanced diet this year; shouldn’t you vow the same for your pet? Consider changing your pets’ food to a healthier blend without fillers like corn, wheat or by-products. This will really improve their health, well-being, energy level, and behavior.
  • If your pets are having some behavioral concerns, call the SPCA of Texas and ask our Behavior Department for help or sign up for a group class or private lessons. An unruly pet can make for many stresses at home, but obedience training will help you and your pets to understand each other’s needs and desires and make life more enjoyable together.
  • Spay or neuter your pets to improve their health and behavior and to prevent future medical issues. Most importantly, by spaying or neutering your pets, you are helping to prevent millions of unwanted litters of puppies and kittens who will likely end up in shelters nationwide.
  • Be sure your pets are current on all their vaccinations to help prevent illness and the spread of disease.
  • If your dog is not on heartworm preventive, make sure to have him or her tested for heartworms every six months to a year. Begin giving your dog a monthly heartworm preventative immediately. 

For more information on the SPCA of Texas, please visit spca.org or call 214-742-SPCA (7722).

SPCA of Texas Celebrates One Millionth Clinic Procedure at the Close of Its 75th Anniversary
12/31/2013

WHAT:  The SPCA of Texas celebrated its one millionth clinic procedure at 2 p.m. on Monday, December 30th at its Myron K. Martin Spay/Neuter and Wellness Clinic in West Dallas by surprising one four-legged client with cheers from staff, balloons and a complimentary visit to mark the occasion.

               To view photos and video of the event, visit http://www.dropbox.com/sh/6hb2d47ic2glbs8/0Vw1JZIc9z. To view the video on YouTube, visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iMoJtFjS-cQ.

              Angie Estrada and her brother Ernesto Castillo brought their dog Popis, a regular patient at the Martin Clinic, for a nail trim. They were surprised and happy that their little one received the SPCA of Texas' one millionth clinic procedure.

              "We're excited that she's here and that she was able to take part in it," said Estrada. "We just wish the SPCA of Texas lots of good luck and for them to be able to hlep a lot more pets."

               By combing through its archives, other records and historical documents, the organization estimates that its one millionth procedure is happening by the end of 2013, and had chosen that day to celebrate this milestone. The organization has provided low-cost, high quality spay and neuter surgeries, vaccinations and an array of wellness care to hundreds of thousands of pets in its 75 year history, and looks forward to 75 more years of providing care, love and hope to animals in North Texas.

              The SPCA of Texas also estimates that it has found homes for more than 300,000 pets since its incorporation in September of 1938.

              To celebrate the 75th Anniversary in 2013, the SPCA of Texas has held a year-long series of events, educational activities and awareness campaigns to tell its story, make North Texans aware of its life-saving services and enlist the entire community in helping  the group change the world for animals.            

WHY:    For 75 years, the SPCA of Texas has served animals and people as the leading animal welfare agency in North Texas. On September 22, 1938, Emilie Schuyler and a group of prominent Dallas citizens obtained a state charter of incorporation. This officially makes the SPCA of Texas, then known as the Dallas Animal Protective League, the oldest and largest animal welfare agency in North Texas.

Widely known for offering hundreds of adoptable pets seven days a week at two shelters in Dallas and McKinney, and for its Rescue & Investigations efforts in eight counties surrounding the Metroplex, the SPCA of Texas also offers low-cost, high quality spay/neuter surgeries and veterinary wellness care to the pets of people who could otherwise not afford those services that are so key to pets’ health and happiness. Just last year, the SPCA of Texas found homes for more than 6,000 pets, rescued 768 animals from abuse and served more than 34,000 pets at three spay/neuter and wellness clinics.

For the last seven decades, the SPCA of Texas’ commitment to the animals has remained its guiding light. Today, as ever, the organization is dedicated to providing every animal exceptional care and a loving home.

 
Keep Your Pets Safe throughout the Holiday Season
12/19/2013

SPCA of Texas Offers Tips to keep Pets Healthy and Happy During the
Holidays

The holiday season is a joyous time for family and friends to get together over delicious meals and happy celebrations that make for lasting memories. But certain things people enjoy so much this time of year can be dangerous for pets.

The SPCA of Texas recommends these tips to make your pets’ holiday season fun and safe:

  • Certain foods can be fatal. Alcoholic beverages and coffee are exceptionally dangerous, as are onions, salt, yeast, fatty foods, macadamia nuts, and chocolate.  Keep pets out of the trashcan, too--spoiled and moldy foods can also cause digestive problems.
  • Keep poisonous plants out of reach or in areas where pets aren't free to wander. These include lilies, which can cause kidney failure in cats; poinsettias and holly, which can cause vomiting and diarrhea; and mistletoe, which can cause cardiovascular problems and gastrointestinal upset.
  • Keep the water in your Christmas tree stand covered. Tree water is often infested with fertilized, bacteria and other harmful elements.
  • Make sure candles and other unprotected flames are not within your pets' reach. Spilled wax can cause burns if a curious cat or dog bumps into some, and a flickering flame beg to be sniffed, pawed at and knocked over.
  • Christmas trees themselves can be hazardous--kittens can become entangled in tinsel and ribbon, and broken ornaments can be hazardous to delicate paws
  • Be sure pets are indoors and have a safe place to rest away from loud noises such as fireworks, singing and other celebratory activities.
  • If you are hosting a New Year’s Eve celebration, keep in mind that protective pets may feel threatened by strangers coming into your home. Keep pets in a familiar place with lots of toys and soothing music to distract them from the doorbell.
  • Limit your pets’ time outside due to the cold weather. If you will be gone for the evening, consider letting your dog into his or her crate and keep the kitty in a familiar room with his or her litter box as an alternative.
  • Always be sure pets are wearing collars at all times with ID tags that are current and readable in case they do accidentally escape. Pet owners should also consider having their pets microchipped, as this will help them get back home safely.

For more information on the SPCA of Texas, please visit spca.org or call 214-742-SPCA (7722).

SPCA of Texas Offers $5 Pet Vaccinations at South Dallas Clinic on December 15
12/11/2013

 

Group Will Also Schedule Free Spay/Neuter Surgery Appointments

WHAT: In an effort to provide an easy and affordable way for the community to help curb the spread of common and highly contagious illnesses in pets and reduce the number of strays and unwanted pets,the SPCA of Texas will host a low-cost pet vaccination clinicthis Sunday, December 15 from noon to 4 p.m. at the Spay/Neuter and Wellness Clinic at Village Fair.

Additionally, the low-cost vaccination clinic will be offered on the third Sunday of each month through the end of the year. 

Vaccinations will be $5 each for Bordetella, FVRCP, Distemper Combo for dogs and cats and Rabies. Pet owners can also have their pets microchipped for $10 each. Heartworm preventive and flea control will be available for purchase as well.

Pet owners can also make an appointment that day for a free spay or neuter surgery at any one of the SPCA of Texas’ three DFW-are spay/neuter clinics. Pet owners who make an appointment to have their pet spayed or neutered will also receive a free heartworm test.

The SPCA of Texas is grateful to the Colleen Baggarly Fund for making this low-cost vaccination clinic possible, as well as the generous support of those who have purchased an “animal friendly” Texas license plate. 

WHEN:    Sunday, December 15, 2013
   Third Sunday of each month through December

   Noon to 4 p.m.

WHERE:  Spay/Neuter & Wellness Clinic at Village Fair
                 4830 Village Fair Dr. 
                 Dallas, TX 75224 

WHY: Spaying, neutering and vaccinating pets saves lives by preventing unwanted litters, keeping thousands of animals off the mean streets and stopping the spread of dangerous illnesses like Parvo and Distemper.

Having pets spayed and neutered is the most important way to prevent pet overpopulation and ensuring animals live happy, healthy lives in loving homes by decreasing roaming tendencies, aggression and preventing certain forms of cancer in pets. And vaccinating them ensures that their immune systems can protect them from dangerous and life-threatening viruses and bacteria. Texas law also requires Rabies vaccinations. Further, veterinary wellness care is a critical component of preventative care for cats and dogs.

The SPCA of Texas Offers Pet Safety Tips for Inclement Weather
12/6/2013

(DALLAS, TX/McKINNEY, TX); December 5, 2013As severe winter weather threatens the Metroplex, the SPCA of Texas reminds pet owners to protect their pets from the cold. The SPCA of Texas does not encourage people to leave their pets outside full time, but urges pet owners who do keep their pets outdoors to follow these guidelines:

  • During times of extreme low temperatures, all pets should be brought inside. A good rule of thumb is that if you're cold outside, your pet will be, too. Wet and cold weather can lead to hypothermia or pneumonia in animals. Be especially cautious with very young or very old animals, because they are more susceptible to suffering medical issues due to the cold.
  • The SPCA of Texas never recommends leaving pets outside full time; however, if pets must stay outside for extended periods of time, always provide an appropriate shelter. A dog's house should be dry, well insulated and retain heat. It should also be made up of three sides, a roof and a floor. The house should be elevated and the entrance pointed away from wind.  
  • Pet owners often innocently assume their pets can withstand the cold weather with the aid of their thick coats; however, this is not always the case. Indoor dogs shed their undercoats and should never be made to stay outside for extended periods of time. Never shave your pets down to the skin in the winter; leave their coats long for more warmth. And when you bathe your pets, completely dry their coats before letting them go outdoors.
  • Monitor the time your pets spend outdoors and be sure they always have fresh water to drink. Outdoor dogs need more calories in the winter to produce body heat, so increase the amount you feed your pets if they stay outdoors for long periods of time.
  • Salt, antifreeze and other chemicals could hurt your pets if they ingest them while licking their paws, so be sure to wipe your pets' paws and legs clean with a wet cloth after an outing. Chemicals used to melt snow and ice can irritate paws and could potentially lead to frostbite, cuts or cracks. 
  • Before starting your car, check to make sure there are no animals hiding in the exhaust pipe or under your tires. Cats and small animals may seek shelter near or under your car so be sure to look carefully and honk the horn before turning on the engine.
  • Never leave your dog or cat alone in a car during cold weather. A car can act as a refrigerator in the winter, holding in the cold, and the animal could freeze to death.

Keep you pets happy and healthy all year 'round by having them spayed or neutered, vaccinated and microchipped, and keep a collar with updated tags on them at all times.

SPCA of Texas Clinics Host “Neuter Scooter for a Nickel” on December 4
12/2/2013

Offers Male Cat Sterilization for Five Cents 

WHAT: In an aggressive effort to curb pet overpopulation, the SPCA of Texas' Spay/Neuter and Wellness Clinic at Village Fair and the Russell H. Perry Spay/Neuter Clinic in McKinney will be hosting “Neuter Scooter for a Nickel.” Thanks to the generous support of those who have purchased an “animal friendly” Texas license plate, the SPCA of Texas invites cat owners to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to have their male cats fixed for just five cents.

WHEN/WHERE: The SPCA of Texas Spay/Neuter and Wellness Clinic at Village Fair in South Dallas and the Russell H. Perry Spay/Neuter Clinic in McKinney will neuter male cats for just a nickel on December 4. Cat owners must make an appointment and bring proof of vaccinations, or vaccines (rabies and/or FVRCP) will be administered at an additional charge on the day of the appointment. All cats must be in carriers.
 
Appointments are required.  To make an appointment, please call 214-742-SPCA(7722).

      * Spay/Neuter & Wellness Clinic at Village Fair
        4830 Village Fair Dr. 
        Dallas, TX 75224 

      * Russell H. Perry Spay/Neuter Clinic
        8411 Stacy Road 
        McKinney, TX 75070 

 —Cat drop-offs at 7:30 a.m.; pick up at 3 p.m.

WHY: Spaying and neutering results in the prevention of millions of unwanted births. Neutering also reduces a cat's chances of developing testicular cancer, diminishes roaming tendencies and decreases the urge to mark territory by spraying. If left intact, two unaltered cats can produce more than 80 million cats over a 10-year period, and one male cat can sire an unlimited number of kittens in his lifetime.

Don’t Give Your Pet the Bird!
11/26/2013

The SPCA of Texas Offers Holiday Safety Tips for Pets

The holiday season is a joyous time for family and friends to get together over delicious meals and happy celebrations that make for lasting memories. But certain things people enjoy so much this time of year can be dangerous for pets.

The SPCA of Texas recommends these tips to make your pets’ holiday season fun and safe:

  • Take caution during meal time, and do not feed pets bones from any type of fowl. Bones from traditional holiday fare such as cooked turkey, goose, chicken or duck are extremely dangerous, as they can splinter and puncture internal organs or choke an animal to death. To be extra safe, keep a lid on trash containers.
  • Protect your dog or cat from foods that are too high in fat for them, or chocolate that your dog or cat shouldn't have. Other foods -- such as onions, grapes, alcohol and coffee -- can cause anything from a bad tummy ache to choking to poisoning.
  • After eating all those delicious holiday meals, take regular walks with your pets to keep them (and you) happy and healthy.
  • The holidays can be a very busy time for many families so make your pets feel extra special by scheduling play dates with their favorite friends or take them to your local dog park so they can enjoy the cool, crisp weather.
  • Whether from candles or from the fireplace, a fire can be a serious hazard to your pet. Keep candles up high and put a screen over the fireplace.
  • For the benefit of your guests, remind them that you have a pet, especially if your pet is a “door dasher.” 
  • Make sure your pets are spayed or neutered, and keep updated tags on your pets at all times. The SPCA of Texas also recommends having your pets microchipped to help them find their way home. To make an appointment to have your pet spayed or neutered, or to get them up-to-date on vaccinations, please call the SPCA of Texas at 214-742-SPCA any time between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

For more information, visit the SPCA of Texas on the web at www.spca.org or call 214-742-SPCA (7722).

 

SPCA of Texas Kicks off the Holidays with “Santa Paws” Event
11/25/2013

Celebrates the Season with Santa Claus Photo Booth, Free Treats and More

WHAT:  The SPCA of Texas invites the entire family, including two-legged and four-legged family members, out to celebrate the holidays from noon to 3 p.m. at its Russell H. Perry Animal Care Center, 8411 Stacy Road in  McKinney.

 This fun, free event will feature games, kids crafts, stocking stuffers for the kids, a caricature artist, fabulous door prizes, free hot apple cider and hot cocoa, free cookies provided by George 350, holiday decorations, and a photo booth with Santa Claus for people and pets. 

WHEN:   Sunday, December 8
               Noon to 3 p.m.

WHERE:  SPCA of Texas’ Russell H. Perry Animal Care Center     
    8411 Stacy Road
    McKinney, TX 75070

COST:   Free!

WHY:   For 75 years, the SPCA of Texas has served animals and people as the leading animal welfare agency in North Texas. Widely known for offering hundreds of adoptable pets seven days a week at two shelters in Dallas and McKinney, and for its Rescue & Investigations efforts in eight counties surrounding the Metroplex, the SPCA of Texas also offers low-cost, high quality spay/neuter surgeries and veterinary wellness care to the pets of people who could otherwise not afford those services that are so key to pets’ health and happiness. Just last year, the SPCA of Texas found homes for more than 6,000 pets, rescued 768 animals from abuse and served more than 34,000 pets at three spay/neuter and wellness clinics.

The SPCA of Texas Partners with NorthPark Center for the 23rd Annual Adoption Pavilion
11/20/2013

Home Away from Home to Help Pets Find a “Home for the Holidays”

WHAT: The SPCA of Texas and NorthPark Center team up this holiday season for the 23rd annual pet adoption pavilion. The SPCA of Texas is thrilled to announce NorthPark Center as the temporary home for hundreds of SPCA of Texas’ adoptable dogs and cats who are hoping for forever families this holiday season. The SPCA of Texas’ Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center located in West Dallas will also be open for adoptions in order to serve even more pets and families who are looking for love. The Russell H. Perry Animal Care Center in McKinney and all three SPCA of Texas clinics will operate as usual.

WHEN: The SPCA of Texas’ adoption pavilion at NorthPark Center will begin November 29, 2013 and go through December 23, 2013. The Adoption pavilion will be open from Noon to 6 p.m. Sunday through Friday, and from Noon to 7 p.m. on Saturdays.

WHERE: The adoption pavilion at NorthPark Center will be located in the main entrance hallway between Macy’s and Dillard’s, by Victoria’s Secret, near Santa Claus. Come visit the SPCA of Texas’ Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center located at 2400 Lone Star Drive in Dallas to meet even more pets who are dreaming of loving homes. NorthPark Center is located at 8080 North Central Expressway in Dallas, Texas.

WHY: For more than two decades, the SPCA of Texas has partnered with NorthPark Center for what continues to be the most successful adoption event of the year. Every year, hundreds of homeless dogs and cats find their loyal, loving families at NorthPark Center, and this year, we expect the same result.

HOW: Come to NorthPark Center and visit all the SPCA of Texas’ adoptable pets. Hundreds of lovable, healthy, happy dogs and cats are waiting for their new families to come take them home for the holidays. Please visit www.spca.org for more information. To view adoptable pets, please visit www.spca.org/findapet.

SPCA of Texas Seizes 16 Cruelly Treated Dogs from Gregg County Property
11/14/2013

Paraphernalia Consistent with Dog Fighting Found on the Property

(GREGG COUNTY, TX); November 13, 2013 –On Tuesday, under the authority of the Gregg Sheriff’s Office, the SPCA of Texas seized 16 cruelly treated dogs from a property in Gregg County.

The dogs are very thin, and many have lacerations and scars on their bodies. Additionally, the property contained items that are consistent with dog fighting.

On Tuesday, November 12, the Gregg County Sheriff’s Office contacted the SPCA of Texas about several cruelly treated dogs on a property in Gregg County. The SPCA of Texas Rescue and Investigations team visited the property that day and saw 16 dogs chained up to the ground, which is in violation of the Texas Health and Safety Code. The SPCA of Texas and Gregg County Sheriff’s Office concurred that it was in the animal’s best interest to remove the animals, and the Gregg County Sheriff’s Office sought a seizure warrant.

Due to the dogs’ condition, the SPCA of Texas and the Gregg County Sheriff’s Office concurred that the animals needed to be removed from the property and the SPCA of Texas transported the dogs to an undisclosed location until the custody hearing.

The custody hearing will be held on Thursday, November 21 at 1:45 p.m. at the Courthouse located at 1098 E. Commerce Street, Gladewater, TX 75647, Justice of the Peace, Pct. 3, the Honorable Talyna Carlson presiding.

SPCA of Texas Joins National Association of the Remodeling Industry for Second Annual “Home for the Holidays” Event at NorthPark Center
11/13/2013

WHAT:  The SPCA of Texas will be joining forces with the National Association of the Remodeling Industry - Greater Dallas and other community organizations for the second annual “Home for the Holidays” campaign featuring custom dog houses at NorthPark Center. The dog houses will be raffled for $5 a piece or five raffle tickets for $20. The drawing will be held at the close of the event, and one of the dog houses will be named “Top Dog” as the most popular based on ticket sales. Event proceeds will benefit the SPCA of Texas’ 2013 efforts to rescue, heal and find homes for thousands of animals in North Texas.

For 75 years, abused and neglected animals have received a second chance through the SPCA of Texas. When pet owners purchase a chance to win one of the nine custom 2013 “Home for the Holidays” Luxury Dog Houses, they will help thousands of animals find their own loving homes. All nine of the cleverly designed dog houses, which have all been donated by local remodeling contractors, will be at NorthPark Center between November 14 and December 8, where raffle tickets will also be available.

The SPCA of Texas is grateful to NorthPark Center and the members of the National Association of Remodeling Industry (NARI) for their generous support, creativity and friendship.

WHEN:   Thursday, November 14 through Sunday, December 8
                
WHERE: NorthPark Center
                8687 N. Central Expressway
                Dallas, TX 75225

COST:  The dog houses will be raffled for $5 a piece or five raffle tickets for $20. Tickets can also be purchased online at spca.org/homefortheholidays.

MORE: To learn more about the SPCA of Texas, please visit spca.org.

SPCA of Texas Hosts “The Compassionate Family: A Discussion for Parents and Children” Saturday, November 16
11/7/2013

WHAT: The SPCA of Texas invites families to celebrate the human-animal bond and promote compassion for animals among adults and children alike. Led by Diane Pomerance, Ph.D., the program will feature topics such as the importance of showing compassion to the entire family, how pets are an important part of human life, how individuals have dealt with the loss of a pet and more.

Diane Pomerance, Ph.D., a SPCA of Texas volunteer and certified Grief Recovery Specialist, along with trained volunteers, administer the program incorporating grief support groups, one-on-one counseling, telephone counseling, volunteer education and training and more in a safe and supportive environment.

Twelve years ago when the SPCA of Texas’ Pet Grief Counseling program launched, there were very few (if any) resources in the Metroplex that could help someone adjust to the loss of a dearly loved pet. Dr. Pomerance developed this flagship program with the SPCA of Texas in response to that need.

WHERE:  SPCA of Texas’ Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center
    2400 Lone Star Drive
    Dallas, TX 75212
    Conference room
    FREE, open to the public

WHEN: Saturday, November 16
1-3 p.m.

RSVP:egarcia@spca.org, or 214-461-1812

WHY: Pets are members of the family, constant companions, teachers, gentle leaders and special friends. They deserve our utmost respect because that is what they offer us with no strings attached. Dogs and cats teach adults and children alike about the meanings of empathy, compassion, responsibility, unconditional love and self-worth. This program will bring families together to learn the importance of compassion and how it relates to their whole family, including their pets.

Marvelous MEWvember: SPCA of Texas Offers 50% Off of All Cats and Kittens This Weekend Only
10/31/2013

WHAT:   The SPCA of Texas currently has 125 cats and kittens awaiting a forever home. In order to make space to save more incoming cats and kittens, the SPCA of Texas is offering 50% off adoption fees for all its cats and kittens on Friday, November 1; Saturday, November 2; and Sunday, November 3 at the Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center at 2400 Lone Star Drive in Dallas and the Russell H. Perry Animal Care Center at 8411 Stacy Rd. in McKinney. These shelters are open seven days a week from noon to 6 p.m.

Cats make wonderful pets because they are calm, clean, easy-going, independent and affectionate. Cats also make perfect companions for apartment dwellers, children and seniors. The SPCA of Texas asks potential cat owners to adopt a shelter cat and save a life. To view all of our pets available for adoption, please visit spca.org/findapet.

WHEN:     Friday, November 1 through Sunday, November 3
                 Noon to 6 p.m.  

WHERE: Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center
                2400 Lone Star Drive, Dallas, TX 75212

                Russell H. Perry Animal care Center
                8411 Stacy Rd., McKinney, TX 75070

COST:  Regular adoption prices for cats and kittens range from $50 to $95, which includes age-appropriate vaccinations (which can include Rabies and Distemper combination), 30 days of pet health insurance, deworming treatment, spay/neuter surgery, a rabies tag, a temporary pet tote made of heavy-duty cardboard and a microchip. Cats over 4 months of age are also given a feline Leukemia test.

MORE: To learn more about the SPCA of Texas, please visit spca.org.

Boo? Hiss! SPCA of Texas Issues Pet Safety Tips to Take the Scare out of Halloween
10/28/2013

(DALLAS, TX/MCKINNEY, TX); October 28, 2013—With all the gremlins, goblins and Grumpy Cats out on the prowl, the SPCA of Texas reminds pet owners to keep your pet’s safety in mind this Halloween.

The SPCA of Texas offers these helpful tips to ensure the whole family has a spooktacular Halloween this year.

 •    Don’t give any candy to your pets! Even a small amount of chocolate can be fatal.  Make sure that all Halloween treats are in a high place where pets cannot reach them. If pets consume chocolate or candy, contact your vet immediately.

•    Keep pets away from live flame decorations like candles and jack-o-lanterns, and restrict your pet’s access to hanging decorations such as streamers. Pets are curious and can become tangled or even choke if they chew on the decorations.

 •    Pets may be terrified by tiny gremlins carrying big, orange, pumpkins full of sugar… wouldn’t you? If you have a protective dog who might feel threatened by strangers, keep him or her away from the door when trick-or-treaters arrive. Keep pets in a familiar place with lots of toys and soothing music to distract them from the doorbell.

 •    Don’t let the family dog accompany the kids on their trick-or-treat outing. Although bringing your pooch may seem like a fun family outing, your pet would likely feel much safer and more comfortable in his or her own home away from all the Halloween festivities.

•    Make sure your pet’s Halloween costume includes a collar and identification tags, so you can be contacted if he or she does slip away during all the Halloween commotion. In addition to identification tags, ensure your pet is microchipped, too.

  •   And of course, if the thought of more homeless, unwanted dogs and cats scares you like it does the SPCA of Texas, always remember the importance of spaying and neutering your pets.

For more information, log on to www.spca.org or call 214-742-SPCA (7722).

SPCA of Texas Clinics Host “Neuter Scooter for a Nickel” on November 6
10/24/2013

SPCA of Texas Clinics Host
“Neuter Scooter for a Nickel” on November 6

Offers Male Cat Sterilization for Five Cents 

WHAT: In an aggressive effort to curb pet overpopulation, the SPCA of Texas' Spay/Neuter and Wellness Clinic at Village Fair and the Russell H. Perry Spay/Neuter Clinic in McKinney will be hosting “Neuter Scooter for a Nickel.” Thanks to the generous support of those who have purchased an “animal friendly” Texas license plate, the SPCA of Texas invites cat owners to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to have their male cats fixed for just five cents.

WHEN/WHERE: The SPCA of Texas Spay/Neuter and Wellness Clinic at Village Fair in South Dallas and the Russell H. Perry Spay/Neuter Clinic in McKinney will neuter male cats for just a nickel on November 6. Cat owners must make an appointment and bring proof of vaccinations, or vaccines (rabies and/or FVRCP) will be administered at an additional charge on the day of the appointment. All cats must be in carriers.
 
Appointments are required.  To make an appointment, please call 214-742-SPCA(7722).

      * Spay/Neuter & Wellness Clinic at Village Fair
        4830 Village Fair Dr. 
        Dallas, TX 75224 

      * Russell H. Perry Spay/Neuter Clinic
        8411 Stacy Road 
        McKinney, TX 75070 

 —Cat drop-offs at 7:30 a.m.; pick up at 3 p.m.

WHY: Spaying and neutering results in the prevention of millions of unwanted births. Neutering also reduces a cat's chances of developing testicular cancer, diminishes roaming tendencies and decreases the urge to mark territory by spraying. If left intact, two unaltered cats can produce more than 80 million cats over a 10-year period, and one male cat can sire an unlimited number of kittens in his lifetime.

 

 
 
 
 
SPCA of Texas Transfers 61 Dogs from the Humane Society of Tulsa after Two Commercial Breeders Close Operations in Oklahoma
10/18/2013

(McKINNEY, TX; DALLAS, TX) October 18, 2013 – This afternoon, the SPCA of Texas received 61 dogs transferred from the Humane Society of Tulsa after two commercial breeders closed their operations and surrendered their dogs to the organization. This transfer will free up space at the Humane Society of Tulsa so the group can make room for new animals in the future.

The Humane Society of Tulsa is, in turn, transferring ten rabbits from the SPCA of Texas with the goal of finding those rabbits loving homes in the Tulsa area. The SPCA of Texas still has 30 additional rabbits that were seized during a cruelty case several weeks ago. 

Last year, Oklahoma passed the Commercial Breeders Act,” Gina Gardner, president of Humane Society of Tulsa said. “It requires breeders with more than eleven females register with the Department of Agriculture, have annual inspections and pay annual license fees. Due to this new legislation, more and more breeders are choosing to simply close their operations.”

Dogs were transported to the SPCA of Texas’ Russell H. Perry Animal Care Center in McKinney and the SPCA of Texas’ Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center in Dallas. Breeds include Jack Russell Terriers, Shih Tzus, Lhasa Apsos, Boston Terriers, Dachshunds and Chihuahua/Pug mixes.

To view and download photos of this transfer, visit https://www.dropbox.com/sh/rl2p4n93n3ufusx/2ejS8tCUXm.

The Humane Society of Tulsa contacted the SPCA of Texas for support by providing the placement of these animals, many of whom were already spayed and neutered and had received veterinary care from the Humane Society of Tulsa.

“The SPCA of Texas asks the community to come forward and open their homes and their hearts to these animals and the hundreds already waiting for homes in the SPCA of Texas' two North Texas-area shelters,” James Bias, president of the SPCA of Texas said. “Further, the SPCA of Texas encourages people who have been considering adding a pet to their family to adopt and give these shelter animals a loving home. We're thankful to the Humane Society of Tulsa for welcoming ten of our rabbits in order to find those little ones homes in the Tulsa area.”

If now is not the best time to introduce a new best friend to the family, the SPCA of Texas encourages people to help by giving to the SPCA of Texas at www.spca.org/donate.

To learn more about the SPCA of Texas, to help the SPCA of Texas fund future efforts like this and to support the SPCA of Texas' other programs and services, please visit www.spca.org.

 

SPCA of Texas Offers $5 Pet Vaccinations at South Dallas Clinic on October 20
10/17/2013

Group Will Also Schedule Free Spay/Neuter Surgery Appointments

WHAT: In an effort to provide an easy and affordable way for the community to help curb the spread of common and highly contagious illnesses in pets and reduce the number of strays and unwanted pets,the SPCA of Texas will host a low-cost pet vaccination clinicthis Sunday, October 20 from noon to 4 p.m. at the Spay/Neuter and Wellness Clinic at Village Fair.

Additionally, the low-cost vaccination clinic will be offered on the third Sunday of each month through the end of the year.

Vaccinations will be $5 each for Bordetella, FVRCP, Distemper Combo for dogs and cats and Rabies. Pet owners can also have their pets microchipped for $10 each. Heartworm preventive and flea control will be available for purchase as well.

Pet owners can also make an appointment that day for a free spay or neuter surgery at any one of the SPCA of Texas’ three DFW-are spay/neuter clinics. Pet owners who make an appointment to have their pet spayed or neutered will also receive a free heartworm test.

The SPCA of Texas is grateful to the Colleen Baggarly Fund for making this low-cost vaccination clinic possible, as well as the generous support of those who have purchased an “animal friendly” Texas license plate.

WHEN:    Sunday, October 20, 2013
   Third Sunday of each month through December

   Noon to 4 p.m.

WHERE:  Spay/Neuter & Wellness Clinic at Village Fair
                 4830 Village Fair Dr. 
                 Dallas, TX 75224 

WHY: Spaying, neutering and vaccinating pets saves lives by preventing unwanted litters, keeping thousands of animals off the mean streets and stopping the spread of dangerous illnesses like Parvo and Distemper.

Having pets spayed and neutered is the most important way to prevent pet overpopulation and ensuring animals live happy, healthy lives in loving homes by decreasing roaming tendencies, aggression and preventing certain forms of cancer in pets. And vaccinating them ensures that their immune systems can protect them from dangerous and life-threatening viruses and bacteria. Texas law also requires Rabies vaccinations. Further, veterinary wellness care is a critical component of preventative care for cats and dogs.

SPCA of Texas Celebrates 75th Anniversary with Family Fun Birthday Party
10/2/2013

 

WHAT:  The SPCA of Texas welcomes all alumni—previously adopted pets—and the public to a birthday celebration in honor of its 75th anniversary on Sunday, October 20. The free birthday bash will bring fun for the whole family, including four-legged family members, at the SPCA of Texas Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center in West Dallas.  

              The free event will feature delicious food, creative kids’ crafts, bounce houses, a pumpkin patch photo booth, birthday cake cutting, music and a trick-or-treat table.

             To celebrate the 75th Anniversary in 2013, the SPCA of Texas has held a year-long series of events, educational activities and awareness campaigns to tell its story, make North Texans aware of its life-saving services and enlist the entire community in helping the group change the world for animals.            

WHEN:   Sunday, October 20
               Noon to 3 p.m.

WHERE:  SPCA of Texas’ Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center           
  2400 Lone Star Dr.
  Dallas, TX 75212

COST:   Free!

WHY:    For 75 years, the SPCA of Texas has served animals and people as the leading animal welfare agency in North Texas. On September 22, 1938, Emilie Schuyler and a group of prominent Dallas citizens obtained a state charter of incorporation. This officially makes the SPCA of Texas, then known as the Dallas Animal Protective League, the oldest and largest animal welfare agency in North Texas.

Widely known for offering hundreds of adoptable pets seven days a week at two shelters in Dallas and McKinney, and for its Rescue & Investigations efforts in eight counties surrounding the Metroplex, the SPCA of Texas also offers low-cost, high quality spay/neuter surgeries and veterinary wellness care to the pets of people who could otherwise not afford those services that are so key to pets’ health and happiness. Just last year, the SPCA of Texas found homes for more than 6,000 pets, rescued 768 animals from abuse and served more than 34,000 pets at three spay/neuter and wellness clinics.

For the last seven decades, the SPCA of Texas’ commitment to the animals has ever remained its guiding light. Today, as ever, the organization is dedicated to providing every animal exceptional care and a loving home.

For more information, please visit spca.org.

SPCA of Texas Offers Pet Grief Counseling Program
10/2/2013

Innovative Program Helps Pet Owners Through Grieving Process

WHAT: The SPCA of Texas’ Pet Grief Counseling Program, designed to help those who are grieving the loss of a beloved companion animal, meets at 1 p.m. the first Saturday of every month at the SPCA of Texas’ Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center in Dallas. The next meeting, free and open to the public, is Saturday, October 5.

Diane Pomerance, Ph.D., a SPCA of Texas volunteer and certified Grief Recovery Specialist, along with trained volunteers, administer the program incorporating grief support groups, one-on-one counseling, telephone counseling, volunteer education and training and more in a safe and supportive environment.

Twelve years ago when the program launched, there were very few (if any) resources in the Metroplex that could help someone adjust to the loss of a dearly loved pet. Dr. Pomerance developed this flagship program with the SPCA of Texas in response to that need.

There are countless pet owners who find it extremely difficult to cope with the loss of a pet. This program fulfills the needs of those who need to "work through" their loss with the help of specially trained and compassionate volunteer counselors and others who grieve the loss of their pet.

Services include telephone counseling, one-on-one counseling and group counseling.

WHERE:  SPCA of Texas’ Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center
2400 Lone Star Drive
Dallas, TX 75212
Conference room
FREE, open to the public

WHEN: Saturday, October 5 at 1 p.m.
First Saturday of each month at 1 p.m.

MORE INFO:
 www.spca.org or 214-742-SPCA (7722)
Pet Grief Helpline: 214-461-5131 (all messages are returned within 24 hours)

WHY:
Pets are members of the family, constant companions, teachers, gentle leaders and special friends. They deserve our utmost respect because that is what they offer us with no strings attached. Dogs and cats teach adults and children alike about the meanings of empathy, compassion, responsibility, unconditional love and self-worth.

While grief is the normal, healthy and natural response to loss, the Pet Grief Counseling program encourages grievers to dispel common myths and misinformation, identify and express their feelings of loss in a safe and supportive environment, and participate in a series of exercises that guide them through the processes of awareness, acceptance, resolution, action, recovery and moving beyond the need for counseling.

The death of a pet can bring with it many of the same intense, painful, profound feelings associated with the loss of a beloved human being.  


    

SPCA of Texas and Dallas County District Attorney’s Office Seize One Cruelly Treated Dog from Dallas Residence
9/26/2013

(Dallas, TX) September 26, 2013 – Under the authority of the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office Animal Cruelty Unit, the SPCA of Texas seized and took custody of one cruelly treated dog from a residence in Oak Cliff on Thursday, September 26.

To view and download photos of the dog, please click on the following link or copy and paste it into a browser: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/i01krrbh665bmcw/Fq1n4mSJyq.

The dog was found behind the residence on the property, tethered to a tree by a tie cable, which is in violation of the Texas Health and Safety Code. The investigator did not observe any water or food in plain view. The dog is emaciated and appears to have various health issues.

This seizure is possible through a partnership between the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office Animal Cruelty Unit and the SPCA of Texas. This partnership’s goal is to investigate cruelty complaints, remove animals that are being cruelly treated and prosecute individuals who abuse, torture and kill animals, holding them accountable to the fullest extent of the law.

The SPCA of Texas received a complaint of suspected animal cruelty at the property, and the SPCA of Texas Senior Investigator and Dallas County District Attorney’s Office Special Investigator visited the property on September 24, observed the dog's conditions and left a door tag requesting the animal owner to contact the investigator. No response was received. The investigator again visited the property on September 25 and left a second tag. Again, no response was received. The investigator returned to the property on September 26, determined that it was in the dog's best interest to remove it and obtained a seizure warrant.

The SPCA of Texas removed the dog, transporting it to the Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center in West Dallas the same day, where it is being cared for until the custody hearing.

The custody hearing for the dog is scheduled for Monday, September 30 at 11:30 a.m. at the South Dallas Government Center located at 107 Texas Street, Lancaster, TX 75146, Judge Valencia Nash presiding.

To help support the SPCA of Texas and its efforts to help abused, neglected and homeless animals and to support the SPCA of Texas' other programs and services, please visit www.spca.org/helptheanimals. To learn more about the SPCA of Texas, please visit our website at www.spca.org.

Dallas County District Attorney’s Office Animal Cruelty Unit

The Animal Cruelty Unit is a specialized division of the DA’s office dedicated to protecting animals from neglect and mistreatment. The vision of the new Unit is to be the voice for the voiceless, ensure justice and maintain safety for all Dallas County citizens.

With over 2,500 cases of animal cruelty reported in 2012, animal cruelty continues to be a serious problem throughout Dallas County. Recognizing the need for effective prosecution of offenders that neglect, torture and kill animals, the DA’s office sends a strong message to their perpetrators: Dallas County will not tolerate animal abuse.

Dallas County Commissioner Elba Garcia initiated a collaborative effort, bringing together the District Attorney’s Office, former Dallas County Commissioner Maureen Dickey, Gary Griffith representing Safer Dallas Better Dallas, and a variety of animal advocates, all of who were instrumental in the formation of the Dallas County Animal Cruelty Unit.

Felony Trial Bureau Chief, David Alex oversees the unit comprised of Assistant District Attorney Amber Givens and Investigator Steve Wilson. Art Munoz, Senior Investigator for the SPCA of Texas Rescue & Investigations department, is also a Special Investigator for the District Attorney’s Office.

SPCA of Texas

The SPCA of Texas is the leading animal welfare agency in North Texas. The non-profit organization operates two shelters and three spay/neuter clinics located in Dallas and McKinney, and maintains a team of five animal cruelty investigators to respond to thousands of calls in eight North Texas counties. Moreover, the SPCA of Texas serves as an active resource center for an array of services that bring people and animals together to enrich each other’s lives.

The SPCA of Texas is not affiliated with any other entity and does not receive general operating funds from the City of Dallas, State of Texas, federal government or any other humane organization. The SPCA of Texas is dedicated to providing every animal exceptional care and a loving home. For additional information about the SPCA of Texas, visit www.spca.org.


SPCA of Texas Hosts “Bunny Hop” Rabbit and Guinea Pig Adoption Event at Denton PetSmart This Saturday
9/24/2013

 

WHAT:  This Saturday, September 28, the SPCA of Texas is teaming up with the PetSmart in Denton to find loving homes for dozens of rabbits and guinea pigs, which were recently rescued from cruel living conditions.

In addition to the bunnies and guinea pigs available for adoption at PetSmart, the SPCA of Texas also has 17 guinea pigs and six rabbits available for adoption at its two shelters located in Dallas and McKinney.

The adoption fee for rabbits is $25, and the adoption fee for guinea pigs is $15. All rabbits have been spayed or neutered, and all of the rabbits and guinea pigs have received all necessary veterinary care, and they have also been evaluated for sociability.

WHEN:   Saturday, September 28, 2013
               11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

WHERE: PetSmart in Denton             
  1441 South Loop 288
  Denton, TX 76205

WHY:    Dogs and cats aren’t the only precious animals up for adoption at the SPCA of Texas. Pocket pets like rabbits and guinea pigs are also looking for loving forever families.

Guinea pigs usually live for five to seven years and only weigh around two pounds. They can be the perfect family pet because they’re known to be docile and do well with older children who understand how to handle pocket pets gently.

Rabbits are also wonderful family pets, when the family is well educated regarding rabbit care. Domestic rabbits are intelligent, friendly and curious, and they can even be litter box trained. Rabbits that live indoors with their human family can live for seven to ten years, and vary in size based on breed type.

For more information, please visit spca.org.   

SPCA of Texas Clinics Host “Neuter Scooter for a Nickel” on October 2
9/23/2013

SPCA of Texas Clinics Host
“Neuter Scooter for a Nickel” on October 2

Offers Male Cat Sterilization for Five Cents 

WHAT: In an aggressive effort to curb pet overpopulation, the SPCA of Texas Spay/Neuter and Wellness Clinic at Village Fair and the Russell H. Perry Spay/Neuter Clinic in McKinney will be hosting “Neuter Scooter for a Nickel.” Thanks to the generous support of those who have purchased an “animal friendly” Texas license plate, the SPCA of Texas invites cat owners to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to have their male cats fixed for just five cents.

WHEN/WHERE: The SPCA of Texas Spay/Neuter and Wellness Clinic at Village Fair in South Dallas and the Russell H. Perry Spay/Neuter Clinic in McKinney will neuter male cats for just a nickel on October 2. Cat owners must make an appointment and bring proof of vaccinations, or vaccines (rabies and/or FVRCP) will be administered at an additional charge on the day of the appointment. All cats must be in carriers.

Appointments are required.  To make an appointment, please call 214-742-SPCA(7722).

      * Spay/Neuter & Wellness Clinic at Village Fair
        4830 Village Fair Dr. 
        Dallas, TX 75224 

      * Russell H. Perry Spay/Neuter Clinic
        8411 Stacy Road 
        McKinney, TX 75070 

 —Cat drop-offs at 7:30 a.m.; pick up at 3 p.m.

WHY: Spaying and neutering results in the prevention of millions of unwanted births. Neutering also reduces a cat's chances of developing testicular cancer, diminishes roaming tendencies and decreases the urge to mark territory by spraying. If left intact, two unaltered cats can produce more than 80 million cats over a 10-year period, and one male cat can sire an unlimited number of kittens in his lifetime.

SPCA of Texas Offers $5 Pet Vaccinations at South Dallas Clinic on September 15
9/10/2013

Group Will Also Schedule Free Spay/Neuter Surgery Appointments

WHAT:    In an effort to provide an easy and affordable way for the community to help curb the spread of common and highly contagious illnesses in pets and reduce the number of strays and unwanted pets,the SPCA of Texas will host a low-cost pet vaccination clinicthis Sunday, September 15 from noon to 4 p.m. at the Spay/Neuter and Wellness Clinic at Village Fair.

Additionally, the low-cost vaccination clinic will be offered on the third Sunday of each month through the end of the year.

Vaccinations will be $5 each for Bordetella, FVRCP, Distemper Combo for dogs and cats and Rabies. Pet owners can also have their pets microchipped for $10 each. Heartworm preventive and flea control will be available for purchase as well.

Pet owners can also make an appointment that day for a free spay or neuter surgery at any one of the SPCA of Texas’ three DFW-are spay/neuter clinics. Pet owners who make an appointment to have their pet spayed or neutered will also receive a free heartworm test.

The SPCA of Texas is grateful to the Colleen Baggarly Fund for making this low-cost vaccination clinic possible, as well as the generous support of those who have purchased an “animal friendly” Texas license plate.

WHEN:    Sunday, September 15, 2013
   Third Sunday of each month through December

   Noon to 4 p.m.

WHERE:  Spay/Neuter & Wellness Clinic at Village Fair
                 4830 Village Fair Dr. 
                 Dallas, TX 75224 

WHY:    Spaying, neutering and vaccinating pets saves lives by preventing unwanted litters, keeping thousands of animals off the mean streets and stopping the spread of dangerous illnesses like Parvo and Distemper.

Having pets spayed and neutered is the most important way to prevent pet overpopulation and ensuring animals live happy, healthy lives in loving homes by decreasing roaming tendencies, aggression and preventing certain forms of cancer in pets. And vaccinating them ensures that their immune systems can protect them from dangerous and life-threatening viruses and bacteria. Texas law also requires Rabies vaccinations. Further, veterinary wellness care is a critical component of preventative care for cats and dogs.

SPCA of Texas Offers Pet Grief Counseling Program
9/5/2013

Innovative Program Helps Pet Owners Through Grieving Process

WHAT: The SPCA of Texas’ Pet Grief Counseling Program, designed to help those who are grieving the loss of a beloved companion animal, meets at 1 p.m. the first Saturday of every month at the SPCA of Texas’ Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center in Dallas. The next meeting, free and open to the public, is Saturday, September 7.

Diane Pomerance, Ph.D., a SPCA of Texas volunteer and certified Grief Recovery Specialist, along with trained volunteers, administer the program incorporating grief support groups, one-on-one counseling, telephone counseling, volunteer education and training and more in a safe and supportive environment.

Twelve years ago when the program launched, there were very few (if any) resources in the Metroplex that could help someone adjust to the loss of a dearly loved pet. Dr. Pomerance developed this flagship program with the SPCA of Texas in response to that need.

There are countless pet owners who find it extremely difficult to cope with the loss of a pet. This program fulfills the needs of those who need to "work through" their loss with the help of specially trained and compassionate volunteer counselors and others who grieve the loss of their pet.

Services include telephone counseling, one-on-one counseling and group counseling.

WHERE:  SPCA of Texas’ Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center
2400 Lone Star Drive
Dallas, TX 75212
Conference room
FREE, open to the public

WHEN: Saturday, September 7 at 1 p.m.
First Saturday of each month at 1 p.m.

MORE INFO:
 www.spca.org or 214-742-SPCA (7722)
Pet Grief Helpline: 214-461-5131 (all messages are returned within 24 hours)

WHY:
Pets are members of the family, constant companions, teachers, gentle leaders and special friends. They deserve our utmost respect because that is what they offer us with no strings attached. Dogs and cats teach adults and children alike about the meanings of empathy, compassion, responsibility, unconditional love and self-worth.

While grief is the normal, healthy and natural response to loss, the Pet Grief Counseling program encourages grievers to dispel common myths and misinformation, identify and express their feelings of loss in a safe and supportive environment, and participate in a series of exercises that guide them through the processes of awareness, acceptance, resolution, action, recovery and moving beyond the need for counseling.


The death of a pet can bring with it many of the same intense, painful, profound feelings associated with the loss of a beloved human being.       

SPCA of Texas Clinic Hosts “Neuter Scooter for a Nickel” on September 4
8/26/2013

Offers Male Cat Sterilization for Five Cents 

WHAT: In an aggressive effort to curb pet overpopulation, the SPCA of Texas will host “Neuter Scooter for a Nickel” on Wednesday, September 4 at the Spay/Neuter and Wellness Clinic at Village Fair in South Dallas. This special, made possible thanks to the generous support of those who have purchased an “animal friendly” Texas license plate, invites cat owners to have their male cats fixed for just five cents.

Additionally, the Neuter Scooter for a Nickel special will be available on the first Wednesday of each month thereafter.

WHEN:        Wednesday, September 4
                   First Wednesday of each month thereafter
                   Cat drop-offs from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m.
                   Pick-up time will be determined at drop-off
 
WHERE:       Spay/Neuter & Wellness Clinic at Village Fair
                    4830 Village Fair Dr. 
                    Dallas, TX 75224 

HOW: Appointments are required. To make an appointment, please call 214-742-SPCA (7722) Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Cat owners must bring proof of vaccinations to the clinic, or vaccines (rabies and/or FVRCP) will be administered at an additional charge on the day of the appointment. All cats must be in carriers.

WHY: Spaying and neutering results in the prevention of millions of unwanted births. Neutering also reduces a cat's chances of developing testicular cancer, diminishes roaming tendencies and decreases the urge to mark territory by spraying. If left intact, two unaltered cats can produce more than 80 million cats over a 10-year period, and one male cat can sire an unlimited number of kittens in his lifetime.

SPCA of Texas Offers Back-to-School Tips for Four-Legged Family Members
8/20/2013

(Dallas, TX) August 20, 2013 – Though it feels like summer just began, the hurried rush of back-to-school activities are already beginning to creep up, meaning lots of preparation for both our two-legged and four-legged kiddos.

In addition to picking up a few school supplies and packing lunches, the SPCA of Texas urges families to remember a few back-to-school tips for our beloved pets, too.

  • Don’t forget to keep your pets happy and healthy by keeping them up-to-date on vaccinations, microchipped and, of course, spayed or neutered.
  • Pets need a little extra TLC during this transition so make sure they have plenty of toys and games while they are left to entertain themselves at home.
  • Parents who accompany children to school or the bus stop can take the dog on a leashed walk for a little family bonding.
  • Make sure pets are safely restrained inside the home or a fenced in back yard while leaving and entering the house to ensure they don’t follow and wander out to the street.
  • Plan fun, family activities like going to the dog park, morning and afternoon walks and play dates with doggie friends.
  • Give your pets plenty of fresh water, food and shelter if they’re outside. And bring them inside when the temperature soars.
  • Always make sure pets have a collar and rabies and license tags with the correct contact information in case a pet is lost. Consider microchipping pets in the event that a pet loses his or her collar. This will help ensure a pet’s safe return to his or her loving family.

The SPCA of Texas cares about all of our animal friends. You can show your best furry friends how much you care about them by making sure they stay happy and healthy and by protecting them from getting lost. That way, your cat or dog will be waiting for you at home when the school bell rings. For more information, log on to www.spca.org or call the SPCA of Texas at 214-742-SPCA (7722).

 

SPCA of Texas Offers Pet Grief Counseling Program
7/30/2013

Innovative Program Helps Pet Owners Through Grieving Process

WHAT: The SPCA of Texas’ Pet Grief Counseling Program, designed to help those who are grieving the loss of a beloved companion animal, meets at 1 p.m. the first Saturday of every month at the SPCA of Texas’ Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center in Dallas. The next meeting, free and open to the public, is Saturday, August 3.

Diane Pomerance, Ph.D., a SPCA of Texas volunteer and certified Grief Recovery Specialist, along with trained volunteers, administer the program incorporating grief support groups, one-on-one counseling, telephone counseling, volunteer education and training and more in a safe and supportive environment.

Twelve years ago when the program launched, there were very few (if any) resources in the Metroplex that could help someone adjust to the loss of a dearly loved pet. Dr. Pomerance developed this flagship program with the SPCA of Texas in response to that need.

There are countless pet owners who find it extremely difficult to cope with the loss of a pet. This program fulfills the needs of those who need to "work through" their loss with the help of specially trained and compassionate volunteer counselors and others who grieve the loss of their pet.

Services include telephone counseling, one-on-one counseling and group counseling.

WHERE:  SPCA of Texas’ Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center
2400 Lone Star Drive
Dallas, TX 75212
Conference room
FREE, open to the public

WHEN: Saturday, August 3 at 1 p.m.
First Saturday of each month at 1 p.m.

MORE INFO:
 www.spca.org or 214-742-SPCA (7722)
Pet Grief Helpline: 214-461-5131 (all messages are returned within 24 hours)

WHY:
Pets are members of the family, constant companions, teachers, gentle leaders and special friends. They deserve our utmost respect because that is what they offer us with no strings attached. Dogs and cats teach adults and children alike about the meanings of empathy, compassion, responsibility, unconditional love and self-worth.

While grief is the normal, healthy and natural response to loss, the Pet Grief Counseling program encourages grievers to dispel common myths and misinformation, identify and express their feelings of loss in a safe and supportive environment, and participate in a series of exercises that guide them through the processes of awareness, acceptance, resolution, action, recovery and moving beyond the need for counseling.

The death of a pet can bring with it many of the same intense, painful, profound feelings associated with the loss of a beloved human being.

SPCA of Texas and Kaufman County Sheriff's Office Seize 221 Cruelly Treated Animals from Kaufman,TX Property
7/25/2013

(KAUFMAN, TX; DALLAS, TX; McKINNEY, TX); July 25, 2013 -- Under the authority of the Kaufman County Sheriff’s Office, the SPCA of Texas seized and took custody of 166 Rabbits, 36 guinea pigs, 12 goats, five cats, one dog and one bull from a residence in Kaufman, TX on Thursday, July 25.

To view and download photos of the animals, taken at the property, please click on the following link or copy and paste it into a browser: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/3pufq1ow91dj2cz/VtGLazRH0P.

Eighty four of the rabbits, two of the guinea pigs and two of the cats were found in a big barn on the property. These rabbits and guinea pigs were living in feces-encrusted wire cages. The rabbits were housed in cages stacked two high, and feces from the rabbits in the top cages was able to fall down on the rabbits in the bottom cages.

One hundred and sixteen more rabbits and 34 guinea pigs were living in a small shed inside feces-filled cages. These rabbits were living in wire cages, and several of these guinea pigs were living inside a fish tank.

The rabbits appear to have various health issues, including open sores, matted fur, hair loss, ear discharge, eye discharge and long nails. Some of the guinea pigs have hair loss.

Eleven of the goats were found living outside the barn. A cat and two kittens were found in a feces-filled wire cage located outside the shed, and they did not have access to appropriate food or water. The dog was found in a small wire cage behind the shed without access to food or water. The bull was living in a small pasture behind a trailer on the property with one of the goats.

The SPCA of Texas received a complaint of suspected animal cruelty on July 16, and the SPCA of Texas’ Investigator and Deputy with the Kaufman County Sheriff’s Office visited the property. They attempted to make contact with the animal owner, but the animal owner did not respond. The Investigator and the Deputy concurred that it was in the animals’ best interest to remove them, and obtained a seizure warrant on July 25.

The SPCA of Texas removed the animals, transporting some to the Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center in West Dallas and some to the Russell H. Perry Animal Care Center in McKinney the same day, where they are being cared for until the custody hearing.

The custody hearing for the dogs is scheduled for Friday, August 2 at 10 a.m. at the Kaufman County Justice of the Peace, Precinct 1 located at 3003 S. Washington Street, Kaufman, TX 75142, Judge Johnny Perry presiding.

If the SPCA of Texas receives final custody of the animals, they would at that time be evaluated for adoption or placement on a case by case basis.

To help support the SPCA of Texas and its efforts to help abused, neglected and homeless animals and to support the SPCA of Texas' other programs and services, please visit www.spca.org/helptheanimals. To learn more about the SPCA of Texas, please visit our website at www.spca.org.

SPCA of Texas Receives Custody of 27 Cruelly Treated Animals Seized from Upshur County Property
7/11/2013


(UPSHUR COUNTY, TX; McKINNEY, TX); July 11, 2013 –
 Before a custody hearing yesterday at the Upshur County Courthouse in Gilmer, TX, an agreement was reached between the animal owner, the Upshur County Sheriff's Office and the SPCA of Texas for the animal owner to relinquish ownership of 27 cruelly treated animals seized from an Upshur County residence to the SPCA of Texas. The animals will now be individually evaluated for potential adoption or placement on a case by case basis.

Under the authority of the Upshur County Sheriff's Office, the SPCA of Texas seized and took custody of 27 cruelly confined dogs and puppies from a property in Gilmer, Texas on July 3.

To download photos from the scene, please right click on the following link or copy and paste it into a browser: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/kbmisepay4ty9uo/JkVwa3h97h.

Half of the dogs were living inside a feces-filled, urine soaked house on the property and the other half were living in the front yard outside the residence. The SPCA of Texas measured the ammonia level in the residence to be 20 parts per million (ppm). As a point of reference, short term exposure to any ammonia level over 20 ppm or long term exposure to any level over 12 ppm can cause health problems in humans.

The dogs appeared to have various health issues, including hair loss, flea infestation, nasal discharge and eye discharge. Of the 27 dogs, there were ten puppies.

The Upshur County Sheriff’s Office contacted the SPCA of Texas regarding concerns of animal cruelty. An SPCA of Texas Investigator visited the property on June 13. Upon further investigation, the SPCA of Texas and the Upshur County Sheriff’s Office determined that the animals were being cruelly treated. The Upshur County Sheriff's Office and the SPCA of Texas concurred that it was in the animals' best interest to remove the animals, and the Upshur County Sheriff's Office sought a seizure warrant.

SPCA of Texas vehicles transported the animals to the Perry Animal Care Center at 8411 Stacy Road in McKinney, TX, where they were examined by medical staff and cared for until the custody hearing.

To help support the SPCA of Texas and its efforts to help abused, neglected and homeless animals and to support the SPCA of Texas' other programs and services, please visit www.spca.org.
SPCA of Texas Awarded Custody of Four Cruelly Treated Dogs Seized from Dallas Residence
7/9/2013
(Dallas, TX) July 9, 2013 – At a custody hearing today at the South Dallas Government Center in Lancaster, TX, Judge Valencia Nash awarded custody of four cruelly treated dogs seized from a Dallas residence to the SPCA of Texas. The SPCA of Texas was also awarded $5 in restitution.
 
Under the authority of the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office Animal Cruelty Unit, the SPCA of Texas seized and took custody of four cruelly treated dogs from a residence in the Pleasant Grove neighborhood of Dallas on Wednesday, July 3.

To view and download photos of the dogs, please click on the following link or copy and paste it into a browser: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/9r9f0h9fd06zuri/25DWGOTfo7.

The dogs were found in the backyard of the residence on the property. One of the dogs is extremely underweight and the dogs appear to have various health issues, including hair loss, flea infestation and eye discharge.

The owner stated that he was treating the dogs' hair loss by rubbing alcohol on them and placing them on a platform. This is not an effective means of treating dogs for hair loss.

This seizure is possible through a partnership between the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office Animal Cruelty Unit and the SPCA of Texas. This partnership’s goal is to investigate cruelty complaints, remove animals that are being cruelly treated and prosecute individuals who abuse, torture and kill animals, holding them accountable to the fullest extent of the law.

The SPCA of Texas received a complaint of suspected animal cruelty at the property, and the SPCA of Texas Senior Investigator and Dallas County District Attorney’s Office Special Investigator visited the property on June 20. The investigator visited the property multiple times and spoke with the animal's owner about bringing the dogs’ conditions into compliance with Texas Health and Safety Code. The owner stated that he did not have intentions of providing the care the dogs needed. The investigator determined that it was in the animals’ best interest to remove them, and obtained a seizure warrant on July 3.

The SPCA of Texas removed the animals, transporting them to the Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center in West Dallas the same day, where they were cared for until the custody hearing.

To help support the SPCA of Texas and its efforts to help abused, neglected and homeless animals and to support the SPCA of Texas' other programs and services, please visit www.spca.org/helptheanimals. To learn more about the SPCA of Texas, please visit our website at www.spca.org.

Dallas County District Attorney’s Office Animal Cruelty Unit
The Animal Cruelty Unit is a specialized division of the DA’s office dedicated to protecting animals from neglect and mistreatment. The vision of the new Unit is to be the voice for the voiceless, ensure justice and maintain safety for all Dallas County citizens.

With over 2,500 cases of animal cruelty reported in 2012, animal cruelty continues to be a serious problem throughout Dallas County. Recognizing the need for effective prosecution of offenders that neglect, torture and kill animals, the DA’s office sends a strong message to their perpetrators: Dallas County will not tolerate animal abuse.

Dallas County Commissioner Elba Garcia initiated a collaborative effort, bringing together the District Attorney’s Office, former Dallas County Commissioner Maureen Dickey, Gary Griffith representing Safer Dallas Better Dallas, and a variety of animal advocates, all of who were instrumental in the formation of the Dallas County Animal Cruelty Unit.

Felony Trial Bureau Chief, David Alex oversees the unit comprised of Assistant District Attorney Debbie Smith and Investigator Steve Wilson. Art Munoz, Senior Investigator for the SPCA of Texas Rescue & Investigations department, is also a Special Investigator for the District Attorney’s Office.

SPCA of Texas
The SPCA of Texas is the leading animal welfare agency in North Texas. The non-profit organization operates two shelters and three spay/neuter clinics located in Dallas and McKinney, and maintains a team of five animal cruelty investigators to respond to thousands of calls in eight North Texas counties. Moreover, the SPCA of Texas serves as an active resource center for an array of services that bring people and animals together to enrich each other’s lives.

The SPCA of Texas is not affiliated with any other entity and does not receive general operating funds from the City of Dallas, State of Texas, federal government or any other humane organization. The SPCA of Texas is dedicated to providing every animal exceptional care and a loving home. For additional information about the SPCA of Texas, visit www.spca.org.

SPCA of Texas Receives Custody of Cruelly Treated Dog
7/9/2013
(Dallas, TX) July 9, 2013 – The SPCA of Texas received custody of one cruelly treated dog from a residence in the Pleasant Grove neighborhood of Dallas on Monday, July 8. The person responsible for the dog relinquished ownership of the dog to the SPCA of Texas.

The SPCA of Texas received a complaint of a dog dying at the property at approximately 3 p.m. on July 8 and an investigator was immediately dispatched.

The dog was found in the backyard of the residence on the property without access to appropriate food or water. The dog was extremely thin with ribs and hip bones visible through its skin, did not move when approached and appeared to have various health issues, including flea infestation and tick infestation.

The dog's owner agreed to surrender the dog to the SPCA of Texas, and the SPCA of Texas immediately took the dog to the Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center in Dallas. A veterinarian examined the dog right away, determined that the dog was suffering irremediably and recommended euthanasia. The dog was euthanized to prevent further suffering.

The Dallas County District Attorney's Office Special Investigator will be pursuing animal cruelty charges in this case.

The quick response in this case is possible through a partnership between the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office Animal Cruelty Unit and the SPCA of Texas. This partnership’s goal is to investigate cruelty complaints, remove animals that are being cruelly treated and prosecute individuals who abuse, torture and kill animals, holding them accountable to the fullest extent of the law.

To help support the SPCA of Texas and its efforts to help abused, neglected and homeless animals and to support the SPCA of Texas' other programs and services, please visit www.spca.org/helptheanimals. To learn more about the SPCA of Texas, please visit our website at www.spca.org.

Dallas County District Attorney’s Office Animal Cruelty Unit
The Animal Cruelty Unit is a specialized division of the DA’s office dedicated to protecting animals from neglect and mistreatment. The vision of the new Unit is to be the voice for the voiceless, ensure justice and maintain safety for all Dallas County citizens.

With over 2,500 cases of animal cruelty reported in 2012, animal cruelty continues to be a serious problem throughout Dallas County. Recognizing the need for effective prosecution of offenders that neglect, torture and kill animals, the DA’s office sends a strong message to their perpetrators: Dallas County will not tolerate animal abuse.

Dallas County Commissioner Elba Garcia initiated a collaborative effort, bringing together the District Attorney’s Office, former Dallas County Commissioner Maureen Dickey, Gary Griffith representing Safer Dallas Better Dallas, and a variety of animal advocates, all of who were instrumental in the formation of the Dallas County Animal Cruelty Unit.

Felony Trial Bureau Chief, David Alex oversees the unit comprised of Assistant District Attorney Debbie Smith and Investigator Steve Wilson. Art Munoz, Senior Investigator for the SPCA of Texas Rescue & Investigations department, is also a Special Investigator for the District Attorney’s Office.

SPCA of Texas
The SPCA of Texas is the leading animal welfare agency in North Texas. The non-profit organization operates two shelters and three spay/neuter clinics located in Dallas and McKinney, and maintains a team of five animal cruelty investigators to respond to thousands of calls in eight North Texas counties. Moreover, the SPCA of Texas serves as an active resource center for an array of services that bring people and animals together to enrich each other’s lives.

The SPCA of Texas is not affiliated with any other entity and does not receive general operating funds from the City of Dallas, State of Texas, federal government or any other humane organization. The SPCA of Texas is dedicated to providing every animal exceptional care and a loving home. For additional information about the SPCA of Texas, visit www.spca.org.

SPCA of Texas and Dallas County District Attorney’s Office Seize Four Cruelly Treated Dogs from Dallas Residence
7/5/2013
(Dallas, TX) July 5, 2013 – Under the authority of the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office Animal Cruelty Unit, the SPCA of Texas seized and took custody of four cruelly treated dogs from a residence in the Pleasant Grove neighborhood of Dallas on Wednesday, July 3.
 
To view and download photos of the dogs, please click on the following link or copy and paste it into a browser: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/9r9f0h9fd06zuri/25DWGOTfo7.
 
The dogs were found in the backyard of the residence on the property. One of the dogs is extremely underweight and the dogs appear to have various health issues, including hair loss, flea infestation and eye discharge.
 
The owner stated that he was treating the dogs' hair loss by rubbing alcohol on them and placing them on a platform. This is not an effective means of treating dogs for hair loss.
 
This seizure is possible through a partnership between the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office Animal Cruelty Unit and the SPCA of Texas. This partnership’s goal is to investigate cruelty complaints, remove animals that are being cruelly treated and prosecute individuals who abuse, torture and kill animals, holding them accountable to the fullest extent of the law.
 
The SPCA of Texas received a complaint of suspected animal cruelty at the property, and the SPCA of Texas Senior Investigator and Dallas County District Attorney’s Office Special Investigator visited the property on June 20. The investigator visited the property multiple times and spoke with the animal's owner about bringing the dogs’ conditions into compliance with Texas Health and Safety Code. The owner stated that he did not have intentions of providing the care the dogs needed. The investigator determined that it was in the animals’ best interest to remove them, and obtained a seizure warrant on June 3.
 
The SPCA of Texas removed the animals, transporting them to the Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center in West Dallas the same day, where they are being cared for until the custody hearing.
 
The custody hearing for the dogs is scheduled for Tuesday, July 9 at 11 a.m. at the South Dallas Government Center located at 107 Texas Street, Lancaster, TX 75146, Judge Valencia Nash presiding.
 
To help support the SPCA of Texas and its efforts to help abused, neglected and homeless animals and to support the SPCA of Texas' other programs and services, please visit www.spca.org/helptheanimals. To learn more about the SPCA of Texas, please visit our website at www.spca.org.
 
Dallas County District Attorney’s Office Animal Cruelty Unit
The Animal Cruelty Unit is a specialized division of the DA’s office dedicated to protecting animals from neglect and mistreatment. The vision of the new Unit is to be the voice for the voiceless, ensure justice and maintain safety for all Dallas County citizens.
 
With over 2,500 cases of animal cruelty reported in 2012, animal cruelty continues to be a serious problem throughout Dallas County. Recognizing the need for effective prosecution of offenders that neglect, torture and kill animals, the DA’s office sends a strong message to their perpetrators: Dallas County will not tolerate animal abuse.
 
Dallas County Commissioner Elba Garcia initiated a collaborative effort, bringing together the District Attorney’s Office, former Dallas County Commissioner Maureen Dickey, Gary Griffith representing Safer Dallas Better Dallas, and a variety of animal advocates, all of who were instrumental in the formation of the Dallas County Animal Cruelty Unit.
 
Felony Trial Bureau Chief, David Alex oversees the unit comprised of Assistant District Attorney Debbie Smith and Investigator Steve Wilson. Art Munoz, Senior Investigator for the SPCA of Texas Rescue & Investigations department, is also a Special Investigator for the District Attorney’s Office.
 
SPCA of Texas
The SPCA of Texas is the leading animal welfare agency in North Texas. The non-profit organization operates two shelters and three spay/neuter clinics located in Dallas and McKinney, and maintains a team of five animal cruelty investigators to respond to thousands of calls in eight North Texas counties. Moreover, the SPCA of Texas serves as an active resource center for an array of services that bring people and animals together to enrich each other’s lives.
 
The SPCA of Texas is not affiliated with any other entity and does not receive general operating funds from the City of Dallas, State of Texas, federal government or any other humane organization. The SPCA of Texas is dedicated to providing every animal exceptional care and a loving home. For additional information about the SPCA of Texas, visit www.spca.org.
SPCA of Texas Offers Pet Grief Counseling Program
7/3/2013

Innovative Program Helps Pet Owners Through Grieving Process

WHAT: The SPCA of Texas’ Pet Grief Counseling Program, designed to help those who are grieving the loss of a beloved companion animal, meets at 1 p.m. the first Saturday of every month at 1 p.m. at the SPCA of Texas’ Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center in Dallas. The next meeting, free and open to the public, is Saturday, July 6.

Diane Pomerance, Ph.D., a SPCA of Texas volunteer and certified Grief Recovery Specialist, along with trained volunteers, administer the program incorporating grief support groups, one-on-one counseling, telephone counseling, volunteer education and training and more in a safe and supportive environment.

Twelve years ago when the program launched, there were very few (if any) resources in the Metroplex that could help someone adjust to the loss of a dearly loved pet. Dr. Pomerance developed this flagship program with the SPCA of Texas in response to that need.

There are countless pet owners who find it extremely difficult to cope with the loss of a pet. This program fulfills the needs of those who need to "work through" their loss with the help of specially trained and compassionate volunteer counselors and others who grieve the loss of their pet.

Services include telephone counseling, one-on-one counseling and group counseling.

WHERE: 
SPCA of Texas’ Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center
2400 Lone Star Drive
Dallas, TX 75212
Conference room
FREE, open to the public

WHEN: Saturday, July 6 at 1 p.m.
First Saturday of each month at 1 p.m.

MORE INFO:
 www.spca.org or 214-742-SPCA (7722)
Pet Grief Helpline: 214-461-5131 (all messages are returned within 24 hours)

WHY:
Pets are members of the family, constant companions, teachers, gentle leaders and special friends. They deserve our utmost respect because that is what they offer us with no strings attached. Dogs and cats teach adults and children alike about the meanings of empathy, compassion, responsibility, unconditional ove and self-worth.

While grief is the normal, healthy and natural response to loss, the Pet Grief Counseling program encourages grievers to dispel common myths and misinformation, identify and express their feelings of loss in a safe and supportive environment, and participate in a series of exercises that guide them through the processes of awareness, acceptance, resolution, action, recovery and moving beyond the need for counseling.

The death of a pet can bring with it many of the same intense, painful, profound feelings associated with the loss of a beloved human being.        

SPCA of Texas and Upshur County Sheriff Seize 27 Cruelly Treated Animals from Upshur County Property
7/3/2013

(UPSHUR COUNTY, TX; McKINNEY, TX); July 3, 2013 – Yesterday, under the authority of the Upshur County Sheriff's Office, the SPCA of Texas seized and took custody of 27 cruelly confined dogs and puppies from a property in Gilmer, Texas.

To download photos from the scene, please right click on the following link or copy and paste it into a browser: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/kbmisepay4ty9uo/JkVwa3h97h.

Half of the dogs were living inside a feces-filled, urine soaked house on the property and the other half were living in the front yard outside the residence. The SPCA of Texas measured the ammonia level in the residence to be 20 parts per million (ppm). As a point of reference, short term exposure to any ammonia level over 20 ppm or long term exposure to any level over 12 ppm can cause health problems in humans.

The dogs appear to have various health issues, including hair loss, flea infestation, nasal discharge and eye discharge. Of the 27 dogs, there were ten puppies.

The Upshur County Sheriff’s Office contacted the SPCA of Texas regarding concerns of animal cruelty. An SPCA of Texas Investigator visited the property on June 13. Upon further investigation, the SPCA of Texas and the Upshur County Sheriff’s Office determined that the animals were being cruelly treated. The Upshur County Sheriff's Office and the SPCA of Texas concurred that it was in the animals' best interest to remove the animals, and the Upshur County Sheriff's Office sought a seizure warrant.

SPCA of Texas vehicles transported the animals to the Perry Animal Care Center at 8411 Stacy Road in McKinney, TX, where they are being examined by medical staff and will be cared for until the custody hearing.

The custody hearing will take place on Thursday, July 10 at 2 p.m. at the Upshur County Courthouse, at 100 W. Tyler Street, Gilmer, TX, Judge W.V. Ray, Justice of the Peace Precinct 4, presiding.

If the SPCA of Texas is awarded custody of the animals, they would be individually evaluated for potential adoption or placement on a case by case basis.

To help support the SPCA of Texas and its efforts to help abused, neglected and homeless animals and to support the SPCA of Texas'
other programs and services, please visit www.spca.org.


SPCA of Texas Offers Low-Cost Pet Vaccination Clinicat Dallas Police Department’s H.E.A.T Event Saturday
6/25/2013

Group Will Also Schedule Free Spay/Neuter Surgery Appointments, Provide a Bounce House, Crafts for Kids and Face Painting

WHAT: In an effort to provide an easy and affordable way for the community to help curb the spread of common and highly contagious illnesses in pets and reduce the number of strays and unwanted pets,the SPCA of Texas will host a mobile, low-cost pet vaccination clinicthis Saturday, June 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Regio Ballroom parking lot in Dallas. This event is held in conjunction with Jubilee Park’s ongoing Community Outreach program and a  part of the Dallas Police Department’s Help End Auto Theft (H.E.A.T.) event.

Vaccinations will be $5 each for Rabies, Distemper combo for dogs and cats and Bordetella. Pet owners can also have their pets microchipped for $10 each. These services will be provided in the SPCA of Texas’ temperature-controlled Emergency Animal Rescue Vehicle. Heartworm preventive and flea control will be available for purchase as well.

Pet owners can also make an appointment that day for a free spay or neuter surgery at any one of the SPCA of Texas’ three DFW-area spay/neuter clinics. Pet owners who make an appointment to have their pet spayed or neutered will also receive a free heartworm test on Saturday.

Additionally, there will be fun activities for kids, including a bounce house, crafts and face painting.

The SPCA of Texas is grateful to the Colleen Baggarly Fund for making this low-cost vaccination clinic possible, the Heska Corporation for their donation of heartworm tests and to Merck for that company’s donation of microchips and vaccines.

WHEN:  
Saturday, June 29, 2013
10 am. to 2 p.m.

WHERE:
El Regio Ballroom parking lot
          
5201 East Grand Avenue

Dallas, TX 75223

WHY: Spaying, neutering and vaccinating pets saves lives by preventing unwanted litters, keeping thousands of animals off the mean streets and stopping the spread of dangerous illnesses like Parvo and Distemper. Having pets spayed and neutered is the most important way to prevent pet overpopulation and ensuring animals live happy, healthy lives in loving homes by decreasing roaming tendencies, aggression and preventing certain forms of cancer in pets. And vaccinating them ensures that their immune systems can protect them from dangerous and life-threatening viruses and bacteria. Texas law also requires Rabies vaccinations. Further, veterinary wellness care is a critical component of preventative care for cats and dogs.

SPCA of Texas and Hunt County Constable Seize Seven Cruelly Treated Animals from Hunt County Property
6/21/2013

(HUNT COUNTY, TX; McKINNEY, TX); June 21, 2013 – This morning, under the authority of the Hunt County Constable, the SPCA of Texas seized and took custody of seven animals–five dogs and two kittens–from a property in Caddo Mills, Texas.

To download photos from the scene, please right click on the following link or copy and paste it into a browser: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/62x10uk787cyqzz/fuyIKiZMhp.

The animals, all of which were infested with fleas, were living inside a feces-filled, urine soaked house on the property. The SPCA of Texas measured the ammonia level in the residence to be 6 parts per million (ppm). As a point of reference, short term exposure to any ammonia level over 20 ppm or long term exposure to any level over 12 ppm can cause health problems in humans.

Prior to today, on September 26, 2012, the SPCA of Texas and the Hunt County Constable seized 48 cruelly treated animals from the same property. Recently, the SPCA of Texas received multiple complaints regarding concerns of animal cruelty. Upon further investigation, under the authority of the Hunt County Constable, the SPCA of Texas received a search warrant this morning to investigate the well-being of the animals. At that time, the Hunt County Constable and the SPCA of Texas concurred that it was in the animals' best interest to remove the animals, and the Hunt County Constable sought a seizure warrant. The animals’ owner could be facing animal cruelty charges.

SPCA of Texas vehicles transported the animals to the Perry Animal Care Center at 8411 Stacy Road in McKinney, TX, where they are being examined by medical staff and will be cared for until the custody hearing.

The custody hearing will take place on Friday, June 28, 2013 at 1:30 p.m. at the Hunt County Justice of the Peace, Pct. 1, Place 2 at 2801 Stuart Street in Greenville, Texas, Judge Sheila Linden presiding.

If the SPCA of Texas is awarded custody of the animals, they would be individually evaluated for potential adoption or placement on a case by case basis.

To help support the SPCA of Texas and its efforts to
help abused, neglected and homeless animals and to support the SPCA of Texas' other programs and services, please visit www.spca.org.


SPCA of Texas and Hunt County Constable Seize 45 Cruelly Treated Animals from Hunt County Property
6/18/2013

June 18, 2013 – This morning, under the authority of the Hunt County Constable, the SPCA of Texas seized and took custody of 45 dogs from a property in Quinlan, Texas.

To download photos from the scene, please right click on the following link or copy and paste it into a browser: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/d4kl80btpawqr4j/MK60R_iH_s.

The dogs were all living inside a feces-filled, urine soaked house on the property. The SPCA of Texas measured the ammonia level in the residence to be 3 parts per million (ppm). As a point of reference, short term exposure to any ammonia level over 20 ppm or long term exposure to any level over 12 ppm can cause health problems in humans.

The dogs appear to have varying health issues, including hair loss, flea infestation, long nails, and nasal and eye discharge. Of the 45 dogs, there were seven puppies, all of which appear to be anemic and infested with fleas.

The SPCA of Texas received a complaint regarding concerns of animal cruelty. An SPCA of Texas Investigator visited the property on May 14, but was unable to make contact with the owner. Upon further investigation, under the authority of the Hunt County Constable, the SPCA of Texas received a search warrant this morning to investigate the well-being of the animals. At that time, the Hunt County Constable and the SPCA of Texas concurred that it was in the animals' best interest to remove the animals, and the Hunt County Constable sought a seizure warrant.

SPCA of Texas vehicles transported the animals to the Perry Animal Care Center at 8411 Stacy Road in McKinney, TX, where they are being examined by medical staff and will be cared for until the custody hearing.

The custody hearing will take place on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 10 a.m. at the Hunt County Justice of the Peace, Pct. 4, at 112 E. Main, Quinlan, TX, Judge David McNabb presiding.

If the SPCA of Texas is awarded custody of the animals, they would be individually evaluated for potential adoption or placement on a case by case basis.

To help support the SPCA of Texas and its efforts to help abused, neglected and homeless animals and to support the SPCA of Texas' other programs and services, please visit www.spca.org.

SPCA of Texas Celebrates Adopt-a-Shelter-Cat Month by Offering 50% Off of All Cat and Kitten Adoptions This Weekend Only
6/13/2013

WHAT:   June is Adopt-a-Shelter-Cat Month, and the perfect time to give a forever home to one of the SPCA of Texas’ adorable and friendly cats and kittens. The SPCA of Texas currently has over 120 cats and kittens awaiting a forever home. In order to make space to save more incoming cats and kittens, the SPCA of Texas is offering 50% off adoption fees for all its cats and kittens on Friday, June 14; Saturday, June 15; and Sunday, June 16 at the Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center at 2400 Lone Star Drive in Dallas and the Russell H. Perry Animal Care Center at 8411 Stacy Road in McKinney. These shelters are open seven days a week from noon to 6 p.m.

Cats make wonderful pets because they are calm, clean, easy-going, independent and affectionate. Cats are also very easily trainable and make perfect companions for apartment dwellers, children and seniors. The SPCA of Texas asks potential cat owners to adopt a shelter cat and save a life. To view all of our pets available for adoption, please visit spca.org/findapet.

WHEN:   
Friday, June 14 through Sunday, June 16
Noon to 6 p.m.  

WHERE: 

Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center
2400 Lone Star Drive, Dallas, TX 75212
              
Russell H. Perry Animal Care Center
8411 Stacy Road, McKinney, TX 75070

COST:  Regular adoption prices for cats and kittens range from $50 to $95, which includes age-appropriate vaccinations (which can include Rabies, Feline Rhinotracheitis, Caleci and Pan-Leukopenia), deworming treatment, spay/neuter surgery, a rabies tag, a temporary pet tote made of heavy-duty cardboard and a microchip. Cats over 4 months of age are also given a feline Leukemia test.

MORE: To learn more about the SPCA of Texas, please visit www.spca.org.


SPCA of Texas Reminds Pet Owners to Keep Pets Safe in Summer Heat
6/10/2013

(DALLAS, TX/McKINNEY, TX); June 10, 2013— Ready or not, the hot weather is here, complete with 90-plus degree temperatures that not only affect people, but also our animal companions. Of course, keeping your pets happy and healthy year-round is of the utmost importance, but be extra mindful of your pets’ changing needs during those hot summer months in Texas.

The SPCA of Texas receives an average of eight calls a day reporting suspected animal cruelty. Almost half of those reports involve animals being denied food, water and/or shelter. In extreme cases, our humane services officers file criminal charges; most of the time, a dose of education is what’s needed. To report animal cruelty, please visit spca.org/abuse, or call 214-461-1850.

The SPCA of Texas urges pet owners to keep the following in mind during the hot summer months to protect their animal friends:

  • Walk dogs early in the morning or in the evening hours instead of in the middle of the day when it’s hottest. Overweight and older pets are more likely to overheat during hot weather, so it is important to keep them fit and trim.
  • Some pet owners prefer to leave their animal friends outside. If that is the case, your pet must always have shelter available to protect it from extreme temperatures and inclement weather. Also, consider providing a wading pool filled with water for your companion to cool off in during the hot days of summer. 
  • Consider installing a doggie door. Dogs can visit the potty area outside and access the air-conditioned house during the day. 
  • Provide your pet with fresh, cool water every day in a tip-proof bowl. Remember that metal bowls left in the sun can get hot, so always put water bowls in the shade. Don’t forget the ice! 
  • Allow water hoses to run for several seconds or minutes--until water cools--before spraying your dog or filling his water bowl. 
  • Keep your pet well groomed, but resist the temptation to shave off all of his hair in an effort to keep him cool. A pet’s coat can protect him from sunburn and acts as cooling insulation.  
  • Don’t let your dog ride in the back of an open vehicle unless he can be safely tethered to the center where he is unable to reach the sides and can stand or sit on a slip proof, cool surface. Truck beds and metal surfaces get extremely hot in the summer and can burn paw pads. 
  • Never leave your pet in a parked car, even with the windows cracked. It takes only minutes for a dog or cat to suffer a heat stroke. On an 85-degree day, for example, the temperature inside a locked car can reach 120 degrees in under ten minutes. Should you see a pet left alone in a parked car, please call 911. 
  • Don’t forget to give your livestock companions plenty of water daily. Often times, livestock owners forget that each livestock animal, including horses and donkeys, can consume 10 to 20 gallons of water per day. 
  • Be sure that your pet lives a happy and healthy life by making sure to have them spayed or neutered, keep them current on vaccinations, have them microchipped to ensure that they can come home if they get lost, have current tags on an appropriate collar and of course visit the veterinarian annually or on the schedule your veterinarian recommends.

As always, check with your veterinarian for all your pets’ healthcare needs and visit www.spca.org for more happy, healthy pet tips!

SPCA of Texas Awarded Custody of Eight Cruelly Treated Animals Seized from Ellis County Property
6/7/2013

(WAXAHACHIE, TX/DALLAS,TX); June 7, 2013—At a custody hearing yesterday at the Ellis County Justice of the Peace, Pct. 2 Courthouse in Waxahachie, TX, Judge Jackie Miller, Jr. awarded custody of eight cruelly treated animals seized from a Waxahachie, TX residence to the SPCA of Texas. The SPCA of Texas was also awarded $3,249.70 in restitution. However, the SPCA of Texas does not actually expect to receive any of this money to help offset costs.

Under the authority of the Ellis County Sheriff's Office, the SPCA of Texas took custody of seven cruelly treated horses and one cruelly treated dog from a property in Waxahachie, Texas on Monday, June 3.

The animals were living on a rural property without access to appropriate food or water. Four of the horses are emaciated, with visual body score of one to two. Horses with body scores of one to two are emaciated or extremely emaciated, meaning that their vertebrae, ribs, tail head and bones of withers, shoulder and neck are visible. For reference, an average horse is healthiest with a body score of between four and six. The dog appears to be suffering from various issues, including extreme hair loss. Additionally, the dog did not have access to appropriate shelter.

The Ellis County Sheriff's Office contacted the SPCA of Texas regarding the animals' conditions. The SPCA of Texas and the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office concurred that the animals were cruelly treated due to neglect through lack of provision of food and water, and, for the dog, lack of provision of shelter and lack of medical attention. The two groups also agreed that it was in the animals' best interest to remove them. The Ellis County Sheriff's Office sought a seizure warrant and the SPCA of Texas took custody of the animals on June 3. SPCA of Texas vehicles transported the animals to the Russell H. Perry Animal Care Center at 8411 Stacey Road, McKinney, TX 75070, where they were examined by medical staff and cared for until the custody hearing.
 
If the SPCA of Texas receives final custody of the animals, they would be individually evaluated for potential adoption or placement on a case by case basis.

To help the SPCA of Texas fund future efforts like this and to support the SPCA of Texas' other programs and services, please visit http://www.spca.org/helptheanimals. To learn more about the SPCA of Texas, please visit our website at http://www.spca.org.

SPCA of Texas Receives Custody of Six Cruelly Treated Dogs Seized from Ellis County Property
6/6/2013

(RED OAK, TX/DALLAS,TX); June 6, 2013—At a custody hearing today at the Ellis County Justice of the Peace, Pct. 2 Courthouse in Waxahachie, TX, the SPCA of Texas received custody of six cruelly treated animals seized from a Red Oak, TX residence to the SPCA of Texas.

Under the authority of the Ellis County Sheriff's Office, the SPCA of Texas took custody of six cruelly treated dogs from a property in Red Oak, TX on Thursday, May 30. The animals were living inside a feces-filled, urine-soaked house on the property.

The animals appear to be suffering from various issues, including eye discharge, hair loss and overgrown nails.

The Ellis County Sheriff's Office contacted the SPCA of Texas regarding the dogs' conditions. Upon further investigation, the SPCA of Texas learned that a neighbor had been providing food for the animals while the animals' owner was hospitalized and in therapy. The neighbor had been given verbal consent to have care, custody and control of the property and the animals while the owner was away, however, the neighbor has been unable to provide appropriate care for the animals.

On Wednesday, May 29, the SPCA of Texas and the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office concurred that the animals were cruelly treated due to neglect and cruel confinement and that it was in the animals' best interest to remove them. The Ellis County Sheriff's Office sought a seizure warrant and the SPCA of Texas took custody of the animals on May 30. SPCA of Texas vehicles transported the animals to the Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center at 2400 Lone Star Drive, Dallas, TX 75212, where they were examined by medical staff and cared for until the custody hearing.

If the SPCA of Texas receives final custody of the animals, they would be individually evaluated for potential adoption or placement on a case by case basis.

To help the SPCA of Texas fund future efforts like this and to support the SPCA of Texas' other programs and services, please visit http://www.spca.org/helptheanimals. To learn more about the SPCA of Texas, please visit our website at http://www.spca.org.

SPCA of Texas Receives Custody of Two Cruelly Treated Dogs Seized from Dallas Residence
6/6/2013

(Dallas, TX) June 6, 2013 – At a custody hearing yesterday at the South Dallas Government Center in Lancaster, Judge Valencia Nash awarded custody of two dogs seized from a Dallas residence on Friday, May 31 to the SPCA of Texas. The SPCA of Texas was also awarded $981.35 in restitution.

Under the authority of the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office’s, the SPCA of Texas took custody of two cruelly treated dogs from a residence in the Oak Cliff neighborhood of Dallas Friday, May 31.

The dogs were being housed in the back yard on the property without access to food or an appropriate water source. One of the dogs had a blue barrel with a hole cut out for shelter, while the other dog did not have a shelter from the elements. Both dogs are so thin that their ribs and hip bones are showing through their skin.

Both dogs were tethered unlawfully in the back yard of the residence, one with a tow chain and one with a smaller gauge chain. Texas Health and Safety Code states that it is illegal to leave a dog chained up between the hours of 10 p.m. and 6 a.m., for longer than 3 hours, when the temperature is below 32 degrees, and/or during a heat advisory or tornado warning. Also, any lawful tether must be at least 10 feet or five times the length of the dog, and choke collars, pinch/prong collars and improperly fitting nylon collars may not be used when tethering a dog.

The SPCA of Texas received a complaint of suspected animal cruelty at the property, and the SPCA of Texas Senior Investigator and Dallas County District Attorney’s Office Special Investigator visited the property on May 31. Upon further investigation, the investigator learned that the dogs' owner had not been to the property in four to five days. The investigator determined that the animals were in poor condition and that they were not being cared for on a daily basis, that it was in the animals’ best interest to remove them, and obtained a seizure warrant.

The SPCA of Texas removed the animals and transported them to the Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center in West Dallas, where they were cared for until the custody hearing. If the SPCA of Texas receives final custody of the animals, they would be individually evaluated for potential adoption or placement on a case by case basis.

The investigation of this case is made possible by the first-of-its-kind
partnership between the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office’s Animal Cruelty Unit and the SPCA of Texas. This partnership’s goal is to investigate cruelty complaints, remove animals that are being cruelly treated and prosecute individuals who abuse, torture and kill animals, holding them accountable to the fullest extent of the law.

To help support the SPCA of Texas and its efforts to help abused, neglected and homeless animals and to support the SPCA of Texas' other programs and services, please visit www.spca.org/helptheanimals. To learn more about the SPCA of Texas, please visit our website at www.spca.org.

Dallas County District Attorney’s Office Animal Cruelty Unit

The Animal Cruelty Unit is a specialized division of the DA’s office dedicated to protecting animals from neglect and mistreatment. The vision of the new Unit is to be the voice for the voiceless, ensure justice and maintain safety for all Dallas County citizens.

With over 2,500 cases of animal cruelty reported in 2012, animal cruelty continues to be a serious problem throughout Dallas County. Recognizing the need for effective prosecution of offenders that neglect, torture and kill animals, the DA’s office sends a strong message to their perpetrators: Dallas County will not tolerate animal abuse.

Dallas County Commissioner Elba Garcia initiated a collaborative effort, bringing together the District Attorney’s Office, former Dallas County Commissioner Maureen Dickey, Gary Griffith representing Safer Dallas Better Dallas, and a variety of animal advocates, all of who were instrumental in the formation of the Dallas County Animal Cruelty Unit.

Felony Trial Bureau Chief, David Alex oversees the unit comprised of Assistant District Attorney Debbie Smith and Investigator Steve Wilson. Art Munoz, Senior Investigator for the SPCA of Texas Rescue & Investigations department, is also a Special Investigator for the District Attorney’s Office.

SPCA of Texas

The SPCA of Texas is the leading animal welfare agency in North Texas. The non-profit organization operates two shelters and three spay/neuter clinics located in Dallas and McKinney, and maintains a team of five animal cruelty investigators to respond to thousands of calls in eight North Texas counties. Moreover, the SPCA of Texas serves as an active resource center for an array of services that bring people and animals together to enrich each other’s lives.

The SPCA of Texas is not affiliated with any other entity and does not receive general operating funds from the City of Dallas, State of Texas, federal government or any other humane organization. The SPCA of Texas is dedicated to providing every animal exceptional care and a loving home. For additional information about the SPCA of Texas, visit www.spca.org.

 

 

SPCA of Texas Reminds Pet Owners to Keep Pets Safe in Summer Heat
6/5/2013

DALLAS, TX/McKINNEY, TX); June 5, 2013 Ready or not, the hot weather is here, complete with 90-plus degree temperatures that not only affect people, but also our animal companions. Of course, keeping your pets happy and healthy year-round is of the utmost importance, but be extra mindful of your pets’ changing needs during those hot summer months in Texas.

The SPCA of Texas receives an average of eight calls a day reporting suspected animal cruelty. Almost half of those reports involve animals being denied food, water and/or shelter.  In extreme cases, our humane services officers file criminal charges; most of the time, a dose of education is what’s needed. To report animal cruelty, please visit spca.org/abuse, or call 214-461-1850.

The SPCA of Texas urges pet owners to keep the following in mind during the hot summer months to protect their animal friends:

  • Walk dogs early in the morning or in the evening hours instead of in the middle of the day when it’s hottest. Overweight and older pets are more likely to overheat during hot weather, so it is important to keep them fit and trim.
  • Some pet owners prefer to leave their animal friends outside. If that is the case, your pet must always have shelter available to protect it from extreme temperatures and inclement weather. Also, consider providing a wading pool filled with water for your companion to cool off in during the hot days of summer.
  • Consider installing a doggie door. Dogs can visit the potty area outside and access the air-conditioned house during the day.
  • Provide your pet with fresh, cool water every day in a tip-proof bowl. Remember that metal bowls left in the sun can get hot, so always put water bowls in the shade. Don’t forget the ice!
  • Allow water hoses to run for several seconds or minutes--until water cools--before spraying your dog or filling his water bowl.
  • Keep your pet well groomed, but resist the temptation to shave off all of his hair in an effort to keep him cool. A pet’s coat can protect him from sunburn and acts as cooling insulation.  
  • Don’t let your dog ride in the back of an open vehicle unless he can be safely tethered to the center where he is unable to reach the sides and can stand or sit on a slip proof, cool surface. Truck beds and metal surfaces get extremely hot in the summer and can burn paw pads.
  • Never leave your pet in a parked car, even with the windows cracked. It takes only minutes for a dog or cat to suffer a heat stroke. On an 85-degree day, for example, the temperature inside a locked car can reach 120 degrees in under ten minutes. Should you see a pet left alone in a parked car, please call 911.
  • Be sure that your pet lives a happy and healthy life by making sure to have them spayed or neutered, keep them current on vaccinations, have them microchipped to ensure that they can come home if they get lost, have current tags on an appropriate collar and of course visit the veterinarian annually or on the schedule your veterinarian recommends. 

As always, check with your veterinarian for all your pets’ healthcare needs and visit www.spca.org for more happy, healthy pet tips!

 

 

 

 

 

SPCA of Texas Takes Custody of Eight Cruelly Treated Animals from Ellis County Property
6/3/2013

(WAXAHACHIE, TX/DALLAS,TX); June 3, 2013—This morning, under the authority of the Ellis County Sheriff's Office, the SPCA of Texas took custody of seven cruelly treated horses and one cruelly treated dog from a property in Waxahachie, Texas.

The animals are living on a rural property without access to appropriate food or water. Four of the horses are emaciated, with visual body score of one to two. Horses with body scores of one to two are emaciated or extremely emaciated, meaning that their vertebrae, ribs, tail head and bones of withers, shoulder and neck are visible. For reference, an average horse is healthiest with a body score of between four and six. The dog appears to be suffering from various issues, including extreme hair loss. Additionally, the dog did not have access to appropriate shelter.

The Ellis County Sheriff's Office contacted the SPCA of Texas regarding the animals' conditions. The SPCA of Texas and the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office concurred that the animals were cruelly treated due to neglect through lack of provision of food and water, and, for the dog, lack of provision of shelter and lack of medical attention. The two groups also agreed that it was in the animals' best interest to remove them. The Ellis County Sheriff's Office sought a seizure warrant and the SPCA of Texas took custody of the animals today. SPCA of Texas vehicles transported the animals to the Russell H. Perry Animal Care Center at 8411 Stacey Road, McKinney, TX 75070, where they will be examined by medical staff and cared for until the custody hearing.

The custody hearing will take place on Thursday, June 6 at 10 a.m. at the Ellis County Justice of the Peace, Pct. 2 Courthouse at 701 S. I-35, Suite #1 in Waxahachie, TX, Judge Jackie Miller, Jr. presiding. 

If the SPCA of Texas is awarded custody of the animals, they would be individually evaluated for potential adoption or placement on a case by case basis.

To help the SPCA of Texas fund future efforts like this and to support the SPCA of Texas' other programs and services, please visit http://www.spca.org/helptheanimals. To learn more about the SPCA of Texas, please visit our website at http://www.spca.org.

SPCA of Texas and Dallas County District Attorney’s Office Seize Two Cruelly Treated Dogs from Dallas Residence
5/31/2013

(Dallas, TX) May 31, 2013 – Under the authority of the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office’s, the SPCA of Texas took custody of two cruelly treated dogs from a residence in the Oak Cliff neighborhood of Dallas today.

The dogs were being housed in the back yard on the property without access to food or an appropriate water source. One of the dogs had a blue barrel with a hole cut out for shelter, while the other dog did not have a shelter from the elements. Both dogs are so thin that their ribs and hip bones are showing through their skin.

Both dogs were tethered unlawfully in the back yard of the residence, one with a tow chain and one with a smaller gauge chain. Texas Health and Safety Code states that it is illegal to leave a dog chained up between the hours of 10 p.m. and 6 a.m., for longer than 3 hours, when the temperature is below 32 degrees, and/or during a heat advisory or tornado warning. Also, any lawful tether must be at least 10 feet or fives times the length of the dog, and choke collars, pinch/prong collars and improperly fitting nylon collars may not be used when tethering a dog.

The SPCA of Texas received a complaint of suspected animal cruelty at the property, and the SPCA of Texas Senior Investigator and Dallas County District Attorney’s Office Special Investigator visited the property today. Upon further investigation, the investigator learned that the dogs' owner had not been to the property in four to five days. The investigator determined that the animals were in poor condition and that they were not being cared for on a daily basis, that it was in the animals’ best interest to remove them, and obtained a seizure warrant.

The SPCA of Texas removed the animals, transporting them to the Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center in West Dallas, where they will be cared for until the custody hearing.

The custody hearing for the dogs is scheduled for Wednesday, June 5 at 11 a.m. at the South Dallas Government Center located at 107 Texas Street, Lancaster, TX 75146, Judge Valencia Nash presiding.

The investigation of this case is made possible by the first-of-its-kind partnership between the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office’s Animal Cruelty Unit and the SPCA of Texas. This partnership’s goal is to investigate cruelty complaints, remove animals that are being cruelly treated and prosecute individuals who abuse, torture and kill animals, holding them accountable to the fullest extent of the law.

To help support the SPCA of Texas and its efforts to help abused, neglected and homeless animals and to support the SPCA of Texas' other programs and services, please visit www.spca.org/helptheanimals. To learn more about the SPCA of Texas, please visit our website at www.spca.org.

Dallas County District Attorney’s Office Animal Cruelty Unit
The Animal Cruelty Unit is a specialized division of the DA’s office dedicated to protecting animals from neglect and mistreatment. The vision of the new Unit is to be the voice for the voiceless, ensure justice and maintain safety for all Dallas County citizens.

With over 2,500 cases of animal cruelty reported in 2012, animal cruelty continues to be a serious problem throughout Dallas County. Recognizing the need for effective prosecution of offenders that neglect, torture and kill animals, the DA’s office sends a strong message to their perpetrators: Dallas County will not tolerate animal abuse.

Dallas County Commissioner Elba Garcia initiated a collaborative effort, bringing together the District Attorney’s Office, former Dallas County Commissioner Maureen Dickey, Gary Griffith representing Safer Dallas Better Dallas, and a variety of animal advocates, all of who were instrumental in the formation of the Dallas County Animal Cruelty Unit.

Felony Trial Bureau Chief, David Alex oversees the unit comprised of Assistant District Attorney Debbie Smith and Investigator Steve Wilson. Art Munoz, Senior Investigator for the SPCA of Texas Rescue & Investigations department, is also a Special Investigator for the District Attorney’s Office.

SPCA of Texas
The SPCA of Texas is the leading animal welfare agency in North Texas. The non-profit organization operates two shelters and three spay/neuter clinics located in Dallas and McKinney, and maintains a team of five animal cruelty investigators to respond to thousands of calls in eight North Texas counties. Moreover, the SPCA of Texas serves as an active resource center for an array of services that bring people and animals together to enrich each other’s lives.

The SPCA of Texas is not affiliated with any other entity and does not receive general operating funds from the City of Dallas, State of Texas, federal government or any other humane organization. The SPCA of Texas is dedicated to providing every animal exceptional care and a loving home. For additional information about the SPCA of Texas, visit www.spca.org.

SPCA of Texas Takes Custody of Six Cruelly Treated Dogs from Ellis County Property
5/30/2013

(RED OAK, TX/DALLAS,TX); May 30, 2013—This morning, under the authority of the Ellis County Sheriff's Office, the SPCA of Texas took custody of six cruelly treated dogs from a property in Red Oak, Texas. The animals were living inside a feces-filled, urine-soaked house on the property.

The animals appear to be suffering from various issues, including eye discharge, hair loss and overgrown nails.

The Ellis County Sheriff's Office contacted the SPCA of Texas regarding the dogs' conditions. Upon further investigation, the SPCA of Texas learned that a neighbor had been providing food for the animals while the animals' owner was hospitalized and in therapy. The neighbor had been given verbal consent to have care, custody and control of the property and the animals while the owner was away, however, the neighbor has been unable to provide appropriate care for the animals.

Yesterday, the SPCA of Texas and the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office concurred that the animals were cruelly treated due to neglect and cruel confinement and that it was in the animals' best interest to remove them. The Ellis County Sheriff's Office sought a seizure warrant and the SPCA of Texas took custody of the animals today. SPCA of Texas vehicles transported the animals to the Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center at 2400 Lone Star Drive, Dallas, TX 75212, where they will be examined by medical staff and cared for until the custody hearing.

The custody hearing will take place on Thursday, June 6 at 10:30 a.m. at the Ellis County Justice of the Peace, Pct. 2 Courthouse at 701 S. I-35, Suite #1 in Waxahachie, TX, Judge Jackie Miller, Jr. presiding. 

If the SPCA of Texas is awarded custody of the animals, they would be individually evaluated for potential adoption or placement on a case by case basis.

To help the SPCA of Texas fund future efforts like this and to support the SPCA of Texas' other programs and services, please visit http://www.spca.org/helptheanimals. To learn more about the SPCA of Texas, please visit our website at http://www.spca.org.

SPCA of Texas to Transfer Approximately 70 Dogs, Cats from the Central Oklahoma Humane Society in the Aftermath of Deadly Oklahoma Tornadoes
5/22/2013

(OKLAHOMA CITY, OK; McKINNEY, TX) May 22/23, 2013 – Late tonight, the SPCA of Texas will transport approximately 70 dogs and cats from the Central Oklahoma Humane Society to the SPCA of Texas' Russell H. Perry Animal Care Center in McKinney in the wake of Monday’s deadly tornadoes in Oklahoma. Transport vehicles are expected to arrive at the Russell H. Perry Animal Care Center between Midnight and 1 a.m. tonight with the animals.

This transfer will free up space at the Central Oklahoma Humane Society so the group may respond to animals affected by the storm and allow the owners of lost pets to find their family members close to where they live. The SPCA of Texas is on standby to transfer more animals from the Central Oklahoma Humane Society in the coming days if needed.

The SPCA of Texas contacted the Central Oklahoma Humane Society on Tuesday to offer support by providing for the care and placement of these animals, which were already waiting to find new homes at the Central Oklahoma Humane Society at the time of the transfer. The SPCA of Texas will immediately begin evaluating the animals for placement or adoption and provide spay or neuter surgery for those not already sterilized.

In an effort to create room for these incoming dogs and cats, the SPCA of Texas is offering a 50% discount off of all adoption fees for dogs and cats on Friday, May 24; Saturday, May 25; and Sunday, May 26 at the Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center at 2400 Lone Star Drive in Dallas and the Russell H. Perry Animal Care Center at 8411 Stacy Rd. in McKinney. These shelters are open seven days a week from noon to 6 p.m.

The SPCA of Texas’ Russell H. Perry Animal Care Center’s admitting department will not available to the general public on Thursday, though the organization will continue to admit animals who were previously adopted at the SPCA of Texas and animals that owners bring to the organization to be humanely euthanized. The organization expects the admitting department to be opened back up on Friday. Adoptions will continue as normal at both shelters, and the admitting department at the Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center will remain open as usual.

The SPCA of Texas asks the community to come forward and open their homes and their hearts to these animals and the hundreds already waiting for homes in the SPCA of Texas' two North Texas-area shelters. Further, the SPCA of Texas encourages people who have been considering adding a pet to their family to adopt and give these shelter animals a loving home.

If now is not the best time to introduce a new best friend to the family, the SPCA of Texas encourages people to help by giving to the SPCA of Texas at www.spca.org/disasterrelief. Support from the community at this time is especially critical, as this is the third disaster that the SPCA of Texas has responded to in the last month, and the SPCA of Texas' resources are always stretched to the maximum.

To learn more about the SPCA of Texas, to help the SPCA of Texas fund future efforts like this and to support the SPCA of Texas' other programs and services, please visit www.spca.org.

SPCA of Texas Awarded Custody of Two Cruelly Treated Dogs Seized from Dallas Residence
5/17/2013

First Seizure of New Partnership between SPCA of Texas and Dallas County District Attorney’s Office’s Animal Cruelty Unit

(Dallas, TX) May 17, 2013 – At a custody hearing yesterday at the South Dallas Government Center in Lancaster, Judge Valencia Nash awarded custody of two dogs seized from a Dallas residence on May 9 to the SPCA of Texas. The SPCA of Texas was also awarded $1,462.75 in restitution. However, the organization does not actually expect to receive any of this money to help offset costs.

If the animal owner does not file an appeal in the next ten days, the SPCA of Texas will at that time individually evaluate the animals for adoption or placement on a case by case basis. The Special Investigator for the District Attorney’s Office will be filing criminal charges in this case.

Under the authority of the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office’s, the SPCA of Texas took custody of two cruelly treated dogs from a residence in the Pleasant Grove neighborhood of Dallas on May 9.

The dogs were being housed in the back yard on the property without access to food or water. Both dogs are thin, and one is so thin its ribs and hip bones are showing through its skin. Both dogs were infested with ticks in their ears, between their toes and on their bodies. 

This seizure is the first for the new, first-of-its-kind partnership between the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office’s Animal Cruelty Unit and the SPCA of Texas. This partnership’s goal is to investigate cruelty complaints, remove animals that are being cruelly treated and prosecute individuals who abuse, torture and kill animals, holding them accountable to the fullest extent of the law.

The SPCA of Texas received a complaint of suspected animal cruelty at the property, and the SPCA of Texas Senior Investigator and Dallas County District Attorney’s Office Special Investigator visited the property on April 30. The investigator visited the property multiple times in the following days and left two tags on the front door of the residence, requesting that the owner contact the SPCA of Texas about bringing the dogs’ conditions into compliance with Texas Health and Safety Code. The owner did not respond to either tag.

The investigator determined that it was in the animals’ best interest to remove them, and obtained a seizure warrant on May 8. Upon arriving at the property that morning, the investigator made contact with the animal owner, who agreed that the dogs were in bad shape and that he was unable to care for them. The animal owner also stated that he had been treating the dogs’ tick infestation by washing them with dish washing soap. Dish washing soap is not an effective means of treating dogs for ticks.

The SPCA of Texas removed the animals, transporting them to the Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center in West Dallas the same day, where they were cared for until the custody hearing.

To help support the SPCA of Texas and its efforts to help abused, neglected and homeless animals and to support the SPCA of Texas' other programs and services, please visit www.spca.org/helptheanimals. To learn more about the SPCA of Texas, please visit our website at www.spca.org.

Dallas County District Attorney’s Office Animal Cruelty Unit
The Animal Cruelty Unit is a specialized division of the DA’s office dedicated to protecting animals from neglect and mistreatment. The vision of the new Unit is to be the voice for the voiceless, ensure justice and maintain safety for all Dallas County citizens.

With over 2,500 cases of animal cruelty reported in 2012, animal cruelty continues to be a serious problem throughout Dallas County. Recognizing the need for effective prosecution of offenders that neglect, torture and kill animals, the DA’s office sends a strong message to their perpetrators: Dallas County will not tolerate animal abuse.

Dallas County Commissioner Elba Garcia initiated a collaborative effort, bringing together the District Attorney’s Office, former Dallas County Commissioner Maureen Dickey, Gary Griffith representing Safer Dallas Better Dallas, and a variety of animal advocates, all of who were instrumental in the formation of the Dallas County Animal Cruelty Unit.

Felony Trial Bureau Chief, David Alex oversees the unit comprised of Assistant District Attorney Debbie Smith and Investigator Steve Wilson. Art Munoz, Senior Investigator for the SPCA of Texas Rescue & Investigations department, is also a Special Investigator for the District Attorney’s Office.

SPCA of Texas
The SPCA of Texas is the leading animal welfare agency in North Texas. The non-profit organization operates two shelters and three spay/neuter clinics located in Dallas and McKinney, and maintains a team of five animal cruelty investigators to respond to thousands of calls in eight North Texas counties. Moreover, the SPCA of Texas serves as an active resource center for an array of services that bring people and animals together to enrich each other’s lives.

The SPCA of Texas is not affiliated with any other entity and does not receive general operating funds from the City of Dallas, State of Texas, federal government or any other humane organization. The SPCA of Texas is dedicated to providing every animal exceptional care and a loving home. For additional information about the SPCA of Texas, visit www.spca.org.

 

 

SPCA of Texas Transfers 12 Dogs from the Ellis County SPCA in the Aftermath of Deadly North Texas Tornadoes
5/16/2013

On Standby to Transfer Animals from Granbury Animal Control

(WAXAHACHIE, TX; McKINNEY, TX) May 16, 2013 -- On Thursday, May 16, the SPCA of Texas transported 12 dogs from the Ellis County SPCA to the SPCA of Texas' Russell H. Perry Animal Care Center in McKinney in the wake of Wednesday night's deadly North Texas Tornadoes. This transfer will free up space at the Ellis County SPCA so the group may respond to animals affected by the storm and allow the owners of lost pets to find their family members close to where they live.

The SPCA of Texas also reached out to several other groups that may have been affected by the storm, and is on standby to transfer animals from Granbury Animal Control if needed.

To view and download photos of this transfer, visit https://www.dropbox.com/sh/k3cihlpystrma6x/8_ayiNagxN.

The SPCA of Texas contacted the Ellis County SPCA today to offer support by providing for the care and placement of these animals, who were already waiting to find new homes at the Ellis County SPCA at the time of the transfer. The SPCA of Texas will immediately begin evaluating the dogs for placement or adoption and provide spay or neuter surgery for those not already sterilized.

The Ellis County SPCA has plenty of space for incoming cats at this time, however their kennels were already near capacity with dogs before the storm hit. To continue to support the Ellis County SPCA, the SPCA of Texas may transfer more dogs in the coming days as other dogs that were in the shelter before the storm hit become available for adoption as their stray hold periods expire.

The SPCA of Texas asks the community to come forward and open their homes and their hearts to these animals and the hundreds already waiting for homes in the SPCA of Texas' two North Texas-area shelters. Further, the SPCA of Texas encourages people who have been considering adding a pet to their family to adopt and give these shelter animals a loving home.

If now is not the best time to introduce a new best friend to the family, the SPCA of Texas encourages people to help by giving to the SPCA of Texas at www.spca.org/donate.

To learn more about the SPCA of Texas, to help the SPCA of Texas fund future efforts like this and to support the SPCA of Texas' other programs and services, please visit www.spca.org

SPCA of Texas and Dallas County District Attorney’s Office Seize Two Cruelly Treated Dogs from Dallas Residence
5/9/2013

First Seizure of New Partnership between SPCA of Texas and Dallas County District Attorney’s Office’s Animal Cruelty Unit

(Dallas, TX) May 9, 2013 – Under the authority of the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office’s, the SPCA of Texas took custody of two cruelly treated dogs from a residence in the Pleasant Grove neighborhood of Dallas yesterday.

The dogs were being housed in the back yard on the property without access to food or water. Both dogs are thin, and one is so thin its ribs and hip bones are showing through its skin. Both dogs are infested with ticks in their ears, between their toes and on their bodies.

This seizure is the first for the new, first-of-its-kind partnership between the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office’s Animal Cruelty Unit and the SPCA of Texas. This partnership’s goal is to investigate cruelty complaints, remove animals that are being cruelly treated and prosecute individuals who abuse, torture and kill animals, holding them accountable to the fullest extent of the law.

The SPCA of Texas received a complaint of suspected animal cruelty at the property, and the SPCA of Texas Senior Investigator and Dallas County District Attorney’s Office Special Investigator visited the property on April 30. The investigator visited the property multiple times in the following days and left two tags on the front door of the residence, requesting that the owner contact the SPCA of Texas about bringing the dogs’ conditions into compliance with Texas Health and Safety Code. The owner did not respond to either tag.

The investigator determined that it was in the animals’ best interest to remove them, and obtained a seizure warrant on May 8. Upon arriving at the property that morning, the investigator made contact with the animal owner, who agreed that the dogs were in bad shape and that he was unable to care for them. The animal owner also stated that he had been treating the dogs’ tick infestation by washing them with dish washing soap. Dish washing soap is not an effective means of treating dogs for ticks.

The SPCA of Texas removed the animals, transporting them to the Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center in West Dallas the same day, where they will be cared for until the custody hearing.

The custody hearing for the dogs is scheduled for Thursday, May 16 at 11 a.m. at the South Dallas Government Center located at 107 Texas Street, Lancaster, TX 75146, Judge Valencia Nash presiding.

To help support the SPCA of Texas and its efforts to help abused, neglected and homeless animals and to support the SPCA of Texas' other programs and services, please visit www.spca.org/helptheanimals. To learn more about the SPCA of Texas, please visit our website at www.spca.org.

Dallas County District Attorney’s Office Animal Cruelty Unit
The Animal Cruelty Unit is a specialized division of the DA’s office dedicated to protecting animals from neglect and mistreatment. The vision of the new Unit is to be the voice for the voiceless, ensure justice and maintain safety for all Dallas County citizens.
With over 2,500 cases of animal cruelty reported in 2012, animal cruelty continues to be a serious problem throughout Dallas County. Recognizing the need for effective prosecution of offenders that neglect, torture and kill animals, the DA’s office sends a strong message to their perpetrators: Dallas County will not tolerate animal abuse.

Dallas County Commissioner Elba Garcia initiated a collaborative effort, bringing together the District Attorney’s Office, former Dallas County Commissioner Maureen Dickey, Gary Griffith representing Safer Dallas Better Dallas, and a variety of animal advocates, all of who were instrumental in the formation of the Dallas County Animal Cruelty Unit.

Felony Trial Bureau Chief, David Alex oversees the unit comprised of Assistant District Attorney Debbie Smith and Investigator Steve Wilson. Art Munoz, Senior Investigator for the SPCA of Texas Rescue & Investigations department, is also a Special Investigator for the District Attorney’s Office.

SPCA of Texas
The SPCA of Texas is the leading animal welfare agency in North Texas. The non-profit organization operates two shelters and three spay/neuter clinics located in Dallas and McKinney, and maintains a team of five animal cruelty investigators to respond to thousands of calls in eight North Texas counties. Moreover, the SPCA of Texas serves as an active resource center for an array of services that bring people and animals together to enrich each other’s lives.

The SPCA of Texas is not affiliated with any other entity and does not receive general operating funds from the City of Dallas, State of Texas, federal government or any other humane organization. The SPCA of Texas is dedicated to providing every animal exceptional care and a loving home. For additional information about the SPCA of Texas, visit www.spca.org.

SPCA of Texas Transfers 57 Dogs from the Humane Society of Central Texas in the Aftermath of the Explosion in West, TX
4/18/2013

 

Offers 50% Off All Adoptions Saturday, April 20 and Sunday, April 21 to Make Room for Incoming Pets

(DALLAS, TX; McKINNEY, TX) April 18, 2013 -- Transport vehicles will arrive at the SPCA of Texas' Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center in Dallas, TX at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 18 with 57 dogs transferred from the Humane Society of Central Texas in Waco in the aftermath of the explosion in West, TX.

In an effort to create room for these incoming dogs and cats, the SPCA of Texas is offering a 50% discount off of all adoption fees for dogs and cats on Saturday, April 20 and Sunday, April 21 at the Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center at 2400 Lone Star Drive in Dallas and the Russell H. Perry Animal Care Center at 8411 Stacy Rd. in McKinney. These shelters are open seven days a week from noon to 6 p.m.

The SPCA of Texas contacted the Humane Society of Central Texas today to offer support by providing for the care and placement of these animals, who were already waiting to find new homes at the Humane Society of Central Texas at the time of the transfer. This transfer will allow the Humane Society of Central Texas to respond to animals in need, and allow the owners of lost pets to find their family members close to where they live. The SPCA of Texas will immediately begin individually evaluating the transferred animals for placement or adoption and provide spay or neuter surgery for those animals not already sterilized.

Currently, further assistance has not been requested for the rescue of animals in West, TX, however, the SPCA of Texas is at the ready to provide additional support. The SPCA of Texas is networked in with the North Texas Emergency Management System and has Memoranda of Understanding with several city, municipal and county authorities regarding disaster response, specifically assisting animals. These authorities know what resources the SPCA of Texas can bring to bear. The SPCA of Texas reached out to these entities as stands ready to answer their call.

The SPCA of Texas does not self-deploy in situations such as this. The organization follows the emergency incident command system set up by municipal, county, state and federal authorities, and is ready, willing and able to provide our support. The SPCA of Texas has staff members who are certified in disaster response, as are all credentialed response teams.

The SPCA of Texas asks the community to come forward and open their homes and their hearts to these animals and the hundreds already waiting for homes in the SPCA of Texas' two North Texas-area shelters. The SPCA of Texas encourages people who have been considering adding a pet to their family to adopt and give these shelter animals a loving home.

If now is not the best time to introduce a new best friend to the family, the SPCA of Texas encourages people to help by giving to the SPCA of Texas at www.spca.org/donate. Support from the community at this time is especially critical, as the SPCA of Texas' resources are always stretched to the maximum.

To learn more about the SPCA of Texas, to help the SPCA of Texas fund future efforts like this and to support the SPCA of Texas' other programs and services, please visit www.spca.org.

Chocolate rabbits make the best Easter gifts!
3/29/2013

Chocolate rabbits make the best Easter gifts!

SPCA of Texas encourages responsible rabbit, chick and duckling ownership

(DALLAS, TX/McKINNEY,TX); March 27, 2013--Easter egg hunts, colorful candy-filled baskets and family gatherings are all wonderful ways to celebrate Easter. As the Easter bunny comes hippety-hopping to make his yearly visit, the SPCA of Texas reminds the public that rabbits, chicks and ducklings do not make good gifts.  

Pet ownership is not something to be entered into lightly, and it is important that the entire family make the decision to commit to caring for a pet. Most bunnies, chicks and ducklings bought on the spur of the moment end up being abandoned or taken to shelters because families are not able to provide them with the long-term care they need to thrive. Sadly, those that aren’t surrendered to shelters do not survive past their first birthday.

Although the idea of furry, fuzzy, fluff balls hopping through the fresh, spring grass may seem appealing, it is important to consider the following before adding these little ones to your family:

  • Rabbits, chicks and ducklings are not “low maintenance” pets and are not a good choice for small children, who like pets they can hold and snuggle with.
  • The average lifespan for a rabbit is 7-10 years, and the average chicken or duck lives to be about 8-12 years old. Some chickens can live to be up to 25 years old!
  • These little ones are not passive and cuddly; rather, they are ground-loving creatures who feel frightened and insecure when held or restrained. They are also fragile and their legs and spine can easily break if they are dropped or handled roughly.
  • Rabbits require as much or more care as a dog or cat. They need to live indoors as part of the family, they need their hutches cleaned daily, and they should be spayed or neutered.
  • Chickens and ducks require specialized diets, habitats and care to stay happy and healthy.

Before adding a rabbit, a chick or a duckling to your family, the SPCA of Texas urges you and your family to do your research and make sure that they are the appropriate pet choice for your lifestyle. Otherwise, help end the cycle of abandoned Easter rabbits, chicks and ducklings and buy your child a chocolate bunny or a plush chick or duckling instead. Don’t forget to also keep Easter candy away from your furry family members, as their tummies do not agree with sweets like ours do, and chocolate can be fatal for pets.

For more information, or to view all the available pets looking for loving homes at the SPCA of Texas, visit www.spca.org or call 214-742-SPCA (7722).

SPCA of Texas Receives Custody of Eleven Cruelly Treated Livestock Animals from Gunter, TX Property
3/5/2013
Before a custody hearing on March 14 at the Grayson County Justice of the Peace, Pct. 1 Justice Center in Sherman, TX, an agreement was reached between the SPCA of Texas and the animal owner, signed by Judge Larry Atherton, for the animal owner to relinquish ownership of eleven livestock animals to the SPCA of Texas. The animals will now be individually evaluated for potential adoption or placement on a case by case basis.
 
Under the authority of the Grayson County Sheriff’s Department, the SPCA of Texas took custody of eleven cruelly treated livestock animals—seven goats, two horses, one steer and one pig—from a property near Gunter, TX on March 5. One deceased goat and one deceased colt were also found on the property.

One horse, a stud, and one steer, both thin, were housed in a fenced-in yard without grass, food or water. Three goats were found living in a fenced-in area near a trailer on the property. One pig was kept in a horse trailer. The pig has severe mange. A metal building with open ends contained four live goats and one deceased goat. Another horse, a mare, was found inside a fenced-in pasture along with a deceased colt. This horse was very thin and did not have access to water.

All of the animals were being fed straw instead of hay. A diet of straw does not provide appropriate nutrients for livestock animals. What little water there was on the property was contaminated and undrinkable.

The Grayson County Sheriff’s Office called the SPCA of Texas on March 4 regarding the animals’ conditions. An SPCA of Texas Investigator visited the property the same day and found the animals to be cruelly treated, as the animals did not have access to appropriate food and water. The Investigator then contacted the Grayson County Sheriff's Office. After arriving on the property, the Sheriff’s Office and the SPCA of Texas concurred that it was in the animals' best interest to remove them.

The Grayson County Sheriff's Department obtained a seizure warrant on March 5, and the SPCA of Texas transported the animals to the Russell H. Perry Animal Care Center in McKinney, where they were cared for until the custody hearing.

To help support the SPCA of Texas and its efforts to help abused, neglected and homeless animals and to support the SPCA of Texas' other programs and services, please visit www.spca.org/helptheanimals. To learn more about the SPCA of Texas, please visit our website at www.spca.org.

Paws Cause 2013: Paws Cause Goes Hollywoof
3/1/2013
Event to be Held This Sunday, March 3 at Sambuca in Uptown Dallas to Benefit the SPCA of Texas’ Village Fair Spay/Neuter & Wellness Clinic 

Beautiful 2013 Paws Cause Calendars Available for Purchase Online

(Dallas, TX) March 1, 2013 – Join us on the red carpet at Paws Cause 2013, Paws Cause “Goes Hollywoof,” where glamour, glitz and star power rules! And it is all to help Dallas become a more compassionate community, where every adoptable animal has a loving home. This star-studded, fun-filled event—to be held this Sunday, March 3 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Sambuca in Uptown Dallas—will feature delicious food, famous cocktails, fantastic entertainment and an irresistible silent auction.

A limited number of tickets will be available at the door on Sunday night. Ticket prices are $150 for an individual, $300 for a couple, $250 for a patron-level individual and $500 for a patron-level couple.

Paws Cause 2013 is the most successful event so far, thanks to Honorary Chairs, Stacey and Don Kivowitz, and Co-Chairs, Cassie Evans, Andie Comini and Jane Arrington. The compassionate, mission-minded volunteers of Paws Cause have been assisting the SPCA of Texas for a total of more than 25 years, and their work has saved thousands of lives.

“Animal overpopulation is one of the most urgent problems facing the Dallas Metroplex. By supporting the great work of the SPCA Spay/Neuter Clinic at Village Fair over the years, we are able to ensure the continuation of the services so necessary to combat this problem,” states co-chair Cassie Evans. “My hope is that by raising funds at Paws Cause 2013, we can reduce the number of unwanted animals, as well assist people in caring for their beloved pets.

All money raised through Paws Cause 2013 will go directly to the SPCA of Texas Clinic at Village Fair to help provide more than 12,000 free and low cost surgeries and 15,000 health and wellness treatments in 2013.  

The annual event will feature a fabulous silent auction, Bone Appetit restaurant raffle and a cork pull. The cork pull and Bone Appetit restaurant raffle will each be $25 per selection the night of the event. Attire is casual, and valet parking will be available. 

Paws Cause is also famous for its stunning desk calendars, on sale at www.spca.org/pawscause. This year’s must-have edition is a beautiful Green with Envy Green, and its pages feature Dallas’ who’s who and their beloved pets.

About Paws Cause

Paws Cause is a group of wonderful volunteers who raise funds to support the SPCA of Texas’ Spay/Neuter and Wellness Clinic at Village Fair in South Dallas, which serves more than 20,000 pets each year. Last year, Paws Cause raised more than $200,000 to provide affordable spay/neuter surgeries to combat the heartbreaking problem of unwanted litters.

SPCA of Texas Awarded Custody of 22 Cruelly Treated, Neglected Dogs Seized from Kemp,TX Property
2/19/2013

(KAUFMAN COUNTY, TX; McKINNEY, TX); February 19, 2013 -- At a custody hearing today at the Kaufman County Justice of the Peace, Pct. 4 Courthouse in Kemp, TX, Judge Johnny Adams awarded custody of 22 cruelly treated dogs seized from a Kaufman County property last Wednesday to the SPCA of Texas. The SPCA of Texas was awarded $5,767.35 in restitution. However, the SPCA of Texas does not actually expect to receieve any of this money to help offset costs.

If the animal owner does not file an appeal in the next ten days, the SPCA of Texas will at that time individually evaluate the animals for adoption or placement on a case by case basis

Wednesday, February 13, under the authority of the Kaufman County Sheriff’s Department, the SPCA of Texas took custody of 22 cruelly treated, neglected dogs and puppies from a property near Kemp, TX. To view photos taken at the scene, visit https://www.dropbox.com/sh/x95ldhd8zsu1hkh/LyhyH4ZKAt.

Most of the dogs were housed in cruel confinement and are suffering from a variety of health issues due to medical neglect, including eye discharge and other eye issues, enflamed skin and other skin issues, hair loss and long nails. One dog, a Basset Hound, had toenails so overgrown that one nail had permanently hooked over another toe and appeared stuck. One dog, a Chow mix, had so much hair loss, that his raw, enflamed skin was visible over most of his body.

Twelve of the dogs were housed in a small shed only large enough to fit a full-sized bed and a small, makeshift kitchen and closet. The odor of feces and urine could be smelled several feet away from the door to this shed, and was overwhelming inside of it. Eight of the dogs and puppies were housed in a large trailer that was so full of furniture, garbage, urine and feces that investigators had to carefully navigate a maze of refuse and feces. Two of the dogs were found inside small, makeshift pens in the yard. One of these pens was filled with feces.

A deputy with the Kaufman County Sheriff’s Department contacted the SPCA of Texas regarding the dogs on February 12 with information regarding the dogs' conditions. An SPCA of Texas Investigator visited the property the same day and concurred with the Kaufman County Sheriff's Department that it was in the dogs' best interest to remove them. During this visit, the SPCA of Texas Investigator observed a deceased dog that had been placed inside a dog food bag. The dog's body was so badly decomposed that it had begun to liquify. The Kaufman County Sheriff's Department obtained a seizure warrant on Wednesday, February 13, and the SPCA of Texas transported the dogs to the Perry Animal Care Center in McKinney, where they were cared for until today's custody hearing. 

"I appreciate Kaufman County officials for moving quickly to ensure these neglected dogs began receiving the care they so sorely needed", said Art Muñoz, Senior Investigator for the SPCA of Texas. "There is no excuse for neglecting animals to this extent, and the SPCA of Texas works hard to be a resource for people who may be struggling and in need of assistance. We have programs and services in place so that these situations can be avoided."

To help support the SPCA of Texas and its efforts to help abused, neglected and homeless animals and to support the SPCA of Texas' other programs and services, please visit www.spca.org/helptheanimals. To learn more about the SPCA of Texas, please visit our website at www.spca.org.

SPCA of Texas Takes in Dog from Iran
2/1/2013

 Funding, Coordination Provided by Vafa Animal Shelter of Hashtgerd, Iran

 

(Dallas, TX, February 1, 2013) - Late Wednesday, January 30, the SPCA of Texas picked up Shellman, a 2-year-old female Shepherd mix from Dallas Fort Worth Airport and brought her to the organization’s Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center in West Dallas in hopes that she will soon find a loving home in North Texas. Just 22 hours previously, representatives of the Vafa Animal Shelter loaded Shellman into a travel crate and placed into an airplane in Tehran, Iran. The Vafa Animal Shelter, located in Hashtgerd, Iran, coordinated and paid for Shellman’s transfer to the SPCA of Texas thanks to individual sponsors the group had independently organized.

Photos and video of Shellman’s arrival are available at https://www.dropbox.com/sh/4iv1gybac8nvkdg/iQfMou6Mzq.

Shellman is indeed a female, however, her name suits her perfectly despite its masculine spelling. Named for a Swedish cartoon tortoise who is overly fond of food and sleeping, Shellman the canine certainly embodies those characteristics. Although she has only been at the SPCA of Texas for less than 24 hours, the shelter staff can already tell that she is a calm, gentle, easy going dog who gets along well with everyone she meets.

The SPCA of Texas is one of several groups that have been approached about taking in a dog from the Vafa Animal Shelter in an effort to find homes for the dogs in that shelter’s care, as finding homes for these dogs in Iran is almost impossible. An individual affiliated with the Vafa Animal Shelter who was returning to their home in North Texas offered to bring a dog back with them from the shelter in Iran. Vafa Animal Shelter then reached out to the SPCA of Texas, who agreed to transfer one dog to its West Dallas shelter, as the group had the ability to help.

In 2010, a senior Iranian cleric decreed via fatwa (religious ruling) that dogs are “unclean” according to Islamic law. Hunting, guard and sheep dogs are considered acceptable under Islamic law, but dogs kept as pets are not allowed.

Last year, the Iranian government proposed a complete ban on dogs. People who are found to possess dogs are fined, harassed and some dogs are removed from families found to be keeping them as pets. Animals removed by Iranian officials are said to be impounded and thereafter live in cruel conditions.

“We have provided for the transport of more than 80 dogs to shelters in North America and Europe in the last few years,” said Farah Ravon, Vafa Animal Shelter’s US representative. “We began seeking sponsorship to pay for these dogs’ transfer to pre-screened applicants who are interested in adopting a Vafa Shelter dog and to non-kill shelters internationally because most dogs do not ever have a chance to be adopted in Iran.”

“While the SPCA of Texas is focused on serving the North Texas community, we are happy that we can help find a home for Shellman, as we also take in transfers from out of state shelters and groups in times of need,” said James Bias, SPCA of Texas president. “For example, we have in the past taken in animals from well outside the North Texas area in the wake of natural disasters, those who have been rescued from cruelty and abuse and from groups who have contacted us in dire need of help, though certainly never from this far away.”

The SPCA of Texas will care for Shellman until she is ready to be placed up for adoption sometime in the next one to two weeks.

About the SPCA of Texas
The SPCA of Texas is the leading animal welfare agency in North Texas. The non-profit organization operates two shelters and three spay/neuter clinics located in Dallas and McKinney, and maintains a team of five animal cruelty investigators to respond to thousands of calls in eight North Texas counties. Moreover, the SPCA of Texas serves as an active resource center for an array of services that bring people and animals together to enrich each other’s lives.

The SPCA of Texas is not affiliated with any other entity and does not receive general operating funds from the City of Dallas, State of Texas, federal government or any other humane organization. The SPCA of Texas is dedicated to providing every animal exceptional care and a loving home. For additional information about the SPCA of Texas, visit www.spca.org.

About the Vafa Animal Shelter
The Vafa Animal Shelter (Vafa means “loyalty”), is located in Hashtgerd, about a 90-minute drive west of Tehran. The shelter reports that at any given time hundreds of stray dogs struggle to live on the streets in Iran, and since they are not altered, there is not a check on the number of dogs born to suffer. Dogs are often hit by cars when crossing busy highways, and those that do not die instantly linger in agonizing pain on the roadside for days until they finally perish.

The shelter provides food, water and shelter for as many dogs as they can, and the group also spays or neuters all dogs they take in.

The Vafa Animal Shelter relies solely on donations for its operation. To learn more about their efforts, you can visit the group’s website at http://cal.ir/main/ or visit them via Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Vafa-Animal-Shelter/212270544782?fref=ts.

SPCA of Texas Announces "Project SNIP" at its McKinney Shelter
1/30/2013

Two-Year Program Will Aim to Reduce the Overpopulation of Dogs in Collin County 

(McKINNEY, January 30, 2013) – The SPCA of Texas is officially launching a new, two-year program called Project SNIP (Spay or Neuter Intact Pups) at the Russell H. Perry Animal Care Center in McKinney thanks to a $200,000 grant from PetSmart Charities®. This new program offers $20 spay and neuter surgeries for dogs of McKinney residents. Additionally, the program includes vaccinations and microchips. 

“The SPCA of Texas identified a need in the Collin County area, specifically McKinney, to provide low-cost vaccinations and spay/neuter services to dogs, as the pet overpopulation issue continues to rise,” said James Bias, president of SPCA of Texas. “The generous grant from PetSmart Charities and additional funding from John and Joyce Webb will allow us to make a large dent in the amount of puppies born in the next two years.”

Project SNIP will allow the SPCA of Texas to help reduce the intake of unwanted dogs and puppies at the Collin County Animal Services shelter by spaying and neutering hundreds more dogs in the area for those who could not normally afford the surgery.

This innovative program will provide extremely low-cost, high-quality care. All dogs and puppies spayed and neutered under Project SNIP will receive top-notch care from the SPCA of Texas’ medical staff, and all surgeries are performed by licensed veterinarians employed by the SPCA of Texas in the state-of-the-art Perry Spay/Neuter Clinic.

Additional funding for the first year of the program has been provided by McKinney residents John and Joyce Webb. Thanks to the Webb family’s gift, donations to Project SNYP will be matched dollar-for-dollar up to $10,000. Donations may be made online at www.spca.org/projectsnip.

All Project SNIP surgeries will take place at the McKinney facility, located at 8411 Stacy Road. To make an appointment, residents can call 214-742-SPCA (7722).

About the SPCA of Texas

The SPCA of Texas is the leading animal welfare agency in North Texas. The non-profit organization operates two shelters and three spay/neuter clinics located in Dallas and McKinney, and maintains a team of five animal cruelty investigators to respond to thousands of calls in eight North Texas counties. Moreover, the SPCA of Texas serves as an active resource center for an array of services that bring people and animals together to enrich each other’s lives.

The SPCA of Texas is not affiliated with any other entity and does not receive general operating funds from the City of Dallas, State of Texas, federal government or any other humane organization. The SPCA of Texas is dedicated to providing every animal exceptional care and a loving home. For additional information about the SPCA of Texas, visit www.spca.org.

About PetSmart Charities®

Established in 1994, PetSmart Charities, Inc. is an independent, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that creates and supports programs that save the lives of homeless pets, raise awareness of companion animal welfare issues and promote healthy relationships between people and pets. The largest funder of animal-welfare efforts in North America, PetSmart Charities has provided more than $165 million in grants and programs benefiting animal-welfare organizations and has helped save the lives of more than 5 million pets through its in-store adoption program. To learn more about how PetSmart Charities is working toward its vision of a lifelong, loving home for every pet, visit www.petsmartcharities.org or call 1-800-423-PETS (7387). 

 

SPCA of Texas Receives Custody of 105 Cruelly Treated Animals Seized from Henderson County Property
12/21/2012

(HENDERSON COUNTY, TX; McKINNEY, TX); December 21, 2012--Before a custody hearing today at the Henderson County Justice of the Peace, Pct. 4 Courthouse in Poynor, TX, an agreement was reached between the SPCA of Texas and the animal owner, signed by the presiding judge, for the animal owner to relinquish ownership of 105 dogs to the SPCA of Texas. The dogs will now be individually evaluated for potential adoption or placement on a case by case basis.

Under the authority of the Henderson County Sheriff's Office, the SPCA of Texas seized 106 cruelly treated dogs--83 live dogs, 22 live puppies and one deceased dog--on Monday, December 17 from a suspected hoarder in Henderson County near Athens, TX. The bodies of seven deceased dogs were also found on the property.

 

The dogs were cruelly confined, were not receiving adequate care and were forced to live in their own filth inside a feces-filled, urine-soaked home on the property. Most of the dogs are suffering from eye discharge, flea infestation, long nails, severely matted fur and skin conditions. Approximately 60 of the dogs were confined to crates, and some crates included up to seven dogs.

The stench of ammonia was so intense that investigators wore personal protective equipment, including breathing apparatuses while inside the home. The SPCA of Texas measured the ammonia level in the residence to be 67 parts per million (ppm). As a point of reference, short term exposure to any ammonia level over 20 ppm or long term exposure to any level over 12 ppm can cause health problems in humans.

The Henderson County Sheriff’s Office contacted the SPCA of Texas on Wednesday, December 12 in an effort to support an ongoing investigation. Information sharing and joint efforts between the Henderson County Attorney’s Office, Adult Probation Office, Sheriff’s Office and SPCA of Texas Investigators led the Henderson County Sheriff's Office Animal Control Deputy to obtain a search warrant and animal seizure order on Monday, December 17. The SPCA of Texas removed the animals and transported them to the SPCA of Texas' Perry Animal Care Center at 8411 Stacy Road, McKinney, TX, where they were cared for until today's custody hearing. 

To help support the SPCA of Texas and its efforts to help abused, neglected and homeless animals and to support the SPCA of Texas' other programs and services, please visit www.spca.org/helptheanimals. To learn more about the SPCA of Texas, please visit our website at www.spca.org.

SPCA of Texas Takes Custody of 106 Cruelly Treated Dogs from Henderson County
12/18/2012
(HENDERSON COUNTY, TX; McKINNEY, TX); December 18, 2012--Under the authority of the Henderson County Sheriff's Office, the SPCA of Texas seized 106 cruelly treated dogs--83 live dogs, 22 live puppies and one deceased dog--on Monday, December 17 from a suspected puppy mill/hoarder in Henderson County near Athens, TX. The bodies of seven deceased dogs were also found on the property.

The dogs were cruelly confined, were not receiving adequate care and were forced to live in their own filth inside a feces-filled, urine-soaked home on the property. Most of the dogs are suffering from eye discharge, flea infestation, long nails, severely matted fur and skin conditions. Approximately 60 of the dogs were confined to crates, and some crates included up to seven dogs.
 
The stench of ammonia was so intense that investigators wore personal protective equipment, including breathing apparatuses while inside the home. The SPCA of Texas measured the ammonia level in the residence to be 67 parts per million (ppm). As a point of reference, short term exposure to any ammonia level over 20 ppm or long term exposure to any level over 12 ppm can cause health problems in humans.

Puppy mill owners breed dogs for the purpose of selling the puppies for a profit, and the living conditions of the dogs comes a distant second. If you suspect you've found a puppy mill, the SPCA of Texas encourages you to report inhumane conditions and animal neglect to your local law enforcement agency and to the SPCA of Texas at www.spca.org/knowpuppymills.

The Henderson County Sheriff’s Office contacted the SPCA of Texas on Wednesday, December 12 in an effort to support an ongoing investigation. Information sharing and joint efforts between the Henderson County Attorney’s Office, Adult Probation Office, Sheriff’s Office and SPCA of Texas Investigators led the Henderson County Sheriff's Office Animal Control Deputy to obtain a search warrant and animal seizure order on Monday, December 17. The SPCA of Texas removed the animals and transported them to the SPCA of Texas' Perry Animal Care Center at 8411 Stacy Road, McKinney, TX, where they will be cared for until the custody hearing. 

The custody hearing will be held on Friday, December 21 at 10:30 a.m. at the Henderson County Justice of the Peace Pct. 4 Courthouse at 12103 FM 315, Poynor, TX.

To help support the SPCA of Texas and its efforts to help abused, neglected and homeless animals and to support the SPCA of Texas' other programs and services, please visit www.spca.org/helptheanimals. To learn more about the SPCA of Texas, please visit our website at www.spca.org.

SPCA of Texas Receives Custody of 25 Cruelly Treated, Neglected Cats Seized from an Ellis County Property
12/13/2012

(WAXAHACHIE,TX); December 13, 2012— Before a custody hearing today at the Ellis County Justice of the Peace, Pct. 2 Courthouse in Waxahachie, TX, an agreement was reached between the SPCA of Texas and the animal owner, signed by Judge Jackie Miller, Jr., for the animal owner to relinquish ownership of 25 cats to the SPCA of Texas. The cats will now be individually evaluated for potential adoption or placement on a case by case basis.

Under the authority of the Ellis County Sheriff's Office, the SPCA of Texas took custody of 25 cruelly confined, neglected cats from a property in Avalon, Texas on Wednesday, December 5.

To download photos and video from the scene, please right click on the following link or copy and paste it into a browser: www.spca.org/elliscounty120512

The cats were living inside a feces-filled, urine-soaked house on the property, and the stench of ammonia was so intense that it burned SPCA of Texas staff members’ eyes, noses and throats.

The cats appeared to be suffering from various issues, including inflamed skin, eye discharge and wounds. Some of the cats had such severe eye discharge that they could not open their eyes. No food was observed in the residence.

The Ellis County Sheriff's Office contacted the SPCA of Texas on November 27 regarding the cats' living conditions. Upon visiting the property later that same day, an SPCA of Texas investigator agreed that the cats were cruelly confined due to the strong odor of ammonia that could be smelled from the end of the driveway, about 50 yards from the house, and that they were neglected. The animal owner refused to allow the Sheriff's Office and the SPCA of Texas access to the house. The animal owner also stated that they did not have the means to feed or care for the cats.

The SPCA of Texas returned to the property on Friday, November 30. The animal owner again refused to allow access to the house. At that point, the Ellis County Sheriff’s Department and the SPCA of Texas concurred that was in the animals' best interest to remove them.

The morning of December 5, the Ellis County Sheriff's Office sought a seizure warrant and the SPCA of Texas took custody of the animals. SPCA of Texas vehicles transported the animals to the Perry Animal Care Center at 8411 Stacy Road in McKinney, TX 75070, where they have been examined by medical staff and cared for until today's custody hearing.

SPCA of Texas Seizes 25 Cruelly Confined, Neglected Cats from Ellis County Property
12/5/2012

This morning, under the authority of the Ellis County Sheriff's Office, the SPCA of Texas took custody of 25 cruelly confined, neglected cats from a property in Avalon, Texas.

To download photos and video from the scene today, please right click on the following link or copy and paste it into a browser: www.spca.org/elliscounty120512

The cats were living inside a feces-filled, urine-soaked house on the property, and the stench of ammonia was so intense that it burned SPCA of Texas staff members’ eyes, noses and throats.

The cats appear to be suffering from various issues, including inflamed skin, eye discharge and wounds. Some of the cats had such severe eye discharge that they could not open their eyes. No food was observed in the residence.

The Ellis County Sheriff's Office contacted the SPCA of Texas on November 27 regarding the cats' living conditions. Upon visiting the property later that same day, an SPCA of Texas investigator agreed that the cats were cruelly confined due to the strong odor of ammonia that could be smelled from the end of the driveway, about 50 yards from the house, and that they were neglected. The animal owner refused to allow the Sheriff's Office and the SPCA of Texas access to the house. The animal owner also stated that they did not have the means to feed or care for the cats.

The SPCA of Texas returned to the property on Friday, November 30. The animal owner again refused to allow access to the house. At that point, the Ellis County Sheriff’s Department and the SPCA of Texas concurred that was in the animals' best interest to remove them.

This morning, the Ellis County Sheriff's Office sought a seizure warrant and the SPCA of Texas took custody of the animals. SPCA of Texas vehicles transported the animals to the Perry Animal Care Center at 8411 Stacy Road in McKinney, TX 75070, where they will be examined by medical staff and cared for until the custody hearing.

The custody hearing will take place on Thursday, December 13 at 1:30 p.m. at the Ellis County Justice of the Peace, Pct. 2 Courthouse at 701 South I-35, Suite 1 in Waxahachie, TX, Judge Jackie Miller, Jr. presiding. 

If the SPCA of Texas is awarded custody of the cats, they would be individually evaluated for potential adoption or placement on a case by case basis.

To help the SPCA of Texas fund future efforts like this and to support the SPCA of Texas' other programs and services, please visit http://www.spca.org/helptheanimals. To learn more about the SPCA of Texas, please visit our website at http://www.spca.org.

SPCA of Texas Awarded Custody of 48 Cruelly Treated Animals Seized from Hunt County Property
10/2/2012

(HUNT COUNTY, TX; McKINNEY, TX; DALLAS, TX); October 2, 2012 -- Today at a custody hearing in Greenville, TX at the Hunt County Justice of the Peace, Precinct 1, Place 2 courthouse, the SPCA of Texas was awarded custody of 48 cruelly treated animals seized from a Hunt County property last Wednesday. The SPCA of Texas was awarded $9,071.80 in restitution. However, the SPCA of Texas does not actually expect to receieve any of this money to help offset costs.

If the animal owner does not file an appeal in the next ten days, the SPCA of Texas will at that time individually evaluate the animals for adoption or placement on a case by case basis

Under the authority of the Hunt County Constable, Precinct 1, Terry Jones, the SPCA of Texas took custody of 48 animals--25 dogs, 14 rabbits, six cats and three pigs--from a property in Caddo Mills, TX on September 26. SPCA of Texas vehicles transported the dogs, rabbits and pigs to the Perry Animal Care Center in McKinney and the cats to the Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center in West Dallas that afternoon, where they were examined by medical staff and cared for until the custody hearing.

The animals were all living inside a feces-filled, urine soaked house on the property. The SPCA of Texas measured the ammonia level in the residence to be 18 parts per million (ppm). As a point of reference, short term exposure to any ammonia level over 20 ppm or long term exposure to any level over 12 ppm can cause health problems in humans.

All but one of the dogs were housed inside a room that was covered in feces and soaked in urine. The cats and rabbits were kept in another room, which was also covered in feces and soaked in urine. The three pigs, all weighing approximately 350 pounds, were also living in the house. One dog was near death at the time of the seizure, and an SPCA of Texas veterinarian euthanized the dog on site to prevent further suffering.

The SPCA of Texas received an anonymous complaint of suspected animal cruelty going on at the property and subsequently visited the property on September 13. The animal owner did not allow the SPCA of Texas Investigator access to the residence at that time, but the Investigator could smell the odor of urine and feces 20 feet from the front door. Upon further investigation, on September 25, the SPCA of Texas' Investigator and Chief Investigator, the Hunt County Sheriff's Department, Texas Adult Protective Services and the Hunt County Constable, Precinct 1 visited the property, and this time the animal owner allowed access to the residence. The Hunt County Constable, Precinct 1 and the SPCA of Texas concurred that it was in the animals' best interest to remove the animals. On September 26, the Hunt County Constable, Precinct 1 sought a seizure warrant and the SPCA of Texas took custody of the animals.  

To help support the SPCA of Texas' efforts to help abused, neglected and homeless animals and to support the SPCA of Texas' other programs and services, please visit www.spca.org/helptheanimals. To learn more about the SPCA of Texas, please visit our website at www.spca.org.

SPCA of Texas and Hunt County Constable, Pct. 1 Seize 48 Cruelly Treated Animals from Hunt County Property
9/27/2012

(HUNT COUNTY, TX; McKINNEY, TX; DALLAS, TX); September 26, 2012 -- Today, under the authority of the Hunt County Constable, Precinct 1, Terry Jones, the SPCA of Texas took custody of 48 animals--25 dogs, 14 rabbits, six cats and three pigs--from a property in Caddo Mills, TX. SPCA of Texas vehicles transported the dogs, rabbits and pigs to the Perry Animal Care Center in McKinney and the cats to the Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center in West Dallas this afternoon, where they will be examined by medical staff and cared for until the custody hearing.

The custody hearing will take place on Tuesday, October 2 at 2 p.m. at the Hunt County Justice of the Peace Precinct 1, Place 2 Courthouse at 2801 Stuart Steet in Greenville, TX, Judge Sheila Linden presiding. If the SPCA of Texas is awarded custody of the animals, they would be evaluated for placement or adoption on a case by case basis.

The animals were all living inside a feces-filled, urine soaked house on the property. The SPCA of Texas measured the ammonia level in the residence to be 18 parts per million (ppm). As a point of reference, short term exposure to any ammonia level over 20 ppm or long term exposure to any level over 12 ppm can cause health problems in humans.

All but one of the dogs were housed inside a room that was covered in feces and soaked in urine. The cats and rabbits were kept in another room, which was also covered in feces and soaked in urine. The three pigs, all weighing approximately 350 pounds, were also living in the house. One dog was near death at the time of the seizure, and an SPCA of Texas veterinarian euthanized the dog on site to prevent further suffering.

The SPCA of Texas received an anonymous complaint of suspected animal cruelty going on at the property and subsequently visited the property on September 13. The animal owner did not allow the SPCA of Texas Investigator access to the residence at that time, but the Investigator could smell the odor of urine and feces 20 feet from the front door. Upon further investigation, on September 25, the SPCA of Texas' Investigator and Chief Investigator, the Hunt County Sheriff's Department, Texas Adult Protective Services and the Hunt County Constable, Precinct 1 visited the property, and this time the animal owner allowed access to the residence. The Hunt County Constable, Precinct 1 and the SPCA of Texas concurred that it was in the animals' best interest to remove the animals. Today, the Hunt County Constable, Precinct 1 sought a seizure warrant and the SPCA of Texas took custody of the animals.  

To help support the SPCA of Texas' efforts to help abused, neglected and homeless animals and to support the SPCA of Texas' other programs and services, please visit www.spca.org/helptheanimals. To learn more about the SPCA of Texas, please visit our website at www.spca.org.


The SPCA of Texas is the leading animal welfare agency in North Texas. The non-profit organization operates two shelters and two spay/neuter clinics located in Dallas and McKinney, and maintains a team of five animal cruelty investigators to respond to thousands of calls in eight North Texas counties. Moreover, the SPCA of Texas serves as an active resource center for an array of services that bring people and animals together to enrich each others’ lives. The SPCA of Texas is not affiliated with any other entity and does not receive general operating funds from the City of Dallas, State of Texas, federal government or any other humane organization. The SPCA of Texas is dedicated to providing every animal exceptional care and a loving home.

 

SPCA of Texas and Van Zandt County Sheriff Seize One Cruelly Treated Dog from Wills Point, TX Property
9/6/2012

(WILLS POINT, TX; DALLAS, TX); September 6, 2012 -- Late yesterday, under the authority of the Van Zandt County Sheriff’s Department, the SPCA of Texas took custody of one cruelly treated dog from a property near Wills Point, TX. 

The dog was found in a medium-sized cage of approximately 4 feet in width behind a residence on the property, and appeared to be in distress due to wounds on his head and neck. The SPCA of Texas' Investigator who visited the property observed that the emaciated dog appeared to be lethargic, had a swollen leg and did not move from his lying position. Blood covered the dog's neck, head and face.

The Van Zandt County Sheriff’s Department contacted the SPCA of Texas regarding the cruelly treated dog and an SPCA of Texas Investigator visited the property on Wednesday, September 5. The Van Zandt County Sheriff's Department had received an anonymous complaint about the dog's condition earlier that day. Due to the severity of the dog's injuries and the lack of proper treatment, the SPCA of Texas Investigator and the Van Zandt County Sheriff's Department agreed that removing the dog from the property immediately was in the dog's best interest. The Van Zandt County Sheriff's Department then obtained a seizure warrant. The dog was transported to the SPCA of Texas' Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center in Dallas, where he is being cared for until the custody hearing. 

The custody hearing will be held on Monday, September 10 at 10 a.m. at the Van Zandt County Justice of the Peace Pct. 2 Courthouse at 250 E. Grove, Canton, TX, Judge Ronnie L. Daniell presiding.

"Thanks to quick work by Van Zandt County Officials, we are able to move the dog to the safety of our shelter," said Art Muñoz, Senior Investigator for the SPCA of Texas.

If the SPCA of Texas receives custody of the dog, the organization would at that time individually evaluate him for placement or adoption.

To help support the SPCA of Texas and its efforts to help abused, neglected and homeless animals and to support the SPCA of Texas' other programs and services, please visit www.spca.org/helptheanimals. To learn more about the SPCA of Texas, please visit our website at www.spca.org.

The SPCA of Texas Presents Fabulous Fur Ball 2012
9/6/2012

Casino-Themed Gala and Spencer Humanitarian Awards to be Presented September 22 at the Hilton Anatole Hotel

(DALLAS, TEXAS); September 6, 2012—You can bet on a good time at the SPCA of Texas’ Fabulous Fur Ball, to be held at the Hilton Anatole’s Grand Ballroom on Saturday, September 22 at 7 p.m. Long time, dedicated friend and supporter, Gloria Campos of WFAA-TV Channel 8 is this year’s honorary chair.

“I am thrilled to serve as Honorary Chair of this year’s SPCA of Texas’ Fabulous Fur Ball," said Gloria Campos, anchor for WFAA-TV, Channel 8. “It is sure to be an unforgettable night full of amazing entertainment, lots of laughs and incredible stories that will touch the hearts of all animal lovers.”

The SPCA of Texas is going for broke with the glitzy, ever-popular casino-themed gala for the third consecutive year. Guests will hit the jackpot at poker tables, pose for pictures with feathery show girls and don their most beautiful sequined dresses or most handsome suits or tuxedoes. Prepare to be serenaded by everyone’s favorite guest, the King of Rock and Roll! Wear your Vegas best and get ready to get down to the funky beats of All Funk Radio Show.

Only the best bids at Fabulous Fur Ball’s famous live auction will win luxurious hotel packages, incredible sports tickets, unforgettable vacations, gourmet restaurant packages and more.

The evening will be complete with a lavish, seated dinner, decadent cocktails, stunning floral arrangements and a bevy of casino tables where guests can cash in for critters. The SPCA of Texas will also feature a heartwarming video that celebrates the remarkable tales of triumph the animals, staff and volunteers experience every day as they fulfill the organization’s mission, to provide every animal exceptional care and a loving home.

This high-rolling event would not be possible without enthusiastic and compassionate co-chairs, Tricia Linderman and Jennifer Bledsoe, whose devotion to animals is undeniable.

The SPCA of Texas will also present the 2012 Spencer Humanitarian Awards at the Fabulous Fur Ball. Named for warm-hearted entrepreneur and SPCA of Texas Board member Mary Spencer, the Spencer Humanitarian Awards recognize an individual, company or group whose extraordinary efforts have made a positive difference for animals. The 2012 recipients of the Spencer Humanitarian Awards are long-time benefactor of the SPCA of Texas’ medical care programs, Myron Martin; high-profile Texas philanthropic powerhouse, the Meadows Foundation; and valued corporate partner, Hill’s Science Diet.

The SPCA of Texas sincerely thanks the Fabulous Fur Ball sponsors, including Presenting Sponsor: Hill's Science Diet; Jackpot Sponsors: The Arrangement Distinctive Interiors and PSAV; High Roller Sponsor: VCA Animal Hospital Companies; Cha Ching Sponsors: Merial US, Sewell Subaru, David Moxam and Tricia Linderman; Let ꞌem Roll Sponsors: AlphaGraphics at Market Center, Linda Genneken Chappa, Super Value Pharmacy, Gwen and Leldon Echols, Richard Gray and Marsha Pendleton-Gray.

All proceeds from Fabulous Fur Ball will help the SPCA of Texas, the leading animal welfare agency in North Texas, continue to rescue, heal and find homes for thousands of animals in the coming year.

Tickets are sure to sell out fast and are available now at www.spca.org/furball. Individual tickets are $175, or be a high roller and buy a $1,500 table for 10 friends or colleagues. For high profile sponsorship opportunities, contact Gina Parker at (214) 461-1810.

SPCA of Texas and Kaufman County Sheriff Seize Three Abandoned Donkeys from Kaufman County Property
9/5/2012

(KAUFMAN, TX; DALLAS, TX); September 5, 2012 -- Today, under the authority of the Kaufman County Sheriff’s Department, the SPCA of Texas took custody of three abandoned donkeys from a property in Kaufman County, TX. 

Three donkeys were found in a small, grassy fenced-in area located behind the residence on the property. No other supplemental food source was available, but water was being provided by concerned neighbors. 

A deputy with the Kaufman County Sheriff’s Department contacted the SPCA of Texas regarding the donkeys on August 28, with information indicating that the owners no longer lived at the residence. An SPCA of Texas Investigator visited the property the next day. With no response at the front door of the residence, the Investigator left a door tag requesting a call back. The SPCA of Texas' Investigator returned to the property on three different occasions, and made several attempts to contact the owner without a response. On August 31, the SPCA of Texas' investigator spoke with the concerned neighbor who agreed to continue providing water for the donkeys until the Kaufman County Sherriff's department could obtain a warrant so the SPCA of Texas could remove the animals.

The Kaufman County Sheriff's Department's Deputy and the SPCA of Texas' Investigator returned to the property on September 5 and agreed that the donkeys needed to be removed from the property immediately because the animals' conditions had not changed. The Kaufman County Sheriff's Department obtained a seizure warrant earlier today, and the SPCA of Texas transported the donkeys to the Perry Animal Care Center in McKinney, where they will be cared for until the custody hearing. 

The custody hearing will be held on Tuesday, September 11 at 9 a.m. at the Kaufman County Justice of the Peace, Pct. 1 Courthouse, at 3001 South Washington, Kaufman, TX, Judge Johnny Adams presiding. 

"I appreciate Kaufman County officials and the neighbors who looked after these donkeys and alterted us to their needs", said Art Muñoz, Senior Investigator for the SPCA of Texas. "There is no excuse for abandoning animals, and the SPCA of Texas works hard to be a resource for people who may be struggling and in need of assistance. We have programs and services in place so that these situations can be avoided."

If the SPCA of Texas receives custody of the animals, the organization would at that time individually evaluate the animals for placement or adoption on a case by case basis.

To help support the SPCA of Texas and its efforts to help abused, neglected and homeless animals and to support the SPCA of Texas' other programs and services, please visit www.spca.org/helptheanimals. To learn more about the SPCA of Texas, please visit our website at www.spca.org.

SPCA of Texas Awarded Custody of 120 Cruelly Treated Animals Seized from Hunt County Property Last Week
9/4/2012

 

Second Animal Seizure from the Same Property

(HUNT COUNTY, TX; McKINNEY, TX; DALLAS, TX); September 4, 2012 -- Today at a custody hearing in Greenville, TX at the Hunt County Justice of the Peace, Precinct 1, Place 2 courthouse, the SPCA of Texas was awarded custody of 120 cruelly treated animals seized from a Hunt County property last Wednesday. The SPCA of Texas was awarded $8,341.68 in restitution. However, the SPCA of Texas does not actually expect to receieve any of this money to help offset costs.

If the animal owner does not file an appeal in the next ten days, the SPCA of Texas will at that time individually evaluate the animals for adoption or placement on a case by case basis.

Under the authority of the Hunt County Constable, Precinct 1, the SPCA of Texas took custody of 120 animals--90 fowl of various species, 12 rabbits, 12 cats, five dogs and one duck on August 28, 2012 . These animals were discovered on the same Hunt County property from which the organization seized 249 animals in July. SPCA of Texas vehicles transported the fowl, rabbits and duck to the Perry Animal Care Center in McKinney and the dogs and cats to the Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center in West Dallas, where they were examined by medical staff and cared for until the custody hearing.

One dead bird and one dead cat were found on the property. Seven dead birds were found at another location, where the animal owner had allegedly dumped the bodies.

As was the case the last time the SPCA of Texas took custody of animals from this property, from this same animal owner, the odor of feces was strong throughout the property. It appeared to the SPCA of Texas' Investigator that the owner had not cleaned up the property since the previous 249 animals had been seized from him. The animals were living in feces-filled, overcrowded conditions in pens, cages and coops. Most of the animals were housed outside on the property, all of which was covered in feces and urine. Several dogs were living in make-shift pens made of chicken wire. Some rabbits were housed in elevated hutches and the rest lived in make-shift chicken wire enclosures that were full of feces. Most of the fowl were running loose on the property, but others were kept in make-shift crates the size of shoe boxes, also made of chicken wire. Some of the animals did not have access to an appropriate water source, and the only water many of the animals had to drink was contaminated. Some of the animals appeared to be unhealthy.

"It is sadly not uncommon for us to see the same person start back up operating their breeding operation even after a seizure and civil proceedings take place," said Colby Grady, Chief Investigator for the SPCA of Texas. "There is no provision on the Justice of the Peace Court level to prevent people who have had animals seized from them from turning around and getting more animals."

The SPCA of Texas received two separate complaints of suspected animal cruelty going on at the property in the days before the animals were seized. The SPCA of Texas Investigator and the Hunt County Constable, Precinct 1 visited the property on August 28th and discovered that the new animals were living in the same inhumane conditions as the animals that had previously been seized. The Hunt County Constable and the SPCA of Texas concurred that it was in the animals' best interest to remove the animals, and the Hunt County Constable sought a seizure warrant.

More information on the animal seizure that took place on July 18th:

An SPCA of Texas Investigator visited the same property on July 5th and discovered the first group of animals' conditions. The SPCA of Texas attempted to work with the owner to bring the animals' conditions into compliance with Texas Health and Safety Code. When the SPCA of Texas' Investigator returned to the property on July 16th, the animals' conditions had deteriorated. The SPCA of Texas and the Hunt County Constable, Precinct 1 visited the property on Tuesday, July 17th, and at that time the Hunt County Constable and the SPCA of Texas concurred that it was in the animals' best interest to remove the animals, and the Hunt County Constable sought a seizure warrant. 

During the last two visits to the property, a deceased goat and a deceased pig were found. The goat was found, bloated and stiff, in the front of the property on July 16th, and the piglet was found floating in his water source, which was contaminated, on July 17th. Additionally, the owner stated that they were selling the animals at a flea market.

On July 18th, under the authority of the Hunt County Constable, Precinct 1, the SPCA of Texas took custody of 249 animals--186 fowl of various species, 32 rabbits, 13 cats, 11 dogs and seven piglets--from the property. The animals were not receiving adequate food, water, shelter or care. At a custody hearing in Greenville, TX on July 24th at the Hunt County Justice of the Peace, Precinct 1, Place 2 courthouse, the SPCA of Texas received custody of those animals. Only a handful of the animals from this seizure are still available for adoption.

To help support the SPCA of Texas and its efforts to help abused, neglected and homeless animals and to support the SPCA of Texas' other programs and services, please visit www.spca.org/helptheanimals. To learn more about the SPCA of Texas, please visit our website at www.spca.org.

SPCA of Texas Receives 85 More Dogs and Cats from Louisiana in the Aftermath of Hurricane Isaac
9/1/2012

(McKINNEY, TX) August 31, 2012
 -- Transport vehicles will arrive at the SPCA of Texas' Perry Animal Care Center in McKinney, TX between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m. the morning of Saturday, September 1st with 46 cats and 39 dogs transferred from the Plaquemines Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) and Plaquemines Parish Animal Control in Belle Chasse, Louisiana, in the aftermath Hurricane Isaac. The SPCA of Texas will provide ongoing updates at www.spca.org/isaacblog.
 
The SPCA of Texas also received 181 animals from the Louisiana SPCA in New Orlenans, Louisiana and the Humane Society of South Mississippi on Tuesday, August 28th. Additionally, the organization seized 120 animals from an animal mill in Hunt County on Tuesday, August 28th and took in 52 dogs from a puppy mill that closed its doors on Wednesday, August 29th. In the last five days, the organization has taken in 438 animals.
 
In an effort to create room for these incoming dogs and cats, the SPCA of Texas had offered a 50% discount off of all adoption fees for dogs and cats from Monday, August 27th through Friday, August 31st. Additionally, the SPCA of Texas’ two shelters stayed open until 8 p.m. on Tuesday, August 28th and Wednesday, August 29th. The public responded by opening their hearts and their homes, and 151 animals were adopted in the last five days. Beginning Saturday, September 1st, the SPCA of Texas' adoption fees return to their usual levels, beginning at $50. The SPCA of Texas' two shelters will be closed to the public on Monday, September 3rd for the Labor Day holiday, though essential staff will be on site to care for all animals.
 
From Tuesday, August 28th through Thursday, August 30th, to ensure proper space to care for all animals, the SPCA of Texas continued to admit animals who were previously adopted at the SPCA of Texas and animals that owners bring to the organization to be humanely euthanized, however the admitting department was not available to the general public. As more space was made at the SPCA of Texas through adoptions, the admitting department opened back up on Friday, August 31st.
 
The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) contacted the SPCA of Texas on behalf of the Plaquemines Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) and Plaquemines Parish Animal Control on Thursday, August 30th and asked the SPCA of Texas to provide for the care and placement of these animals, who were already waiting to find new homes at the shelters before Isaac hit the Gulf Coast. The ASPCA will transport the animals to the SPCA of Texas' Perry Animal Care Center. This transfer will allow the two groups to respond to animals in need in the aftermath of Isaac. The SPCA of Texas will immediately begin individually evaluating the animals for placement or adoption.

The SPCA of Texas asks the community to continue to come forward and open their homes and their hearts to these animals and the hundreds already waiting for homes in the SPCA of Texas' two North Texas-area shelters. The SPCA of Texas encourages people who have been considering adding a pet to their family to adopt and give these shelter animals a loving home.

If now is not the best time to introduce a new best friend to the family, the SPCA of Texas encourages people to help by giving to the SPCA of Texas at www.spca.org/isaacdonation. Support from the community at this time is especially critical, as the SPCA of Texas' resources are always stretched to the maximum in late summer.

To learn more about the SPCA of Texas, to help the SPCA of Texas fund future efforts like this and to support the SPCA of Texas' other programs and services, please visit www.spca.org.

SPCA of Texas Receives 52 Dogs from Puppy Mill that Closed Down
8/29/2012

(TERRELL, TX; McKINNEY, TX); August 29, 2012 --  Today, the SPCA of Texas received 52 dogs from a puppy mill that closed down. Earlier today, the SPCA of Texas picked up the animals from the Terrell, TX property and transported them back to its Perry Animal Care Center in McKinney.

 

The SPCA of Texas has brought a total 353 animals into its two shelters in Dallas and McKinney in the last 48 hours. Yesterday, the SPCA of Texas took in 181 dogs and cats SPCA of Texas Received 181 Dogs and Cats from the Louisiana SPCA and the Humane Society of South Mississippi to help those shelters respond to animals in need during and after the storm. The organization also seized 120 cruelly treated fowl, rabbits, dogs, cats and a duck yesterday from a property in Hunt County. This large number of incoming animals has filled the SPCA of Texas' two North Texas-area shelters to bursting. The SPCA of Texas' mission is to provide animals exceptional care and a loving home, and in each of these cases, the organization responded to emergency situations where animals needed immediate help.
 

In an effort to create room for these incoming dogs and cats, the SPCA of Texas is offering a 50% discount off of all adoption fees for dogs and cats from Monday, August 27th through Friday, August 31st. Additionally, the SPCA of Texas’ two shelters stayed open until 8 p.m. on Tuesday, August 28th and Wednesday, August 29th. Normal hours for the Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center at 2400 Lone Star Drive in Dallas and the Russell H. Perry Animal Care Center at 8411 Stacy Rd. in McKinney are Noon to 6 p.m., seven days a week.

To ensure proper space to care for all animals, the SPCA of Texas will continue to admit animals who were previously adopted at the SPCA of Texas and animals that owners bring to the organization to be humanely euthanized, however the admitting department will not be available to the general public until more space is made at the SPCA of Texas through adoptions.

The SPCA of Texas asks the community to come forward and open their homes and their hearts to these animals and the hundreds already waiting for homes in the SPCA of Texas' two North Texas-area shelters. The SPCA of Texas encourages people who have been considering adding a pet to their family to adopt and give these shelter animals a loving home.

If now is not the best time to introduce a new best friend to the family, the SPCA of Texas encourages people to help by giving to the SPCA of Texas at www.spca.org/tropicalstormisaac. Support from the community at this time is especially critical, as the SPCA of Texas' resources are always stretched to the maximum in late summer.

To learn more about the SPCA of Texas, to help the SPCA of Texas fund future efforts like this and to support the SPCA of Texas' other programs and services, please visit www.spca.org.

SPCA of Texas and Hunt County Constable, Pct. 1 Seize 120 Cruelly Treated Animals from Hunt County Property
8/29/2012

Second Animal Seizure from the Same Property

(HUNT COUNTY, TX; McKINNEY, TX; DALLAS, TX); August 29, 2012 -- Yesterday, under the authority of the Hunt County Constable, Precinct 1, the SPCA of Texas took custody of 120 animals--90 fowl of various species, 12 rabbits, 12 cats, five dogs and one duck. These animals were discovered on the same Hunt County Property from which the organization seized 249 animals last month. SPCA of Texas vehicles transported the fowl, rabbits and duck to the Perry Animal Care Center in McKinney and the dogs and cats to the Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center in West Dallas late yesterday, where they will be examined by medical staff and cared for until the custody hearing. The custody hearing will take place on Tuesday, September 4th at 2 p.m. at the Hunt County Justice of the Peace Precinct 1, Place 2 Courthouse at 2801 Stuart Steet in Greenville, TX.

One dead bird and one dead cat were found on the property. Seven dead birds were found at another location, where the animal owner had allegedly dumped the bodies.

As was the case the last time the SPCA of Texas took custody of animals from this property, from this same animal owner, the odor of feces was strong throughout the property. It appeared to the SPCA of Texas' Investigator that the owner had not cleaned up the property since the previous 249 animals had been seized from him. The animals were living in feces-filled, overcrowded conditions in pens, cages and coops. Most of the animals were housed outside on the property, all of which was covered in feces and urine. Several dogs were living in make-shift pens made of chicken wire. Some rabbits were housed in elevated hutches and the rest lived in make-shift chicken wire that were full of feces. Most of the fowl were running loose on the property, but others were kept in make-shift crates the size of shoe boxes, also made of chicken wire. Some of the animals did not have access to an appropriate water source, and the only water many of the animals had to drink was contaminated. Some of the animals appeared to be unhealthy.

"It is sadly not uncommon for us to see the same person start back up operating their breeding operation even after a seizure and civil proceedings take place," said Colby Grady, Chief Investigator for the SPCA of Texas. "There is no provision on the Justice of the Peace Court level to prevent people who have had animals seized from them from turning around and getting more animals."

The SPCA of Texas received two separate complaints of suspected animal cruelty going on at the property in the past few days. The SPCA of Texas Investigator and the Hunt County Constable, Precinct 1 visited the property on August 28th and discovered that the new animals were living in the same inhumane conditions as the animals that had previously been seized. The Hunt County Constable and the SPCA of Texas concurred that it was in the animals' best interest to remove the animals, and the Hunt County Constable sought a seizure warrant.

More information on the animal seizure that took place on July 18th:

An SPCA of Texas Investigator visited the same property on July 5th and discovered the first group of animals' conditions. The SPCA of Texas attempted to work with the owner to bring the animals' conditions into compliance with Texas Health and Safety Code. When the SPCA of Texas' Investigator returned to the property on July 16th, the animals' conditions had deteriorated. The SPCA of Texas and the Hunt County Constable, Precinct 1 visited the property on Tuesday, July 17th, and at that time the Hunt County Constable and the SPCA of Texas concurred that it was in the animals' best interest to remove the animals, and the Hunt County Constable sought a seizure warrant. 

During the last two visits to the property, a deceased goat and a deceased pig were found. The goat was found, bloated and stiff, in the front of the property on July 16th, and the piglet was found floating in his water source, which was contaminated, on July 17th. Additionally, the owner stated that they were selling the animals at a flea market.

On July 18th, under the authority of the Hunt County Constable, Precinct 1, the SPCA of Texas took custody of 249 animals--186 fowl of various species, 32 rabbits, 13 cats, 11 dogs and seven piglets--from the property. The animals were not receiving adequate food, water, shelter or care. At a custody hearing in Greenville, TX on July 24th at the Hunt County Justice of the Peace, Precinct 1, Place 2 courthouse, the SPCA of Texas received custody of those animals. Only a handful of the animals from this seizure are still available for adoption.

To help support the SPCA of Texas and its efforts to help abused, neglected and homeless animals and to support the SPCA of Texas' other programs and services, please visit www.spca.org/helptheanimals. To learn more about the SPCA of Texas, please visit our website at www.spca.org.

SPCA of Texas to Receive Approximately 280 Dogs and Cats from Louisiana SPCA, Humane Society of South Mississippi as Tropical Storm Isaac Looms
8/27/2012

Offers 50% Off All Adoptions Today through Friday, August 31st to Make Room for Incoming Pets

(McKINNEY, TX; DALLAS, TX) August 27, 2012 -- Transport vehicles will arrive at the SPCA of Texas' Perry Animal Care Center in McKinney, TX between 6:30 a.m. and 7 a.m. Tuesday, August 28th with approximately 110 cats and 80 dogs transferred from the Louisiana SPCA in New Orleans, Louisiana, as Tropical Storm Isaac looms in the Gulf of Mexico. The arrival time for this group was delayed due to a vehicle malfunction that prevented the safe transport of the animals. Another group of animals, approximately 65 cats and 25 dogs, will arrive from the Humane Society of South Mississippi in Gulfport, Mississippi, between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m. that same morning at the SPCA of Texas' Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center in Dallas. The SPCA of Texas will provide ongoing updates at www.spca.org/tropicalstormisaac.

In an effort to create room for these incoming dogs and cats, the SPCA of Texas is offering a 50% discount off of all adoption fees for dogs and cats from Monday, August 27th through Friday, August 31st. Additionally, the SPCA of Texas’ two shelters will stay open until 8 p.m. on Tuesday, August 28th and Wednesday, August 29th. Normal hours for the Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center at 2400 Lone Star Drive in Dallas and the Russell H. Perry Animal Care Center at 8411 Stacy Rd. in McKinney are Noon to 6 p.m., seven days a week.

To ensure proper space to care for all animals, the SPCA of Texas will continue to admit animals who were previously adopted at the SPCA of Texas and animals that owners bring to the organization to be humanely euthanized, however the admitting department will not be available to the general public until more space is made at the SPCA of Texas through adoptions.

The Louisiana SPCA contacted the SPCA of Texas last Friday, August 24th, and asked the SPCA of Texas to provide for the care and placement of these animals, who were already waiting to find new homes at the Louisiana SPCA at the time of the transfer. This transfer will allow the Louisiana SPCA to respond to animals in need before, during and after Isaac hits the Gulf Coast. The SPCA of Texas will immediately begin individually evaluating the animals for placement or adoption and provide spay or neuter surgery for the handful of animals not already sterilized.

The Humane Society of South Mississippi contacted the SPCA of Texas on Sunday, August 26th, with a similar request, also to allow the Humane Society of South Mississippi respond to animals in need as Isaac hits the Gulf Coast. These animals were also already available for adoption before transfer.

The SPCA of Texas has a Memorandum of Understanding with each group that provides for mutual assistance of this type should any natural disaster strike.

The SPCA of Texas asks the community to come forward and open their homes and their hearts to these animals and the hundreds already waiting for homes in the SPCA of Texas' two North Texas-area shelters. The SPCA of Texas encourages people who have been considering adding a pet to their family to adopt and give these shelter animals a loving home.

If now is not the best time to introduce a new best friend to the family, the SPCA of Texas encourages people to help by giving to the SPCA of Texas at www.spca.org/tropicalstormisaac. Support from the community at this time is especially critical, as the SPCA of Texas' resources are always stretched to the maximum in late summer.

To learn more about the SPCA of Texas, to help the SPCA of Texas fund future efforts like this and to support the SPCA of Texas' other programs and services, please visit www.spca.org.


The SPCA of Texas Urges Pet Owners to Take Extra Precautions During Aerial Spraying, Explains How West Nile Virus Affects Pets
8/16/2012

(DALLAS, TX/McKINNEY, TX); August 16, 2012—The SPCA of Texas urges pet owners in North Texas to take extra precautions to ensure their pets’ safety as aerial spraying of pesticides takes place in Dallas county and at least 10 North Dallas suburbs over the coming days. The organization also seeks to educate pet owners on how West Nile virus affects pets of all sizes.

According to the Texas Poison Center Network, the active chemical in the aerial spray was formulated to eradicate mosquitoes, and is low in toxicity to mammals. To ensure that pets stay safe and sound, the SPCA of Texas strongly recommends that pet owners bring their pets, especially dogs and cats, inside and keep all windows and doors tightly closed during the spraying. It is important to cover all outdoor, small ornamental fish ponds as well.

Larger pets and mammals such as horses and other livestock are not at a great risk to develop side effects from the spray. The SPCA of Texas does recommend bringing horses and other livestock inside a covered barn or stable during the spraying period, ensuring that younger or elderly livestock receive first priority.  

As in humans, West Nile virus can be transmitted to animals through a mosquito bite, though animals cannot transmit West Nile virus to any other animal or human through interaction. The precaution of spraying to eradicate mosquitos is one way to prevent the spread of West Nile virus and other mosquito-borne illnesses. People can also eliminate standing water on their property and use mosquito repellent products. It is important that pet owners consult their veterinarian to determine the most suitable mosquito repellent that is safe for pets, as some repellents are toxic to dogs, cats and other small mammals.

In dogs and cats, the symptoms of West Nile virus are temporary, not life threatening and a full recovery is typically expected.  

It is not common for dogs and cats to become infected with West Nile virus, and it is unlikely that dog or cat owners would notice any symptoms in infected pets. Known side effects of West Nile virus in dogs and cats are increased body temperature and lethargy.

Cats are at a greater risk of infection than dogs, but infected dogs and cats generally have mild symptoms. At this time, there is no preventive vaccine for dogs and cats to protect against West Nile virus.

Heartworm disease, which is an infestation of parasites in the heart and lungs of mainly dogs and cats, is a much greater threat to dogs’ and cats’ health than West Nile virus. As always, the SPCA of Texas recommends that dog and cat owners give their pets heartworm preventive to keep their pets from contracting this deadly disease, also borne by mosquitos.

West Nile virus is much more dangerous for equines, though there is a vaccine that can protect equines from the illness. The SPCA of Texas urges pet owners to protect their horses by getting them vaccinated by a licensed veterinarian. West Nile virus is not common in other livestock animals or fowl, however there have been confirmed cases of West Nile virus in horses in 48 states, including Texas.

Side effects infected horses exhibit can range from mild, flu-like symptoms to encephalitis, which means an inflammation of the brain, and the virus can be fatal. Currently there is no specific treatment for horses with West Nile Virus, but preventative measures are recommended.

If pet owners suspect their animals have been infected with West Nile virus, they should contact their veterinarian immediately.

The Design for the SPCA of Texas' Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center Receives Prestigious Award from the International Interior Design Association
8/9/2012

(DALLAS, TX) August 9, 2012 – The design for the SPCA of Texas’ Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center has been awarded one of seven Design Excellence Awards by the Texas Oklahoma Chapter of the International Interior Design Association (IIDA). The award will be presented at the annual IIDA Texas Oklahoma Chapter Awards Gala held at the Westin Galleria – Dallas on Friday, August 10, 2012. The new, 70,000-square-foot Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center opened to the public on January 2, 2012 – and on that day alone 23 shelter animals went home with families, one adoption every 15 minutes.

With the opening of the Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center, the SPCA of Texas, together with The Rees-Jones Foundation and our other community partners, created a new paradigm for animal shelters and pet adoptions. This is an extraordinary opportunity to demonstrate what is possible when we work together with compassion and responsibility for our animals. Most importantly, with the new facility, Dallas has an effective new resource to save lives.

“We are honored to have our new facility recognized by the International Interior Design Association,” said James Bias, president of the SPCA of Texas. “Our new facility is not only state-of-the-art and designed to control disease, but it provides a comforting and engaging atmosphere for both the animals and potential adopters. But most importantly, we are grateful for the vision and generosity of our partner, Jan Rees-Jones.”

The new facility, which is twice as large as the previous location, replaced the SPCA of Texas’ 40-year-old Dealey Animal Care Center at 362 South Riverfront Boulevard (formerly Industrial Boulevard) near downtown Dallas and is located in an area designated by the City of Dallas as the new Dallas Animal District. It includes a spacious shelter for homeless animals, a fully equipped medical wing and surgery suite to care for injured animals and provides spay/neuter and wellness services to shelter animals and  the public’s pets. It also has welcoming playrooms and outdoor green spaces where families can connect with adoptable pets, as well as classrooms for humane education programs and volunteer training. The building also houses the SPCA of Texas’ public call center, Rescue and Investigations team, education programs and administrative offices.

The SPCA of Texas purchased the new building in 2006 as part of its long-range facilities planning. HINOJOSA Architecture & Interiors was selected to design the interior and exterior spaces and Hill & Wilkinson was selected as the general contractor. 

“The renovations include unique viewing experiences and outdoor spaces that make it an enjoyable experience for both the prospective adopters and the animals available for adoption,” according to architect Gus Hinojosa, AIA. “Now, in addition to all the amazing work the SPCA of Texas does, the Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center is an award-winning example of how thoughtful teamwork can yield both practical and beautiful design.”

 

 

SPCA of Texas Offers $5,000 Reward in the Case of Deceased Dog Found with its Mouth Taped Shut in Kaufman County
7/27/2012

(KAUFMAN COUNTY, TX; DALLAS, TX); July 27, 2012—The SPCA of Texas is offering $5,000 as a reward to any individual who provides information leading to the arrest and conviction of the perpetrator(s) who has allegedly taped a dog's mouth shut in Kaufman County. The dog was already deceased when it was found. The dog's body was transported to the SPCA of Texas' Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center in West Dallas, where a veterinarian will perform a necropsy to determine the cause of death. Kaufman County officials have initiated a criminal investigation in this case.

Anyone with information should contact the Kaufman County Sheriff's Department at 972-932-4337.

"There is a well-documented link between animal cruelty and human violence." said SPCA of Texas President James Bias. "Helping the Kaufman County Sheriff's Department bring the person or people who did this to justice will help stop the cycle of abuse."

The SPCA of Texas points out that animal cruelty is often an early warning sign of violent tendencies that will be acted out against people. Childhood cruelty to animals has been linked to later antisocial and aggressive behavior in several retrospective studies.

The SPCA of Texas is committed to stopping this cycle through maintaining an active Rescue & Investigations team that responds to reports of abuse and neglect in eight North Texas counties, through lobbying the Texas legislature to strengthen animal cruelty laws, by encouraging the community to get involved in their local and state government to advocate for animals and by encouraging individuals to report all suspected animal cruelty to their local law enforcement agency and the SPCA of Texas. To report suspected cruelty or abuse to the SPCA of Texas, call 214-742-SPCA (7722) or visit www.spca.org/abuse.

The SPCA of Texas will do everything in its power to assist law enforcement as they work with prosecutors to take this specific case as far as possible under state law and bring this individual(s) to justice.

 

SPCA of Texas and Van Zandt County Sheriff Seize Six Abandoned Dogs from Canton, TX Property
7/25/2012

(CANTON, TX; DALLAS, TX); July 25, 2012 -- Today, under the authority of the Van Zandt County Sheriff’s Department, the SPCA of Texas took custody of six abandoned dogs from a property near Canton, TX. 

Two adult dogs and four puppies were found in a pen in the side yard of the property. No food was visible and the dogs' only water source was contaminated. One of the adult dogs has a severely matted coat, both adult dogs have hair loss and all of the dogs are infested with fleas. 

The Van Zandt County Sheriff’s Department contacted the SPCA of Texas regarding the abandoned dogs and an SPCA of Texas Investigator visited the property on July 20th. With no response at the front door of the residence on the property, the Investigator left a door tag requesting a call back. The SPCA of Texas' Investigator returned to the property on July 24th and saw that the door tag was still on the front door. Again, there was no response when the Investigator knocked on the door. As there was no indication that anyone was caring for the dogs, the SPCA of Texas called the Van Zandt County Sheriff's Department with the update. The Van Zandt County Sheriff's Department's Investigator and the SPCA of Texas' Investigator returned to the property on July 25th and saw that the door tag had still not been removed. Once more, there was no response when they knocked on the door and the dogs' conditions had not changed. The Van Zandt County Sheriff's Department obtained a seizure warrant, and the dogs were transported to the SPCA of Texas' Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center in Dallas, where they will be cared for until the custody hearing. 

The custody hearing will be held on Tuesday, July 31st at 3 p.m. at the Van Zandt County Justice of the Peace Pct. 1 Courthouse at 212 W. Garland, Grand Saline, TX, Judge Scott Shinn presiding.

"Thanks to quick work by Van Zandt County Officials, we are able to move the dogs to the safety of our shelter," said Colby Grady, Chief Investigator for the SPCA of Texas.

If the SPCA of Texas receives custody of the animals, the organization would at that time individually evaluate the animals for placement or adoption on a case by case basis.

To help support the SPCA of Texas and its efforts to help abused, neglected and homeless animals and to support the SPCA of Texas' other programs and services, please visit www.spca.org/helptheanimals. To learn more about the SPCA of Texas, please visit our website at www.spca.org.

UPDATE: SPCA of Texas Receives Custody of 249 Cruelly Treated Animals Seized from Hunt County Property
7/24/2012

(HUNT COUNTY, TX; McKINNEY, TX); July 24, 2012 -- Today at a custody hearing in Greenville, TX at the Hunt County Justice of the Peace, Precinct 1, Place 2 courthouse, the SPCA of Texas received custody of 249 cruelly treated animals seized from a Hunt County property last Wednesday.

Under the authority of the Hunt County Constable, Precinct 1, the SPCA of Texas took custody of 249 animals--186 fowl of various species, 32 rabbits, 13 cats, 11 dogs and seven piglets--on Wednesday, July 18th from a Hunt County property north of Terrell, TX. The animals were not receiving adequate food, water, shelter or care.

To download photos from the scene, please right click on the following link or copy and paste it into a browser: http://www.spca.org/huntcounty071812.

The SPCA of Texas received a complaint regarding concerns of animal cruelty. An SPCA of Texas Investigator visited the property on July 5th and discovered the animals' conditions. The SPCA of Texas attempted to work with the owner to bring the animals' conditions into compliance with Texas Health and Safety Code. When the SPCA of Texas' Investigator returned to the property on July 16th, the animals' conditions had deteriorated. The SPCA of Texas and the Hunt County Constable visited the property on Tuesday, July 17th, and at that time the Hunt County Constable and the SPCA of Texas concurred that it was in the animals' best interest to remove the animals, and the Hunt County Constable sought a seizure warrant. During the last two visits to the property, a deceased goat and a deceased pig were found. The goat was found, bloated and stiff, in the front of the property on July 16th, and the piglet was found floating in his water source, which was contaminated, on July 17th.

The odor of feces was strong throughout the property. Dogs, cats, fowl and rabbits were living in feces-filled, overcrowded conditions in pens, cages and coops. Most of the animals were housed outside on the property, all of which was covered in feces and urine. Several dogs were living in make-shift pens made of chicken wire. Some rabbits were housed in elevated hutches and the rest lived in make-shift chicken wire that were full of feces. Most of the fowl were running loose on the property, but others were kept in make-shift crates the size of shoe boxes, also made of chicken wire. One small shed housed two chicken incubators that had chicks inside. Although the outside temperatures are climbing into the high 90s, one of the incubators still had a heat lamp running.

Some of the animals did not have access to an appropriate water source, and the only water many of the animals had to drink was contaminated. Many of the animals appeared to be unhealthy and lethargic.

"Not only is this a puppy mill, but this case is unique in that other animals in addition to dogs are being bred in a sub-standard environment, just to turn a profit," said Colby Grady, Chief Investigator for the SPCA of Texas.

Additionally, the owner stated that they were selling the animals at a flea market.

SPCA of Texas vehicles transported the animals to the Perry Animal Care Center at 8411 Stacy Road in McKinney, TX, where they were examined by medical staff and have been cared for until today's custody hearing. Some of the animals were later transferred to the Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center at 2400 Lone Star Drive in Dallas, TX.

If the animal owner does not file an appeal in the next ten days, the SPCA of Texas will at that time individually evaluate the animals for adoption or placement on a case by case basis.

To help support the SPCA of Texas and its efforts to help abused, neglected and homeless animals and to support the SPCA of Texas' other programs and services, please visit www.spca.org/helptheanimals. To learn more about the SPCA of Texas, please visit our website at www.spca.org.

SPCA of Texas and Hunt County Constable, Precinct 1 Take Custody of 249 Cruelly Treated Animals from Hunt County Property
7/18/2012

(HUNT COUNTY, TX; McKINNEY, TX); July 18, 2012 --Under the authority of the Hunt County Constable, Precinct 1, the SPCA of Texas took custody of 249 animals--186 fowl of various species, 32 rabbits, 13 cats, 11 dogs and seven piglets--on Wednesday, July 18th from a Hunt County property north of Terrell, TX. The animals were not receiving adequate food, water, shelter or care.

To download photos from the scene, please right click on the following link or copy and paste it into a browser: http://www.spca.org/huntcounty071812.

The SPCA of Texas received a complaint regarding concerns of animal cruelty. An SPCA of Texas Investigator visited the property on July 5th and discovered the animals' conditions. The SPCA of Texas attempted to work with the owner to bring the animals' conditions into compliance with Texas Health and Safety Code. When the SPCA of Texas' Investigator returned to the property on July 16th, the animals' conditions had deteriorated. The SPCA of Texas and the Hunt County Constable visited the property on Tuesday, July 17th, and at that time the Hunt County Constable and the SPCA of Texas concurred that it was in the animals' best interest to remove the animals, and the Hunt County Constable sought a seizure warrant. During the last two visits to the property, a deceased goat and a deceased pig were found. The goat was found, bloated and stiff, in the front of the property on July 16th, and the piglet was found floating in his water source, which was contaminated, on July 17th.

The odor of feces was strong throughout the property. Dogs, cats, fowl and rabbits were living in feces-filled, overcrowded conditions in pens, cages and coops. Most of the animals were housed outside on the property, all of which was covered in feces and urine. Several dogs were living in make-shift pens made of chicken wire. Some rabbits were housed in elevated hutches and the rest lived in make-shift chicken wire  that were full of feces. Most of the fowl were running loose on the property, but others were kept in make-shift crates the size of shoe boxes, also made of chicken wire. One small shed housed two chicken incubators that had chicks inside. Although the outside temperatures are climbing into the high 90s, one of the incubators still had a heat lamp running.

Some of the animals did not have access to an appropriate water source, and the only water many of the animals had to drink was contaminated. Many of the animals appeared to be unhealthy and lethargic.

"Not only is this a puppy mill, but this case is unique in that other animals in addition to dogs are being bred in a sub-standard environment, just to turn a profit," said Colby Grady, Chief Investigator for the SPCA of Texas.

Additionally, the owner stated that they were selling the animals at a flea market.

SPCA of Texas vehicles transported the animals to the Perry Animal Care Center at 8411 Stacy Road in McKinney, TX, where they will be examined by medical staff and cared for until the custody hearing. Some of the animals will later be transferred to the Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center at 2400 Lone Star Drive in Dallas, TX.

The custody hearing will take place on Tuesday, July 24, 2012 at 1 p.m. at the Hunt County Justice of the Peace, Precinct 1, Place 2 courthouse at 2801 Stuart Street in Greenville, Texas, Judge Sheila Linden presiding.

If the SPCA of Texas is awarded custody of the animals, they would be individually evaluated for potential adoption or placement on a case by case basis.

To help support the SPCA of Texas and its efforts to help abused, neglected and homeless animals and to support the SPCA of Texas' other programs and services, please visit www.spca.org/helptheanimals. To learn more about the SPCA of Texas, please visit our website at www.spca.org.
TXU Energy and the SPCA of Texas Take Home the Dog Days of Summer, Encourage Texans to Adopt Energy Saving Habits That Comfort Indoor Pets
7/11/2012

DALLAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The dog days of summer are here. To support Texas electricity customers and the four-legged friends they have at home, TXU Energy and the SPCA of Texas are working together to build awareness for indoor temperatures and energy habits that conserve electricity without stressing pets who stay indoors on hot summer days and nights. TXU Energy is also inviting Texans to share how they will beat the heat this summer for a chance to win up to $10,000 via the new TXU Energy Beat the Heat Sweepstakes, and entrants with pets can also use photos of their four-legged family members as entries via Instagram.

The new pet-centric conservation advice could help support millions of pets and people across the state. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association’s Pet Ownership Calculator, for the 5.7 million Texas households with electric choice, more than 1.5 million of them have dogs, cats or both. And, since many households have more than one pet at home, that could be more than 3 million dogs and cats.

”At TXU Energy, we know many people find it challenging to balance their dedication to keeping indoor pets cool and comfortable with their efforts to conserve electricity and cut cooling costs through the summer,” said Michael Grasso, chief marketing officer, TXU Energy. “Thanks to new summer savings programs and plans from TXU Energy — and great advice from our friends at the SPCA of Texas — we know that achieving both is easier than you may think.”

Pet-Friendly Energy-Efficiency Tips

During the dog days of summer, heat safety is crucial to your two-legged family members as well as your four-legged ones. TXU Energy and the SPCA of Texas urge pet owners to be cautious of high outdoor temperatures and know when to bring pets inside to prevent heat-related injuries, which could be deadly. Whether your pets are inside temporarily, sometimes or all the time, you can conserve electricity to save money on your bills and still keep them safe and comfortable. But there are do’s and don’ts. TXU Energy recently consulted the SPCA of Texas’ experts and veterinarians on how energy efficiency can affect indoor pets in the summer. This led to the following six tips:

1. Set your thermostat at 78 degrees while you’re out. You can set your thermostat to a higher temperature when nobody is home, but if you have a dog or a cat indoors, don’t set it higher than 78-80 degrees and don’t turn off your air conditioner. If your pet has a health condition, be sure to check with your vet on a good temperature setting. A programmable thermostat can make controlling your indoor temperature easy; and, with some models, you can do it via the Web or your smartphone.

2. Turn off lights and ceiling fans. To avoid wasting electricity, leave these off in rooms you’re not using, whether you’re home or away. According to the SPCA, if your pets are home indoors without you, natural lighting is the most soothing, even if it’s filtered by blinds, drapes or outside awnings. And, while the breeze of a ceiling fan against your skin may help you feel cooler, your pets don’t notice the difference like you do.

3. Treat sunny windows to reduce glare. While many pets enjoy basking in the sunshine that comes in from windows, remember that the sun’s glare can affect the indoor temperature in your home, leading your cooling system to switch on more frequently. Consider treating your windows with solar film, or close most of the blinds and drapes (OK, maybe not your pet’s favorite one…) to filter the light that can increase indoor temperatures.

4. Turn off TVs, radios and music. Leaving home electronics like TVs, radios or music turned on may keep your pet active in the daytime hours versus getting rest and relaxation while you’re away. According to the vets at the SPCA of Texas, this might make them lethargic once you’re home. So, if you want to spend quality time with them when you’re home, consider leaving these electronics turned off during the day — especially for cats, who are nocturnal by nature.

5. Leave out plenty of water. Regardless of the indoor temperature settings, be sure to leave plenty of water around for your pets to drink. You can drop ice cubes in their water bowls to keep their water cooler longer. And while some people leave faucets dripping to encourage their pets to drink, this wastes water and the electricity used to transport it to your home. A more energy-efficient option is a pet fountain that circulates water and uses minimal amounts of electricity.

6. Seal air leaks. You can keep more of your household budget for pet treats, toys and pampering if you avoid wasting the electricity that helps to cool your home. So, be sure your windows, doors and fireplaces are sealed to keep cool air from leaking out of the house when it’s hot outside. In the summer, air leaks can cause your cooling system to run more frequently. This uses more electricity and can lead to higher bills.

“We know pets are special family members for millions of folks in North Texas, and we are pleased to help those families make sure their pets’ health, safety and comfort are a priority this summer,” said SPCA of Texas President, James Bias. “Thanks to TXU Energy, families can have the peace of mind knowing they can save money on their electricity bills, while their pets enjoy cool temperatures indoors.”

For heat safety tips relevant to outdoor pets, go to http://www.spca.org/heatsafety.

Pet Lovers, Instagram and the TXU Energy Beat the Heat Sweepstakes

The grand prize of the new sweepstakes will be between $7,500 and $10,000, depending on the hottest local daily temperatures in Texas between July 2 and Sept. 29. One way pet lovers can enter is by using Instagram to share photos of how they or their pets are beating the heat this summer, following @txuenergy on Instagram and tagging the photo with #TXUEbeattheheat. To encourage safe temperatures for indoor pets, they can also title or tag their photos with their thermostat settings at home. Other entry methods include Facebook, Twitter and more. Texans 18 or older are eligible to enter, and the sweepstakes is not limited to Texans with pets. The winner will be randomly drawn from all eligible entries. For full details, go to the dedicated Facebook tab for the sweepstakes. No purchase is necessary to enter or win.

Controlling your home temperature via the Web or your smartphone

TXU Energy offers its customers the power to set, program and adjust their home temperature settings anywhere they have an Internet connection or a smartphone signal through its programmable thermostat, the Brighten ® iThermostat. The tool is an energy savings solution from TXU Energy, and it’s a great option for customers who have pets indoors. The tool makes it easy to access, change or set indoor temperatures while at home or away via a Web-enabled PC or tablet or a smartphone.

About the SPCA of Texas

The SPCA of Texas is the leading animal welfare agency in North Texas. The non-profit organization operates two shelters and three spay/neuter clinics located in Dallas and McKinney, and maintains a team of five animal cruelty investigators to respond to thousands of calls in eight North Texas counties. Moreover, the SPCA of Texas serves as an active resource center for an array of services that bring people and animals together to enrich each others’ lives. The SPCA of Texas is not affiliated with any other entity and does not receive general operating funds from the City of Dallas, State of Texas, federal government or any other humane organization. The SPCA of Texas is dedicated to providing every animal exceptional care and a loving home.

About TXU Energy

TXU Energy is a market-leading competitive retail electricity provider, powering the lives of more Texans than any other retailer. TXU Energy offers a variety of innovative products and solutions, allowing both its residential and business customers to choose options that best meet their needs, including exceptional customer service, competitively priced electricity service plans, innovative energy efficiency options, renewable energy programs and other electricity-related products and services. Visit txu.com for more information about TXU Energy. REP #10004.

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Contacts

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BIG FIX FOR BIG D Offers $20 Spay and Neuter Surgeries to Address Animal Overpopulation
6/7/2012

 Three-year, $5 million initiative will drastically increase number of animals sterilized and ease burden on system, reducing need for high rates of euthanasia

(DALLAS, TX) June 7, 2012 – Today, a group of animal welfare agencies and funders officially launched the first phase of a big new initiative, “Big Fix for Big D,” which will offer $20 spay and neuter surgeries, vaccinations and registration for animals in 18 of the highest-need zip code areas ofDallas. The $5 million initiative’s goal is to reduce the high rates of euthanasia at Dallas Animal Services and Adoption Center that is caused by unchecked breeding, resulting in thousands more animals than the system is able to handle.

“Dallas is home to an overpopulation of animals that are not sterilized, which is causing a burden on the City and unfortunate euthanasia of healthy dogs and cats at Dallas Animal Services and Adoption Center,” said James Bias, SPCA of Texas President. “It is our hope that through the collaborative efforts of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Texas (SPCA of Texas), Dallas Animal Services (DAS), the Kaufman County Animal Awareness Project (KCAAP) and Metroplex Animal Coalition (MAC), along with pet owners throughout the Metroplex, that the number of unsterilized animals can be dramatically decreased. But most importantly, we want to relieve animal suffering as a product of the thousands of unwanted and homeless puppies and kittens that are born in our community each year.”

“This unique partnership will make a major difference in the animal overpopulation problem, and is a testament to a spirit of cooperation among animal welfare agencies inDallas,” said Elaine Munch, Metroplex Animal Coalition President. “In fact, the communities seeing the biggest success with spay/neuter programs are those in which several agencies partnered to do more together than they could do separately.”

The first year of the “Big Fix for Big D” initiative will be funded by the Companion Animal Funders Coalition, which includes the City of Dallas, The Dallas Foundation, The Meadows Foundation, PetSmart Charities®, The Rees-Jones Foundation and the Summerlee Foundation.

The first phase of the Big Fix for Big D initiative will focus on owned dogs and cats and feral/free-roaming cats in City of Dallas neighborhoods located south of I-30. The 18 zip codes include: 75203, 75207, 75208, 75210, 75211, 75215, 75216, 75217, 75223, 75224, 75227, 75232, 75233, 75236, 75237, 75241, 75249, and 75253.

Pet owners who reside in these zip codes can find more information on www.BigFixforBigD.com or by calling one of the agencies who will be performing the procedures: DAS (214-670-6800 – for informational calls only, no appointments taken on this line), KCAAP (972-472-3500), MAC (972-498-8800) and SPCA of Texas (214-742-SPCA). Residents will need to provide proof of residency at the time of surgery. The $20 surgeries, vaccinations and registration will be available starting June 7.

The target zip codes for the first phase of the program were chosen because: 

  • The greatest number of animal-related 311 calls originates in these zip codes. Incoming complaints are categorized as (1) loose/stray animal; (2) aggressive/dangerous animal; (3) sick or injured animal; or (4) pick up unwanted animal.
  • These zip codes include the top 10 originating zip codes for DAS intake.
  • A survey of pet owners funded by the Summerlee Foundation identified the Southwest region of the city as home to the greatest portion (36%) of respondents who were least likely to spay/neuter their pets.

“We are excited to see the positive effect this will have on our community and the animals that are suffering,” said Bonnie Hill, KCAAP President. “Once we implement the first phase in these 18 high-need zip codes, we will reevaluate and determine the next areas to grow the program. In three years, it’s realistic that we could significantly reduce euthanasia rates at Dallas Animal Services by increasing spay and neuter surgeries. This new program can be the solution to a problem that has been looming over the animal welfare community for years.”

“The City of Dallas is proud to be a partner in the Big Fix for Big D project,” said Jody Jones, DAS Division Manager.  “As part of our commitment to saving lives, our focus must be on creating a more humane community for the animals where pets are sterilized and provided the appropriate level of care.  The Big Fix for Big D will give citizens access to resources, thereby improving the quality of life for the animals and people of our community.”

Targeting specific zip codes during specific timeframes will allow for better tracking of each phase of the program. The partner agencies estimate that that 75 percent of dogs and cats in the 18 zip codes are not sterilized. The participating animal welfare groups will be working to sterilize both owned pets and feral and free roaming cats.

For more information on how to take part in the “Big Fix for Big D,” visit www.BigFixforBigD.com.  

About Big Fix for Big D

The Big Fix for Big D initiative is a multi-year effort of four community partners to spay or neuter tens of thousands of pets inDallasto significantly diminish numbers of unwanted litters, with the ultimate goal of reducing animal euthanasias at Dallas Animal Services. Through the Big Fix for Big D initiative, the City ofDallas Animal Servicesand Adoption Center (DAS), Kaufman County Animal Awareness Project (KCAAP), Metroplex Animal Coalition (MAC) and the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Texas (SPCA of Texas), will offer spay/neuter surgeries, vaccinations and registration for only $20.

The Companion Animal Funders Coalition has committed $1.3 million to fund the first year of the Big Fix for Big D initiative. Members include the City ofDallas, The Dallas Foundation, The Meadows Foundation, PetSmart Charities®, the Summerlee Foundation and The Rees-Jones Foundation.

Launching in June 2012, the Big Fix for Big D project in its first year will target owned dogs and cats and feral/free roaming cats in 18 Dallaszip codes located south of I-30. The goal is to decrease animal intakes at Dallas Animal Services and AdoptionCenterby 30% after three years. For more information, visit www.BigFixforBigD.com


SPCA of Texas Transfers 68 Dogs from Uvalde, TX
4/26/2012

(UVALDE, TX/McKINNEY,TX); April 26, 2012—The SPCA of Texas transported 68 dogs from Uvalde, TX to its Perry Animal Care Center in McKinney, Sunday, April 22, 2012. The SPCA of Texas partnered with the Uvalde Humane Society to transfer these dogs into our shelters in Dallas and McKinney in an effort to find homes for them. The dogs had previously been seized from inhumane conditions.

To download photos of the transfer, taken in Uvalde, TX, visit www.spca.org/uvaldetransfer.

The SPCA of Texas has evaluated the dogs for potential adoption or placement on a case by case basis. Although we transfered in 68 new dogs, the SPCA of Texas is accepting animals as usual from the North Texas community.

The dogs were part of a seizure of 209 animals—197 dogs and 12 cats—on Tuesday, April 3rd from the Friends of Uvalde Animal Shelter, a no-kill shelter in Uvalde, TX, amid allegations of medical concerns and filthy, overcrowded cages on the property. Volunteers from the Uvalde Humane Society have cared for the animals since the seizure, and the Uvalde Humane Society was awarded custody of the animals at a civil hearing on Wednesday, April 11th. Many of the animals have been transferred to other groups from across the state of Texas since the hearing. These 68 dogs were the last group to be transferred from the original group of 209 animals.

Although the SPCA of Texas’ Rescue and Investigations department currently investigates allegations of animal cruelty and abuse in eight counties in North Texas, the organization has had an open investigation on this case since 2004, when the organization travelled state-wide.

The ongoing investigation in this case gathered momentum after the strengthened animal cruelty laws went into effect in 2010. Immediate action was taken in early April when new information came to light of neglected animals living in filthy, overcrowded cages. The SPCA of Texas also sent its Chief Investigator, Colby Grady, to consult with the Uvalde County Attorney at his request before the animals were seized, as the SPCA of Texas had been involved with this case previously.

“The county appreciates Mr. Grady’s assistance in this case,” said John Dodson, Uvalde County Attorney. “I hope this case will generate discussion on addressing animal control and spay and neuter in Uvalde County. Times are changing, our community is changing and we’re glad these animals are now being cared for.”

“I was happy to consult with the Uvalde County Attorney in this case,” said Colby Grady, Chief Investigator for the SPCA of Texas. “Thanks to stronger animal cruelty laws and the education of local law enforcement authorities, we can all do more to help cruelly treated animals in Texas.”

The SPCA of Texas encourages people who are considering adding a pet to their family to adopt and give all the animals in our shelters the loving homes they deserve. If now is not the best time to introduce a new best friend to the family, please help us rescue, heal and find homes for the animals in our care by donating at www.spca.org/helptheanimals. To see a full listing of all available animals at the SPCA of Texas, visit www.spca.org/findapet.

To help the SPCA of Texas fund future efforts like this and to support the SPCA of Texas' other programs and services, please visit www.spca.org/helptheanimals. To learn more about the SPCA of Texas, please visit our website at www.spca.org.

SPCA of Texas increases reward offered in animal abuse case; Puppy allegedly set on fire in Pleasant Grove died last week
4/18/2012

DALLAS - The SPCA of Texas is increasing the reward it is offering to $25,000 for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of the person or persons who allegedly set a dog on fire in Pleasant Grove. Several supporters have pledged funding to allow the SPCA of Texas to increase the reward, including received from an anonymous donor and $5,000 from the Murrell Foundation.

Dallas police and Dallas Animal Services responded to the complaint in Pleasant Grove on April 4 and an animal cruelty investigation is now in progress. The puppy, named Justice, was being cared for by DFW Rescue Me, but died last week from his injuries. Dallas Animal Services is asking the individuals who videotaped and photographed the incident to come forward, or anyone with information that will lead to the arrest and prosecution of individuals involved in this case to call Crime Stoppers at (214) 373-8477. All calls will be confidential.

"A person who commits this type of torture should be accountable for this vicious act,” said SPCA of Texas President James Bias. “There is a well-documented link between animal cruelty and human violence. Assisting Dallas Animal Services and the Dallas Police Department with bringing this person or persons to justice will help stop the cycle of abuse."

The SPCA of Texas points out that animal cruelty is often an early-warning sign of violent tendencies that will be acted out against people. Childhood cruelty to animals has been linked to later antisocial and aggressive behavior in several retrospective studies.

The SPCA of Texas is committed to stopping this cycle through maintaining an active Rescue & Investigations team that responds to reports of abuse and neglect in eight North Texas counties, through lobbying the Texas legislature to strengthen animal cruelty laws, by encouraging the community to get involved in their local and state government to advocate for animals and by encouraging individuals to report all suspected animal cruelty to their local law enforcement agency and the SPCA of Texas. To report suspected cruelty or abuse to the SPCA of Texas, call 214-742-SPCA (7722) or visit www.spca.org/abuse.

The SPCA of Texas will do everything in its power to assist law enforcement as they work with prosecutors to take this specific case as far as possible under state law and bring this individual(s) to justice.

SPCA of Texas Offers $5,000 Reward in Animal Abuse Case
4/10/2012

The SPCA of Texas is offering a $5,000 reward to anyone with information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for allegedly setting a puppy on fire in Pleasant Grove. The injured puppy is now being cared for by DFW Rescue Me.

Dallas police responded to the complaint in Pleasant Grove on April 4. An animal cruelty investigation is now in progress. Dallas Animal Services (DAS) has created a special hotline to help solve the case.

DAS Animal Cruelty Supervisor Domanick Munoz said anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (214) 373-8477. All calls will be confidential.

Duncanville Woman Accused of Animal Cruelty Accepts Plea Bargain, Pleads No Contest to Ten Misdemeanor Charges
4/5/2012

(DALLAS, TX); April 5, 2012 -- Today, Colleen Cotton-Ogden agreed to a plea bargain, and pleaded no contest to ten charges of misdemeanor animal cruelty. In the plea bargain, Cotton-Ogden received two years deferred adjudication, a $2,000 fine, and special conditions of probation, which include: mental health evaluation and counseling by a licensed counselor certified in Anicare (a treatment protocol for people who have committed animal cruelty); she cannot possess or transport any animals; and she must allow unannounced spot checks. The Dallas County District Attorney's Office says that if she complies with the probation conditions for one year, they will not prosecute her on any of the other animals.

Prior to a custody hearing on Wednesday, October 26, 2011, at Duncanville City Hall, an agreement was reached between all parties involved regarding 108 animals seized from a Duncanville property on Friday, October 21, 2011. The animal owner, her attorneys, the City of Duncanville and the SPCA of Texas reached an agreement for the animal owner to relinquish ownership of the animals to the SPCA of Texas, and that restitution would be waived. Judge Kent Traylor signed the agreement.

To view photographs taken at the scene, please visit www.spca.org/duncanville10212011.

Under the authority of the Duncanville Police Department, the SPCA of Texas seized 108 cruelly confined dogs and cats on Friday, October 21, 2011 from a Duncanville, TX property. The animals--102 dogs and six cats--were being kept in and around three feces-filled, urine-soaked houses on the property, and were not receiving proper food, water or care. The smell of urine and feces was overwhelming throughout the property.

The cats and several of the dogs were living in filthy conditions in the house situated closest to the street. The cats were kept in a small, filthy room attached to the garage of the first house, where they had no choice but to live in their own feces and urine. Eight to ten dogs were living, some in rusted crates and some loose, in a room accessible from a bedroom in this first house. The floor in this room was decaying, and it was coated in feces, urine and filthy bed sheets and blankets. The door to this room had been sealed off with industrial tape and hidden by a curtain.

The second house contained approximately 20 dogs who were living in deplorable conditions. These dogs were housed inside filthy, rusted and hair-encrusted wire cages that were caked in feces and urine; their food mixed in with feces, hay and bed sheets. In many cases, the feces mixture was stacked so high that SPCA of Texas staff members had to force the doors of the crates open by bending them enough to gently remove the dogs in order to prepare them for transport. The walls inside this house were covered with filth and cobwebs, and the floor was almost invisible under a layer of excrement anywhere from a few inches to a foot deep. 

Approximately 70 dogs were living in and around the third house on the property. Many of these dogs were also kept inside rusted wire cages and pet carriers scattered throughout the house, but mainly in the kitchen, pantry, laundry room and main hallway areas. Special shelving had been constructed in a room off of the kitchen of this house that appeared to be specifically designed to house dogs stacked in cages. Several of these dogs were observed gnawing on the bars. The areas of this house that contained dogs were covered in urine and feces. Dogs were also kept in large, filthy pens outside the house. 

The SPCA of Texas had received information that the animal owner was a part of a rescue group and was separated from that group to start her own purported rescue group called Elliot's Friends Rescue. The animal owner was allegedly transferring animals from at least one municipal shelter. It is important to note that although animal shelters need a license in order to operate in Texas, rescue groups do not. Some licensed shelters are put under such pressure to not euthanize animals for any reason that they end up transferring animals to anyone willing to accept them. Some rescue groups that end up taking more animals than they can reasonably handle then often end up warehousing these animals. 

The rescue groups that the SPCA of Texas works with are all committed to finding homes for animals and giving those animals the best of care until they are adopted into loving homes, not merely hoarding them like what was witnessed last week. Licensed shelters and reputable rescue groups are fully transparent in their communications, policies and procedures; allow you to see where their animals are housed; and have standards of care that include cleaning regimens, proper documentation of all treatments that animals have received and a focus on finding homes for the animals in their care. By adopting from these groups, the public can help eliminate the so-called rescue groups that wind up cruelly treating animals.

As always, the SPCA of Texas urges the public to contact law enforcement or contact the SPCA of Texas to report suspected animal cruelty or abuse. People can make a report to the SPCA of Texas by visiting www.spca.org/abuse.

The SPCA of Texas received a call from the Duncanville Police Department on Wednesday, October 19, 2011, and an SPCA of Texas Investigator visited the location that day. Upon discovering the cruel confinement, inadequate food and water and filthy living conditions, the Duncanville Police Department and the SPCA of Texas Investigator agreed that the animals were in need of immediate care. The Duncanville Police Department obtained a seizure warrant and the SPCA of Texas transported the dogs and cats to the SPCA of Texas' Perry Animal Care Center at 8411 Stacy Rd. in McKinney, TX.

The animals were individually evaluated for potential placement or adoption on a case by case basis.

 

To help support the SPCA of Texas and its efforts to help abused, neglected and homeless animals and to support the SPCA of Texas' other programs and services, please visit www.spca.org/helptheanimals. To learn more about the SPCA of Texas, please visit our website at www.spca.org.

 

SPCA of Texas Transfers 48 Animals from Lancaster Animal Services in Aftermath of North Texas Storms
4/4/2012

(LANCASTER, TX; DALLAS, TX); April 4, 2012 -- The SPCA of Texas transferred 28 dogs, 14 puppies and 4 cats and 2 kittens from Lancaster Animal Services today so that Animal Services staff may concentrate on housing pets affected by yesterday's storms and reuniting Lancaster residents with pets who became lost during the storms. The animals in this transfer are those that were in the Lancaster shelter prior to the storms that could be available for adoption, not any animals that were affected by the storms.

To view photos of this transfer, visit www.spca.org/lancastertransfer.

The nursing mother dogs and their litters, as well as all of the cats, will be housed at the SPCA of Texas' Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center in West Dallas. The rest of the dogs will be housed at the SPCA of Texas' Perry Animal Care Center in McKinney. The SPCA of Texas will individually evaluate the animals for placement or adoption on a case by case basis. Those interested in adopting animals from this transfer may stay tuned to www.spca.org/findapet to view animals from this transfer as they become available for adoption.

Lancaster residents who are looking for their lost pets should visit Lancaster Animal Services located at 690 East Main Street.

The SPCA of Texas advises anyone who has lost a pet to check in as soon as possible with their local animal care and control agency, visit that agency and any other nearby animal care and control facilities frequently, put up posters around their neighborhoods, post the pet's information to online lost/found pet sites and don't give up. It can sometimes take days or even weeks for animals frightened by storms to come out of hiding and find their way into an animal care agency.

The SPCA of Texas reminds people that the organization does not take in strays, but refers people who have found stray pets or are looking for strays to the animal care and control agency nearest to where the pet was found. 

To help support the SPCA of Texas and its efforts to help abused, neglected and homeless animals and to support the SPCA of Texas' other programs and services, please visit www.spca.org/helptheanimals. To learn more about the SPCA of Texas, please visit our website at www.spca.org.

SPCA of Texas and Van Zandt County Sheriff Seize 35 Animals from Wills Point, TX Property
3/21/2012

(WILLS POINT, TX; McKINNEY, TX); March 21, 2012 -- Under the authority of the Van Zandt County Sheriff’s Department, the SPCA of Texas seized 35 animals—22 dogs, 11 cats, one pig and one goat—on Wednesday, March 21st from a puppy mill in Wills Point, TX. The animals were cruelly confined, forced to live in their own filth and were not receiving proper water or proper care. 

To view photos of the animals, taken at the SPCA of Texas’ Perry Animal Care Center in McKinney, TX today, visit www.spca.org/vanzandt032112.

Inside the residence, four dogs were confined to small crates that were filled with feces and urine without access to water. The residence had a strong smell of ammonia that could be sensed from outside the door. Outside the residence, 18 dogs, 11 cats, 1 pig and 1 goat were living in their own waste and other debris inside pens and cages. One cat was found living inside what appeared to be a bird cage. These animals did not have access to an appropriate water source.

All of the animals were living in unsanitary conditions, which were infested with mice, roaches and fleas. The animals are suffering from a variety of issues, including hair loss, eye discharge, long nails and flea infestations, and many are thin. The pig has mange and extremely overgrown hooves. The goat is suffering from an abscess.

The animal owner and a family member both stated today that the animal owner had been breeding the dogs and selling them.

Puppy mill owners breed dogs for the purpose of selling the puppies for a profit, and the living conditions of the dogs comes a distant second. If you suspect you've found a puppy mill, the SPCA of Texas encourages you to report inhumane conditions and animal neglect to your local law enforcement agency and to the SPCA of Texas at www.spca.org/knowpuppymills.

The Van Zandt County Sheriff’s Department contacted the SPCA of Texas on March 14th regarding suspected animal cruelty. The SPCA of Texas then attempted to work with the animal owner to bring the animals’ living conditions into compliance with Texas Health and Safety Code. With no response from the animal owner, the SPCA of Texas contacted the Van Zandt County Sheriff’s Department, and on March 20th, SPCA of Texas’ investigators and Van Zandt County officials visited the property. As the animals’ living conditions had not improved, the SPCA of Texas and the Van Zandt County Sheriff’s Department concurred that the animals needed to be removed.

The custody hearing will be held on Thursday, March 29th at 10 a.m. at the Van Zandt County Justice of the Peace Pct. 3 Courthouse at 145 North Fifth Street in Wills Point, TX, Judge Herbert Dunn presiding.

If the SPCA of Texas receives custody of the animals, the organization would at that time individually evaluate the animals for placement or adoption on a case by case basis.

To help support the SPCA of Texas and its efforts to help abused, neglected and homeless animals and to support the SPCA of Texas' other programs and services, please visit www.spca.org/helptheanimals. To learn more about the SPCA of Texas, please visit our website at www.spca.org.

SPCA of Texas’ Adoptable Horses and Donkeys Still Have Some Spring in Their Step
3/16/2012

First Day of Spring Meet and Greet Adoption Event Tuesday, March 20

WHAT:   To kick off the first day of spring, the SPCA of Texas is hosting a “meet and greet” horse and donkey adoption event on Tuesday, March 20 from Noon to 6 p.m. at the Perry Animal Care Center at 8411 Stacy Road in McKinney.

To view all the available livestock pets, including pot-bellied pigs, before Tuesday, visit www.spca.org/findapet. To begin the adoption process, fill out the adoption application at www.spca.org/adoptlivestock today.

Although some of the 30 livestock pets who are waiting for their forever homes at the SPCA of Texas right now have been through some very difficult times, these big guys and gals still have some “spring in their step,” and they are waiting for their second chance at life and love as gentle companions in your herd.

HOW:    To adopt a livestock animal from the SPCA of Texas, prospective adopters fill out a livestock adoption application at www.spca.org/adoptlivestock.

To see adoptable horses and donkeys prior to the meet and greet, visit www.spca.org/findapet.

The adoption fee is $150 for horses, $100 for donkeys and $25 for pot-bellied pigs.

WHEN:  Tuesday, March 20
            Noon to 6 p.m.

WHERE: SPCA of Texas’ Perry Animal Care Center in McKinney
             8411 Stacy Rd, McKinney, TX 75070

WHY:     Horses and donkeys are wonderful companion animals for those who are familiar with and can provide the proper care for them. And, if your pasture is in need of a security guard, consider adopting a donkey.

Horses and donkeys available for adoption at the SPCA of Texas are often rescued from inhumane conditions, though some are owner surrenders. In fact, in 2011 alone, the SPCA of Texas’ Rescue and Investigations team seized 40 horses and donkeys from inhumane conditions all over North Texas. The team serves eight counties, including Dallas, Ellis, Fannin, Grayson, Hunt, Kaufman, Rains and Van Zandt

SPCA of Texas Announces “Spay, Don’t Litter” Program
3/12/2012

WHAT:      In an effort to spay, neuter, vaccinate and find homes for more animals in North Texas, the SPCA of Texas offers a new program, called “Spay, Don’t Litter,” that provides free spay surgery and free Rabies and Distemper combination vaccines for female cats and dogs. This program is available at any of the SPCA of Texas’ three spay/neuter and wellness clinics when that female’s litter of puppies or kittens is surrendered by their owner to either of the SPCA of Texas’ two animal care centers to be spayed and neutered, vaccinated and placed up for adoption.

To surrender an owned litter of puppies or kittens, set up a reservation by calling 214-742-7722 (SPCA), Mondays through Fridays. The SPCA of Texas takes in surrendered animals seven days a week at its two shelters. To take advantage of the free spay and vaccinations for the mother, make the appointment by calling 214-742-SPCA (7722) or by visiting www.spca.org/spayneuter. Bring the surrender contract for the litter to the appointment to receive the surgery and vaccinations at no charge.

The free vaccine portion of this special offer, available while supplies last, is made possible through a generous grant from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty of Animals (ASPCA).

CONTACT:  Call 214-742-SPCA (7722) or visit www.spca.org for more information

WHERE:     Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center and
                  Martin Spay/Neuter and Wellness Clinic in West Dallas
                  2400 Lone Star Drive
                  Dallas, TX 75224

                  Russell H. Perry Animal Care Center and
                  Spay/Neuter and Wellness Clinic in McKinney
                  8411 Stacy Road
                  McKinney, TX 75070

                  Village Fair Spay/Neuter and Wellness Clinic in South Dallas
                  4830 Village Fair Drive
                  Dallas, TX 75224

WHY:      Spaying, neutering and vaccinating pets saves lives by preventing unwanted litters, keeping thousands of animals off the streets and stopping the spread of dangerous illnesses like Rabies, Parvo and Distemper.

“The SPCA of Texas is offering this program to help prevent the cycle we have seen in the past, in which people would surrender an unwanted litter and then surrender another litter just a few months later,” said SPCA of Texas President James Bias. “Spaying mother dogs and cats puts an immediate stop to unwanted litters, and spaying or neutering the mothers’ offspring before putting them up for adoption stops the cycle of unwanted pets in its tracks while providing homes for pets in need.”

Having pets spayed and neutered is the most important way to prevent pet overpopulation and ensure that animals live happy, healthy lives in loving homes by decreasing roaming tendencies and aggression and preventing certain forms of cancer in pets. Vaccinating pets ensures that their immune systems can protect them from dangerous and life-threatening viruses and bacteria. Texas law also requires Rabies vaccinations for pets. Further, veterinary wellness care is a critical component of preventative care for cats and dogs.

SPCA of Texas Seized 27 Roosters and Hens, Dozens of Eggs from Athens, TX Property Last Sunday
2/29/2012

(VAN ZANDT COUNTY, TX); Wednesday, February 29, 2012--Under the authority of the Van Zandt County Sheriff's Department, the SPCA of Texas seized 27 birds--17 hens and ten fighting roosters--and 80 eggs from a property on FM 1861 located northeast of Athens, TX on Sunday, February 26th. The location was also the site of a shooting.

Law enforcement had asked that the SPCA of Texas wait to post any information on this matter pending the ongoing investigation. The Van Zandt County Sheriff's Department requests that any individuals with information regarding the shooting that took place on the property contact them at (903) 567-4133 or contact Van Zandt County Crime Stoppers at (903) 567-STOP (7867).

The roosters were all housed in wooden transport crates commonly used by cockfighters while the hens were loose on the property. The eggs were found inside incubators in the residence on the property.

The Van Zandt County Sheriff's Department responded to the property regarding other, unrelated issues on Sunday, February 26th. Having found animals on the property, the Sheriff's Department contacted the SPCA of Texas for assistance with the birds and eggs. The SPCA of Texas' Chief Investigator and Senior Humane Investigator immediately responded, and under the authority of the Van Zandt County Sheriff's Department, the SPCA of Texas removed the birds and eggs later that day. The animals were transported to a secure location, where they are being cared for until the custody hearing, which will be held on Monday, March 5th at 10 a.m. at the Van Zandt County Pct. 4 Courthouse on 1540 FM 279 in Ben Wheeler, TX 75754, Judge Scott Shinn presiding.

"The SPCA of Texas is thankful to the Van Zandt County Sheriff's Department for sending a clear message that this criminal activity will not be tolerated," said Colby Grady, Chief Investigator for the SPCA of Texas. "Cockfighting is an illegal activity that, sadly, occurs all over the state of Texas. The SPCA of Texas urges anyone with information regarding cockfights to report it to the SPCA of Texas."

Cockfighting is a crime in all 50 states, including Texas, where it is a felony, punishable by two years in a state jail and/or a $10,000 fine. It is a felony in 35 states and the District of Columbia and a misdemeanor in 15 states. Since 2002, a federal law has prohibited any interstate or foreign transport of fighting animals.

If the SPCA of Texas is awarded custody of the animals, they would be individually evaluated for potential placement on a case by case basis.

To help the SPCA of Texas fund future efforts like this and to support the SPCA of Texas' other programs and services, please visit http://www.spca.org/helptheanimals. To learn more about the SPCA of Texas, please visit our website at http://www.spca.org.

This Weekend: The SPCA of Texas Hosts “March Forth for Animals”
2/28/2012

In Conjunction with the Opening of the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge
Bridge-O-Rama Celebration

WHAT:       Join the SPCA of Texas and “March Forth for Animals” on Sunday, March 4, 2012 from Noon to 6 p.m. at the brand new, state of the art, JanRees-JonesAnimalCareCenter located at2400 Lone Star Drive in westDallas.

Held in conjunction with the grand opening of the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge celebration, Bridge-O-Rama, March Forth for Animals at the SPCA of Texas welcomes everyone to come see our brand new shelter and veterinaryclinic, meet all of the adoptable pets (dogs, cats and small mammals) who are looking for loving new homes, sign up to become an SPCA of Texas volunteer and learn about all of the exciting events and programs the SPCA of Texas has to offer.

After you take a look at your potential new best friend at the new shelter, sign up for the SPCA of Texas’ 7th annual Strut Your Mutt 3K Fun Run/Walk presented by VCA Animal Hospitals, coming up on Saturday, April 28th at Fair Park in Dallas. To learn more about Strut Your Mutt, visit www.strutyourmutt.info.

Best of all, registration for Strut Your Mutt will be only $20 (regularly $35) for everyone who registers at the shelter on Sunday, March 4th from Noon to 2 p.m., making it easy for people to "march forth" to help the animals.

WHEN:      Sunday, March 4, 2012

WHERE:   SPCA of Texas’ Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center
                 2400 Lone Star Drive
                 Dallas, TX 75212
                 214-742-7722(SPCA)

WHY:        March Forth for animals on March 4th and give a homeless pet a family to call his or her own, sign up to volunteer at the SPCA of Texas, and register for Strut Your Mutt 2012. It’s all to help the SPCA of Texas to rescue, heal and find homes for tens of thousands ofNorth Texas animals this year

MORE:      For more information about the SPCA of Texas, visit www.spca.org.

The SPCA of Texas’ Annual Strut Your Mutt Event is one of Dallas’ most popular fun runs for charity. Thousands of pets and their people walk, run, roll and stroll the broad sidewalks of FairPark, enjoying food, music, kids’ activities and exciting booths. For more information on Strut Your Mutt, visit www.strutyourmutt.info.

SPCA of Texas' Spring Break Camp 2012 - Register Now!
2/13/2012

WHAT:    Craving some creative activities for your little critters this spring break? Bring your two-legged family members to the brand new, Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center where they have the opportunity to play with animals in need of love, make arts and crafts and talk about responsible pet ownership.

Campers will learn the basics of animal care from our professional staff, hear about how our rescue team works to stop animal cruelty, have the opportunity to pet and play with our shelter animals and discuss important values such as kindness and love. They’ll find out what they can do to help pets in their own neighborhoods. Best of all, they’ll meet new friends both two-legged and four-legged!

Spring Break Camp takes place during spring break the week of March 12-14 and is offered to kids between 8-11 years of age.

Sessions fill up quickly, so be sure to register online at www.spca.org/springcamp.

WHEN:   March 12-14, 2012 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Campers must bring a sack lunch from home each day and wear sturdy play clothes
                 
Registration is open!

WHERE: SPCA of Texas’ Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center
               2400 Lone Star Drive
               Dallas,TX 75212

COST:    $140 per camper

HOW:     Registration is available online at www.spca.org/springcamp.

Fall in Puppy Love at the SPCA of Texas Fall in Puppy Love at the SPCA of Texas
2/10/2012

Join our celebration all month long

(DALLAS, TX/McKINNEY, TX); February 10, 2012 -- Fall in puppy love all over again when you adopt your new, life long love at the SPCA of Texas. During the month of February, we are sharing the love all month long with exciting, family fun events happening all around North Texas.

Mark your calendars for these love-filled events, and visit our Facebook page and Twitter feed for all the latest and greatest.

  • Tell us your love story! We know you just can’t help but brag about your pets, and now you have the chance to tell us about them on camera. Beginning Friday, February 10, 2012 through Monday, February 13, 2012, the SPCA of Texas’ “Tell Us Your Love Story” truck will be set up at various locations throughout North Texas (including areas in CollinCounty). Families will have the opportunity to create a special 30-60 second video honoring their pets. Pets are welcome to participate! Be sure to check the SPCA of Texas’ and for times and locations.Facebook pageTwitter feed
  • Be sure to do your Valentine’s shopping at Whole Foods Market on Preston and Forrest in North Dallason Monday, February 13 and a percentage of all sales will be donated to the SPCA of Texas. Our “Tell Us Your Love Story” truck will be parked at this Whole Foods Market location from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Monday, so bring your family and your pets. Visit the SPCA of Texas’ website, YouTube and Facebook pages to view your video!
  • Don’t forget, the best gift is the gift of health! The SPCA of Texas is offering a free Rabies and a free Distemper combination vaccine for cats and dogs with each spay or neuter surgery booked in the month of February at its three North Texas-area spay/neuter and wellness clinics thanks to a generous grant provided by the ASPCA. By spaying or neutering your pet, you not only ensure your pets’ health, but you are part of the solution in preventing the overpopulation of homeless pets.

And remember, if it’s puppy love, don’t say it with chocolate. The SPCA of Texas reminds pet owners that chocolate is dangerous for four-legged family members, so be sure to save the candy for your favorite people and not your pets. For more information on all the upcoming events at the SPCA of Texas, visit www.spca.org.

 

SPCA of Texas Offers Free Vaccines with Every Spay or Neuter Surgery Booked in February
2/1/2012

Appointments Available at All Three SPCA of Texas’ Spay/Neuter and Wellness Clinics

WHAT:      The SPCA of Texas is offering a free Rabies and a free Distemper combination vaccine for cats and dogs with each spay or neuter surgery booked in the month of February at its three North Texas-area spay/neuter and wellness clinics, including the Martin Spay/Neuter and Wellness Clinic in West Dallas, the Village Fair Spay/Neuter and Wellness Clinic in South Dallas and the Perry Spay/Neuter and Wellness Clinic in McKinney.

This special offer is made possible through a generous grant from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty of Animals (ASPCA).

Make your pet’s spay or neuter appointment today at any of our three low-cost spay/neuter and wellness clinics by calling 214-742-SPCA (7722) or by visiting www.spca.org/spayneuter.

HOW:        Call 214-742-SPCA (7722) or visit www.spca.org for more information

WHEN:      All appointments for spay or neuter surgery booked during the month of February
                 Surgical drop-offs are at 7 a.m. and pick-ups are at 3 p.m.

WHERE:   Martin Spay/Neuter and Wellness Clinic in West Dallas
                2400 Lone Star Drive
                Dallas, TX 75224

                Village Fair Spay/Neuter and Wellness Clinic in South Dallas
                4830 Village Fair Drive
                Dallas, TX 75224

                Perry Spay/Neuter and Wellness Clinic in McKinney
                8411 Stacy Road
                McKinney, TX 75070

WHY:      Spaying, neutering and vaccinating pets saves lives by preventing unwanted litters, keeping thousands of animals off the streets and stopping the spread of dangerous illnesses like Rabies, Parvo and Distemper.

Having pets spayed and neutered is the most important way to prevent pet overpopulation and ensure that animals live happy, healthy lives in loving homes by decreasing roaming tendencies and aggression and preventing certain forms of cancer in pets. Vaccinating pets ensures that their immune systems can protect them from dangerous and life-threatening viruses and bacteria. Texas law also requires Rabies vaccinations for pets. Further, veterinary wellness care is a critical component of preventative care for cats and dogs.

The SPCA of Texas’ spay/neuter clinics treat more than 42,000 animals each year.

The SPCA of Texas is the leading animal welfare agency in North Texas. The non-profit organization operates two shelters and two spay/neuter clinics located in Dallas and McKinney, and maintains a team of five animal cruelty investigators to respond to thousands of calls in eight North Texas counties. Moreover, the SPCA of Texas serves as an active resource center for an array of services that bring people and animals together to enrich each others’ lives. The SPCA of Texas is not affiliated with any other entity and does not receive general operating funds from the City of Dallas, State of Texas, federal government or any other humane organization. The SPCA of Texas is dedicated to providing every animal exceptional care and a loving home.

 

 

The SPCA of Texas Lowers Adoption Pricing by Almost 40%
1/26/2012

 

(DALLAS, TX/McKINNEY, TX); January 26, 2012 — In an effort to find homes for 20% more animals in 2012, the SPCA of Texas has lowered adoption fees by almost 40% on average this year. The SPCA of Texas’ homeless pets are available for adoption at the group’s two shelters, the Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center at 2400 Lone Star Drive in Dallas and the Russell H. Perry Animal Care Center at 8411 Stacy Road in McKinney, and six North Texas-area PetSmart stores.

“Removing financial barriers to adoption will help us reach our goal of finding homes for 20% more pets this year and help us further our mission, to provide every animal exceptional care and a loving home,” said James Bias, SPCA of Texas president. “Finding homes for more animals is core to that mission. We also remain committed to providing the same high level of care to the pets in our shelters and at our clinics and the same high level of support for the families who adopt from the SPCA of Texas.”

In 2011, adoption fees were $185-$285 for puppies (under 6 months of age), $95-$195 for adult dogs (6 months to 6 years), $75 for senior dogs (7 years or older), $50 for VIP dogs (dogs waiting for homes for more than 30 days), $125 for kittens (under 6 months of age), $95 for cats (6 months to 6 years), $75 for senior cats (7 years and older) and $50 for VIP cats (cats waiting for homes for more than 30 days).

In 2012, adoption fees have dropped to $95-125 for puppies (under 6 months of age), $75-95 for adult dogs (6 months to 6 years), $95 for kittens (under 6 months of age), $75 for adult cats (6 months to 6 years), $50 for senior dogs and cats (7 years and older) and $50 for VIP dogs and cats (animals waiting for homes for more than 30 days).

All adoptions at the SPCA of Texas include a spay/neuter surgery, age-appropriate vaccinations, a heartworm test for dogs six months and older, initial heartworm preventative for dogs, a feline leukemia test for cats four months and older, a microchip, a rabies tag, a free bag of food, one post-adoption health check-up within 14 days of adoption, 30 days of pet health insurance and a leash or cat carrier.

The average adoption fee at the SPCA of Texas is now $89, down from $141 last year. However, the SPCA of Texas continues to spend an average of $500 on each animal the organization takes in.

“Lowered fees do mean less revenue from adoptions for the SPCA of Texas,” said Bias. “The SPCA of Texas is counting on the partnership of the community to help make these lower adoption fees possible.”

The SPCA of Texas announces its first monthly corporate partner in making these lower fees possible, Claim Adjustment Specialists, a full service claims adjusting firm specializing in claims that arise from lender placed property insurance or mortgagee claims on vacant and foreclosed properties. For more about Claim Adjustment Specialists, visit www.casclaims.com. Their generous gift helps subsidize the new, lower adoption fees in 2012.

To help support the SPCA of Texas and its efforts to help homeless, abused and neglected animals and to support the SPCA of Texas' programs and services, please visit www.spca.org/donate.  Companies interested in becoming a corporate sponsor of the SPCA of Texas, please contact Gina Parker, VP for Community and Corporate Affairs, at gparker@spca.org or 214-461-1810.

“Pets offer unconditional love and never judge us. In these difficult times, sometimes a pet is the only reason people keep on going,” said Bias. “Our hope is that these lowered adoption fees will help more people bring home the joy and companionship a pet provides, in turn providing loving homes for more pets.”

Cheap Chips: SPCA of Texas Offers $10 Microchip Special through January 31, 2012
1/26/2012

Appointments Available at All Three SPCA of Texas Spay/Neuter and Wellness Clinics

WHAT: The SPCA of Texas offers a microchip special through January 31st at its Martin Spay/Neuter and Wellness Clinic in West Dallas, its Village Fair Spay/Neuter and Wellness Clinic in South Dallas its Perry Spay/Neuter Clinic in McKinney.

A microchip is a device, about the size of a grain of rice, that is placed under the skin between your pet shoulder blades. When scanned, an unalterable code is retrieved that matches up with a database that includes your contact information, so your pet can come directly back to you should they become lost.

You can also help prevent pet overpopulation and ensure your pet lives a long and healthy life by having your pet spayed or neutered and by taking them to a veterinarian for an annual check-up. Make your pet’s spay, neuter and/or wellness appointment today at any of our three low-cost Spay/Neuter and Wellness Clinics by calling 214-742-SPCA (7722).

HOW: Call 214-742-SPCA (7722) or visit www.spca.org for more information

WHEN:   Through January 31st

WHERE: Martin Spay/Neuter and Wellness Clinic
2400 Lone Star Drive
Dallas, TX 75224

Village Fair Spay/Neuter and Wellness Clinic
4830 Village Fair Drive
Dallas, TX 75224

Perry Spay/Neuter and Wellness Clinic
8411 Stacy Road
McKinney, TX 75070

WHY:  In the United States, one in every three pets becomes lost. Our pets are our family members, so losing them is not something anyone wants to face. Give your pets the best chance to come home in case the unthinkable happens and have them microchipped today. The SPCA of Texas is proud to offer this special as a part of their mission to provide every animal exceptional care and a loving home.

Spaying and neutering pets helps put a dent in the pet overpopulation problem, and also prevents certain forms of cancer in pets while decreasing their roaming, marking and aggression tendencies. Vaccinating dogs and cats ensures that their immune systems can protect them from dangerous and life-threatening viruses and bacteria. Texas law also requires rabies vaccinations. Further, veterinary wellness care is a critical component of preventative care for cats and dogs.


Opening to Public Today at Noon: SPCA of Texas' Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center, Located in West Dallas
1/2/2012

$10.5 Million Renovation Will Enable SPCA of Texas to Significantly Increase Services and Save More Lives

(DALLAS, TX); January 2, 2012 – The SPCA of Texas’ new, 70,000-square-foot Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center located at 2400 Lone Star Drive near Hampton Road and I-30 in West Dallas will open its doors to the public at Noon on January 2, 2012.

The new facility’s Myron K. Martin Spay/Neuter & Wellness Clinic will be twice the size of its Village Fair Spay/Neuter & Wellness Clinic in Oak Cliff, and will be open to the public for low-cost pet check-ups, treatments and spay/neuter surgeries, in addition to supporting the medical needs of the animals in the SPCA of Texas’ care. 

The animal care center includes a spacious shelter for homeless animals, a fully equipped medical wing and surgery suite to care for injured animals and provide spay/neuter and wellness services to shelter animals and for the public, welcoming playrooms and outdoor green spaces where families can connect with adoptable pets, and classrooms for humane education programs and volunteer training in the Rees-Jones Foundation Education Wing. The building already houses the SPCA of Texas’ public call center, Rescue and Investigations team, education programs and administrative offices.

The new facility will replace the SPCA of Texas’ 40-year-old Dealey Animal Care Center at 362 South Riverfront Boulevard (formerly Industrial Boulevard) near downtown Dallas. 

The SPCA of Texas purchased the building in 2006 as part of its long-range facilities planning and required relocation from Industrial Boulevard by the Texas Department of Transportation to make way for the planned development along the Trinity River. The SPCA of Texas’ new facilities is located in an area designated by the City of Dallas as the new Dallas Animal District. 

Says James Bias, President of the SPCA of Texas, “Our new building will provide significant capacity to rescue and shelter more abused and neglected animals. We will be able to serve many more animals daily than our previous space. We will also be able to accept more pets that owners must surrender due to the economic downturn. Best of all, we will be able to match more animals with North Texas families who seek to adopt pets."

Hinojosa Architecture & Interiors was selected to design the interior and exterior spaces and Hill & Wilkinson was selected as the general contractor.

“The renovations include unique viewing experiences and outdoor spaces that will make it an enjoyable experience for both the prospective adopters and the animals available for adoption,” said architect Gus Hinojosa, AIA. “We want this facility to become a destination for people and their future pets.”

Says Hill & Wilkinson’s Vice President of Retail Rob Dixon, “We believe this new SPCA of Texas facility will serve as a model for pet adoption facilities throughout the U.S. The uniqueness of the design, both inside and outside the facility, may influence how others approach both their adoption services and their educational component.”                   

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SPCA of Texas Receives Custody of 14 Dogs Seized from a Puppy Mill in De Leon, TX
12/29/2011

One Deceased Dog Also Found

(COMANCHE COUNTY, TX; DALLAS, TX); December 31, 2011 --Before a custody hearing on Friday, December 30th at the Comanche County Courthouse in Comanche, TX, an agreement was reached between the SPCA of Texas and the animal owner for the animal owner to relinquish ownership of 14 dogs to the SPCA of Texas. Judge Williams signed the agreement.

Under the authority of the De Leon Police Department, the SPCA of Texas seized 14 Chihuahuas on Thursday, December 29th from a puppy mill in Comanche County near downtown De Leon, TX. The animals were cruelly confined, forced to live in their own filth. One deceased dog was found on the property.

 

To view photos of the dogs, taken at the property, visit www.spca.org/deleon122911.

 

The dogs were living inside the residence on the property, which was filled with feces, cobwebs, roaches, trash and other filthy debris. The floor was soaked in urine to the point of decaying. In some places inside the residence, layers of feces and garbage were piled up to four or five inches high. The deceased dog, found under the owners bed, appeared to have died approximately four weeks ago. All of the other dogs had access to the same area where the deceased dog was found. Two female dogs, both believed to be pregnant, were housed inside one small, feces-filled bird cage. One dog is emaciated and others are extremely thin.

 

The animal owner stated that she had been breeding the dogs and selling them at flea markets and to individuals.

 

Puppy mill owners breed dogs for the purpose of selling the puppies for a profit, and the living conditions of the dogs comes a distant second. If you suspect you've found a puppy mill, the SPCA of Texas encourages you to report inhumane conditions and animal neglect to your local law enforcement agency and to the SPCA of Texas at www.spca.org/knowpuppymills.

 

The SPCA of Texas received a complaint of a suspected puppy mill on December 22nd. The SPCA of Texas then began working with De Leon Police Department and, together with the De Leon officials, visited the property on December 28th. After observing the dogs' conditions, the SPCA of Texas' Investigator and the De Leon Police Chief agreed that the dogs needed to be removed. The De Leon Police Department obtained a seizure warrant and the SPCA of Texas removed the animals and transported them to the SPCA of Texas' Dealey Animal Care Center at 362 S. Riverfront Blvd. in Dallas, TX, where they were cared for until the custody hearing. 

 

The dogs will now be individually evaluated for placement or adoption on a case by case basis.

 

To help support the SPCA of Texas and its efforts to help abused, neglected and homeless animals and to support the SPCA of Texas' other programs and services, please visit www.spca.org/helptheanimals. To learn more about the SPCA of Texas, please visit our website at www.spca.org.

 

SPCA of Texas Receives Custody of Seven Starving Horses Seized from Dallas County Property
12/22/2011

(DALLAS COUNTY, TX; McKINNEY, TX); December 22, 2011 -- Before a custody hearing today at the Dallas County Justice of the Peace Pct. 1 Courthouse in Lancaster, TX, an agreement was reached between the SPCA of Texas and the animal owner for the animal owner to relinquish ownership of seven horses to the SPCA of Texas. Judge Valencia Nash signed the agreement.

Under the authority of the Dallas County Sheriff's Department, the SPCA of Texas seized seven starving animals--six ponies and one horse--on Thursday, December 22nd from a Dallas County property in the 2000 block of Wagon Wheels Trail in Dallas. The animals were not receiving appropriate food, water or care. Four other horses were found deceased on the property.

To see photos of the horses, taken at the property, please visit www.spca.org/dallashorses122211.

The six ponies were found living with two of the deceased horses--a mare and a foal--in a large makeshift pen constructed of barbed wire strung between trees and old fencing material. These horses had gnawed off all of the bark as high as they could reach and are very thin to emaciated. The seventh live horse was found in a separate, eight foot by eight foot pen which also contained a chicken coop and other debris. This horse is also very thin. Two other deceased horses were found inside two other, separate pens made of chain link fencing. Bark had also been gnawed off of the trees inside the pens where these deceased horses were found.

The SPCA of Texas received an anonymous complaint regarding abandoned horses, however; early this morning the animal owner arrived on the property. An SPCA of Texas investigator visited the property on Wednesday, December 21st and was able to see two of the deceased horses and other ponies that were very thin. The SPCA of Texas' Investigator and the Deputy for the Dallas County Sheriff's Department met the morning of Thursday, December 22nd and agreed that the animals were in need of immediate care. The Dallas County Sheriff's Department obtained a seizure warrant and the SPCA of Texas removed the animals and transported them to the SPCA of Texas' Perry Animal Care Center at 8411 Stacy Rd. in McKinney, TX, where they were cared for until the custody hearing.

The horses will now be indivudually evaluated for potential adoption or placement on a case by case basis. 

To help support the SPCA of Texas and its efforts to help abused, neglected and homeless animals and to support the SPCA of Texas' other programs and services, please visit www.spca.org/helptheanimals. To learn more about the SPCA of Texas, please visit our website at www.spca.org.

SPCA of Texas Receives Custody of More Than 50 Animals Seized from a Puppy Mill in Mabank, TX
12/15/2011

(KAUFMAN COUNTY, TX; McKINNEY, TX); December 20, 2011 -- Before a custody hearing today at the Kaufman County Justice of the Peace Pct. 4 Courthouse in Kemp, TX, an agreement was reached between the District Attorney, the SPCA of Texas and the animal owner for the animal owner to relinquish ownership of more than 50 animals to the SPCA of Texas. Judge Johnny Adams signed the agreement. 

Under the authority of the Mabank Police Department, the SPCA of Texas seized 47 dogs, approximately four fish, one fat-tailed gecko, one California king snake and one gerbil on Thursday, December 15th from a puppy mill in Kaufman County near downtown Mabank, TX. The animals were cruelly confined and many were not receiving appropriate food, water or shelter. Two deceased dogs were found on the property.

To view photos of the dogs, taken at the property, visit www.spca.org/mabank121511.

Most of the dogs were living in their own waste inside pens outside the residence on the property. Both deceased dogs were found inside pens, one alone in a makeshift shelter and one in a pen that also contained a living dog. Some dogs were housed inside a shed in crates and small wire cages, one to four dogs inside each cage or crate. No food was observed on the property and the only water the dogs had to drink was rainwater that had collected in various containers strewn around the property. Some of the dogs are thin and some had eye discharge. A fat-tailed gecko, a California king snake, a gerbil and fish in four separate containers were found inside the residence. 

Many of the dogs on the property were kept in pairs, one male and one female of the same breed, inside the pens. The animal owner stated that she had been selling the dogs but would not disclose where she was selling them.

Puppy mill owners breed dogs for the purpose of selling the puppies for a profit, and the living conditions of the dogs come a distant second. If you suspect you've found a puppy mill, the SPCA of Texas encourages you to report inhumane conditions and animal neglect to your local law enforcement agency and to the SPCA of Texas at www.spca.org/knowpuppymills.

Earlier in the day on Thursday, December 15th, Mabank authorities had visited the property on an unrelated code compliance issue and observed the deceased dogs. The Mabank Police Department called the SPCA of Texas regarding the two deceased dogs. After observing all the animals' conditions, the SPCA of Texas' Chief Investigator Colby Grady and the Mabank Chief of Police Kyle McAfee agreed that the dogs needed to be removed immediately. The Mabank Police Department obtained a seizure warrant and the SPCA of Texas removed the animals and transported them to the SPCA of Texas' Perry Animal Care Center at 8411 Stacy Rd. in McKinney, TX, where they were cared for until the custody hearing. 

The SPCA of Texas will now begin individually evaluating the dogs for potential adoption or placement on a case by case basis.

To help support the SPCA of Texas and its efforts to help abused, neglected and homeless animals and to support the SPCA of Texas' other programs and services, please visit www.spca.org/helptheanimals. To learn more about the SPCA of Texas, please visit our website at www.spca.org

SPCA of Texas Receives Custody of Nine Dogs Found Abandoned on Royce City, TX Property
12/8/2011

(HUNT COUNTY, TX; McKINNEY, TX); December 19, 2011 -- At a custody hearing in Greenville, TX on Friday, December 16th, 2011, the SPCA of Texas received custody of nine dogs found abandoned on a Hunt County property.

Under the authority of the Hunt County Sheriff's Department, the SPCA of Texas seized the nine abandoned dogs on Wednesday, December 7th from a property near Royce City, TX. The dogs were receiving adequate food, water and shelter.

"The owners reportedly moved away and abandoned their dogs," said Colby Grady, Chief Investigator for the SPCA of Texas. "Thanks to quick work by Hunt County Officials, we are able to move the dogs to the safety of our shelter."

The SPCA of Texas received a complaint on Wednesday, November 30th regarding abandoned dogs on a property near Royce City, TX and immediately began the process of confirming that the dogs had indeed been abandoned.

Late Tuesday, December 6th, the Investigator for the SPCA of Texas and a Deputy for the Hunt County Sheriff's Department agreed that the animals had been abandoned and needed to be removed from the property. The Hunt County Sheriff's Department obtained a seizure warrant and the SPCA of Texas removed the animals and transported them to the SPCA of Texas' Perry Animal Care Center at 8411 Stacy Rd. in McKinney, TX, where they were cared for until the custody hearing.

If the animal owner does not file an appeal in the next ten days, the SPCA of Texas will at that time individually evaluate the animals for adoption or placement on a case by case basis.

To help support the SPCA of Texas and its efforts to help abused, neglected and homeless animals and to support the SPCA of Texas' other programs and services, please visit www.spca.org/helptheanimals. To learn more about the SPCA of Texas, please visit our website at www.spca.org

SPCA of Texas President James Bias Awarded for Excellence in Nonprofit Leadership by Center for Nonprofit Management
11/29/2011

Friday, November 11, 2011, the Center for Nonprofit Management presented the excellence in nonprofit leadership award to James Bias, SPCA of Texas President, at its 11th annual A Night of Light event at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas.

As the winner of the excellence in nonprofit leadership award as selected by an independent panel of judges, Bias received a $5,000 gift for the SPCA of Texas, an etched crystal award from Tiffany & Co and a gift certificate for an organizational assessment provided by the Center for Nonprofit Management.

Finalists for the excellence in nonprofit leadership also included Joel Allison, Baylor Health Care System and Zenetta Drew, Dallas Black Dance Theatre.

The A Night of Light event was created in 2001 to recognize and celebrate nonprofit excellence in North Texas. Now in its eleventh year, the event has awarded 57 agencies and individuals with $5,000 cash awards, a giving total of $285,000. The dinner benefits the Center for Nonprofit Management. The center serves more than 2,500 nonprofits a year, working to build stronger communities by increasing the performance and impact of nonprofit organizations.

The excellence in nonprofit leadership award acknowledges the outstanding contributions Bias’s leadership of the SPCA of Texas provides in the North Texas community. Through his 30-year career, James Bias has become the go-to person for animal welfare issues locally and statewide. Bias is a leader among peers for our community’s response against animal cruelty and overpopulation. Under his leadership, the SPCA of Texas took over the beleaguered Village Fair clinic in South Oak Cliff, and established a public/private partnership with the City of Dallas to provide free and low-cost spay/neuter surgeries to pets in low-income neighborhoods. This year, he is spearheading “The Big Fix in Big D,” an innovative 3-year collaboration with Metroplex Animal Coalition, the Dallas Foundation and KCAAP to reduce euthanasia in the City’s animal shelter (currently over 70%) by providing $20 spay/neuter surgeries for all Dallas pets.

The SPCA of Texas has also gained national recognition for capability and innovation under Bias’ watch. For example, in December 2009, Bias coordinated the largest animal cruelty rescue operation in United States history, the rescue of 26,411 abused animals from an Arlington animal importer. As another example, in 2010, Bias was sought out by a major foundation to provide ideas for eliminating puppy mills in North Texas. This first communication turned into a two-year partnership to test the impact of intensive law enforcement and public education efforts to stamp out this shameful “business.” Launched this summer, the groundbreaking “Know the Truth Behind the Cute” campaign will save many lives.

Currently, Bias is finishing a $15 million Capital Campaign, the largest in the SPCA of Texas 73-year history, that purchased a new headquarters building and is retrofitting it to incorporate a state-of-the-art animal shelter, adoption center and veterinary clinic. Opening January 2012, the Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center will save hundreds of thousands of lives.

James Bias began as President of the SPCA of Texas on May 3, 2004. Bias has been involved in animal care and control for more than 30 years. A native of Arizona, Bias has lived in Texas for 35 years.

Don’t Give Your Pet the Bird!
11/22/2011
The SPCA of Texas Offers Thanksgiving Safety Tips for Pets

(DALLAS, TX; McKINNEY, TX); November 21, 2011--Thanksgiving is a joyous time for family and friends to share delcious meals, give thanks for loved ones and make memories that last a lifetime. As much as we love our four-legged family members, there are certain foods that people should enjoy without sharing the leftovers with their pets.   

The SPCA of Texas recommends these tips to make your pets’ holiday season fun and safe:

  • Take caution during meal time, and do not feed pets bones from any type of fowl. Bones from traditional holiday fare such as cooked turkey, goose, chicken or duck are extremely dangerous as they can splinter and puncture internal organs or choke an animal to death. To be extra safe, keep a lid on trash containers.  
  • Protect your dog or cat from foods that are too high in fat for them, or chocolate that your dog or cat shouldn't have. Other foods -- such as onions, grapes, alcohol and coffee -- can cause anything from a bad tummy ache to choking to poisoning 
  • After eating all those delicious holiday meals, take regular walks with your pets to keep them (and you) happy and healthy.
  • The holidays can be a very busy time for many families so make your pets feel extra special by scheduling play dates with their favorite friends or take them to your local dog park so they can enjoy the cool, crisp weather.
  • Think about your pets during your holiday shopping outings. They love stocking stuffers and special treats just like the rest of the family.
  • Whether from candles or from the fireplace, a fire can be a serious hazard to your pet. Keep candles up high and put a screen over the fireplace.
  • Twinkling lights can cause electrocution if a pet chews on them, so use your best judgment regarding where you hang them and keep cords out of the way. 
  • For the benefit of your guests, remind them that you have a pet, especially if your pet is a “door dasher.” 
  • Make sure your pets are spayed or neutered, and keep updated tags on your pets at all times. Consider having your pets microchipped to help them find their way home. 

Additionally, the SPCA of Texas recommends that anyone interested in giving pets as presents should consider giving an adoption gift certificate instead and waiting until after the holidays to adopt as a whole family so that the gift receiver can take the time to make an informed choice about the pet and make sure everyone is in agreement. After all, adopting a pet is adding a family member, and not a spur-of-the-moment decision.

Pet ownership is a great joy, but it is also a long and high-responsibility commitment. The most important thing is that both person and pet live happily ever after.

For more information, visit the SPCA of Texas on the web at www.spca.org or call 214-742-SPCA (7722).

Sassy Seniors Seek Soul Mates
11/22/2011

The SPCA of Texas Celebrates
Adopt-a-Senior Pet Month in November 

(DALLAS, TX; McKINNEY, TX); November 18, 2011--The SPCA of Texas is celebrating Adopt-a-Senior Pet month this November by featuring some of our superior seniors who are ready to live out their golden years with loving families.

Many veterinarians consider pets who are more than seven years of age “seniors,” however, many dogs and cats can live well into their teens and even their twenties depending on their size, breed and health history. Our senior citizens have some steep competition when it comes to those cute, fuzzy puppy and kitten faces, and they can often be overlooked by adopters in search of younger pets.

Those special families and individuals who have a heart for wiser and more experienced dogs and cats are well aware of the abundant benefits that mature pets have to offer.

But for those of you who are wondering what those benefits are, the SPCA of Texas is here to let everyone in on the secret. First of all, what you see is what you get. Most of the time, older pets are already well established in their personalities and character traits, so adopters who are looking for a pet with a certain temperament can rest easily knowing their new family member loves children, other pets and is housebroken. Senior pets are also past the “puppy phase” so there is no need to fret over the chewing, jumping, crying and housetraining that most puppy owners experience. Older pets can also still be extremely playful and affectionate, but they are also more independent and relaxed, which can be beneficial for an adopter with a busy lifestyle.

Most importantly, you can indeed teach old dogs new tricks. All dogs are trainable, but some dogs may take a bit more effort and convincing than others. The SPCA of Texas offers shelter pets waiting for their forever homes a pet enrichment training program (PET) that allows pets with special needs and circumstances to receive obedience training, socialization, confidence building and much more. Thanks to this program, many pets at the SPCA of Texas are already housetrained, know their basic commands and have become obedient, loyal, happy-go-lucky pets who are ready for their new homes.

At the SPCA of Texas, the “clock” is not ticking for animals in our shelters. We do not euthanize animals to create space for more, and animals do not have limited time at the shelters. The SPCA of Texas’ Adoption Counselors are very knowledgeable about all the senior pets in their care, and they can help potential adopters find the perfect match for their families.

“No one understands the importance of family like a senior pet, especially a senior pet who has shown love to their former family and is ready to love their new one,” says James Bias, President of the SPCA of Texas. "When you adopt a senior pet from the SPCA of Texas, you are giving him a second chance at life."

Visit either of the two SPCA of Texas locations in Dallas or McKinney (to see all pets for adoption, visit www.spca.org/findapet) to take home a new, loyal companion. The SPCA of Texas’ shelters are open from noon to 6 p.m. seven days a week.

SPCA of Texas Receives Custody of Seize Seven Animals Seized from Kaufman County Property
11/9/2011

(KAUFMAN COUNTY, TX; McKINNEY, TX); November 9, 2011 -- Before a custody hearing this morning at the Kaufman County Justice of the Peace Pct. 4 Courthouse in Kemp, TX, an agreement was reached between the SPCA of Texas and the animal owner, for the animal owner to relinquish ownership of seven animals to the SPCA of Texas. Judge Johnny Adams signed the agreement. 

Under the authority of the Kaufman County Sheriff's Department, the SPCA of Texas seized seven animals--four horses, one Shetland Pony, one donkey and one cat--on Tuesday, November 1st from a Kaufman County property near Crandall, TX. The animals were not receiving appropriate food, water or care.

To view photos of the horses and donkey, taken at the SPCA of Texas' Perry Animal Care Center in McKinney, visit www.spca.org/kaufman103111.

One horse was emaciated, another was thin with a large wound, the yearling and the donkey were very thin and one horse and the Shetland Pony appeared to be in good weight. The cat appeared to be in good condition. 

On Monday, October 31, the Kaufman County Sheriff's Department contacted the SPCA of Texas regarding abandoned horses on a property near Crandall, TX. The SPCA of Texas' Investigator met the Sheriff's Deputy on the property and observed that the horses had no food and an insufficient water source. The owner claimed she purchased the horses at auction to save their lives. She stated that she could not afford to have the animals treated by a veterinarian and was feeding the livestock animals an inappropriate diet of deer corn and cow feed. She also refused any assistance from the SPCA of Texas. 

"People need to educate themselves before buying horses, especially in these difficult economic times," said Colby Grady, Chief Investigator for the SPCA of Texas. "People feel they need to buy a horse to save it from auction but don't realize the resources it takes to maintain a healthy horse."

The Investigator for the SPCA of Texas and a Deputy for the Kaufman County Sheriff's Department agreed that the animals were in need of immediate care. The Kaufman County Sheriff's Department obtained a seizure warrant and the SPCA of Texas removed the animals and transported them to the SPCA of Texas' Perry Animal Care Center at 8411 Stacy Rd. in McKinney, TX, where they were cared for until today's custody hearing.

To help support the SPCA of Texas and its efforts to help abused, neglected and homeless animals and to support the SPCA of Texas' other programs and services, please visit www.spca.org/helptheanimals. To learn more about the SPCA of Texas, please visit our website at www.spca.org.


SPCA of Texas Receives Custody of 40 Dogs Seized from Kaufman County Property
11/9/2011
 

(KAUFMAN COUNTY, TX; DALLAS, TX); November 9, 2011 -- Before a custody hearing this morning at the Kaufman County Justice of the Peace Pct. 4 Courthouse in Kemp, TX, an agreement was reached between the SPCA of Texas and the animal owner, for the animal owner to relinquish ownership of 40 dogs to the SPCA of Texas. Judge Johnny Adams signed the agreement.

Under the authority of the Kaufman County Sheriff's Department, the SPCA of Texas seized 40 dogs on Thursday, November 3rd from a Kaufman County property near Kemp, TX. The animals were cruelly confined and many were not receiving appropriate food, water or care.

To view photos of the dogs, taken at the SPCA of Texas' Dealey Animal Care Center in Dallas, visit www.spca.org/kaufman110311.

One dog, a Great Dane, is emaciated. All of the dogs were infested with fleas, some are thin and some have eye discharge. On the property, some dogs were living outside in small, feces-filled cages and pens while others were tethered to trees. What little water supplied to the dogs was dirty and algae-filled. Other dogs were kept inside the trailer home on the property. The floors inside of this residence were covered in feces that was decaying. There was a strong odor of feces and urine inside the residence.

A cemetery was discovered on the property where approximately 20 dogs had been buried.

"This location has been confirmed to be a former puppy mill," said Colby Grady, Chief Investigator for the SPCA of Texas. "The owner stated he and his wife bred dogs for many years until she recently passed away. Things got out of control, and it became a hoarding situation. This is a prime example of the fine line between a puppy mill and animal hoarding."

On Wednesday, November 2nd, the Kaufman County Sheriff's Department contacted the SPCA of Texas regarding cruelly confined dogs on a property near Kemp, TX. The SPCA of Texas' Investigator met the Sheriff's Deputy on the property and observed the cruel confinement and that many of the dogs were not receiving appropriate food, water or care. One deceased dog was found still attached to a tree by a collar and tether. 

The Investigator for the SPCA of Texas and a Deputy for the Kaufman County Sheriff's Department agreed that the animals were in need of immediate care. The Kaufman County Sheriff's Department obtained a seizure warrant and the SPCA of Texas removed the animals and transported them to the SPCA of Texas' Dealey Animal Care Center at 362 S. Riverfront Blvd. in Dallas, TX, where they were cared for until today's custody hearing.

To help support the SPCA of Texas and its efforts to help abused, neglected and homeless animals and to support the SPCA of Texas' other programs and services, please visit www.spca.org/helptheanimals. To learn more about the SPCA of Texas, please visit our website at www.spca.org.


SPCA of Texas and Kaufman County Sheriff Seize 40 Dogs from Kaufman County Property
11/4/2011

(KAUFMAN COUNTY, TX; McKINNEY, TX); November 3, 2011 -- Under the authority of the Kaufman County Sheriff's Department, the SPCA of Texas seized 40 dogs on Thursday, November 3rd from a Kaufman County property near Kemp, TX. The animals were cruelly confined and many were not receiving appropriate food, water or care.

To view photos of the dogs, taken at the SPCA of Texas' Dealey Animal Care Center in Dallas, visit www.spca.org/kaufman110311.

One dog, a Great Dane, is emaciated. All of the dogs were infested with fleas, some are thin and some have eye discharge. On the property, some dogs were living outside in small, feces-filled cages and pens while others were tethered to trees. What little water supplied to the dogs was dirty and algae-filled. Other dogs were kept inside the trailer home on the property. The floors inside of this residence were covered in feces that was decaying. There was a strong odor of feces and urine inside the residence.

A cemetery was discovered on the property where approximately 20 dogs had been buried.

"This location has been confirmed to be a former puppy mill," said Colby Grady, Chief Investigator for the SPCA of Texas. "The owner stated he and his wife bred dogs for many years until she recently passed away. Things got out of control, and it became a hoarding situation. This is a prime example of the fine line between a puppy mill and animal hoarding."

On Wednesday, November 2nd, the Kaufman County Sheriff's Department contacted the SPCA of Texas regarding cruelly confined dogs on a property near Kemp, TX. The SPCA of Texas Investigator met the Sheriff's Deputy on the property and observed the cruel confinement and that many of the dogs were not receiving appropriate food, water or care. One deceased dog was found still attached to a tree by a collar and tether. 

The Investigator for the SPCA of Texas and a Deputy for the Kaufman County Sheriff's Department agreed that the animals were in need of immediate care. The Kaufman County Sheriff's Department obtained a seizure warrant and the SPCA of Texas removed the animals and transported them to the SPCA of Texas' Dealey Animal Care Center at 362 S. Riverfront Blvd.in Dallas, TX, where they will be cared for until the custody hearing.

The custody hearing will be held on Wednesday, November 9th at 10 a.m. at the Kaufman County Justice of the Peace Pct. 4 Courthouse at 103 N. Main in Kemp, TX, Judge Johnny Adams presiding. 

To help support the SPCA of Texas and its efforts to help abused, neglected and homeless animals and to support the SPCA of Texas' other programs and services, please visit www.spca.org/helptheanimals. To learn more about the SPCA of Texas, please visit our website at www.spca.org.

SPCA of Texas and Kaufman County Sheriff Seize Seven Animals from Kaufman County Property
11/4/2011

(KAUFMAN COUNTY, TX; McKINNEY, TX); November 1, 2011 -- Under the authority of the Kaufman County Sheriff's Department, the SPCA of Texas seized seven animals--four horses, one Shetland Pony, one donkey and one cat--on Tuesday, November 1st from a Kaufman County property near Crandall, TX. The animals were not receiving appropriate food, water or care.

To view photos of the horses and donkey, taken at the SPCA of Texas' Perry Animal Care Center in McKinney, visit www.spca.org/kaufman103111.

One horse was emaciated, another was thin with a large wound, the yearling and the donkey were very thin and one horse and the Shetland Pony appeared to be in good weight. The cat appeared to be in good condition. 

On Monday, October 31, the Kaufman County Sheriff's Department contacted the SPCA of Texas regarding abandoned horses on a property near Crandall, TX. The SPCA of Texas' Investigator met the Sheriff's Deputy on the property and observed that the horses had no food and an insufficient water source. The owner claimed she purchased the horses at auction to save their lives. She stated that she could not afford to have the animals treated by a veterinarian and was feeding the livestock animals an inappropriate diet of deer corn and cow feed. She also refused any assistance from the SPCA of Texas. 

"People need to educate themselves before buying horses, especially in these difficult economic times," said Colby Grady, Chief Investigator for the SPCA of Texas. "People feel they need to buy a horse to save it from auction but don't realize the resources it takes to maintain a healthy horse."

The Investigator for the SPCA of Texas and a Deputy for the Kaufman County Sheriff's Department agreed that the animals were in need of immediate care. The Kaufman County Sheriff's Department obtained a seizure warrant and the SPCA of Texas removed the animals and transported them to the SPCA of Texas' Perry Animal Care Center at 8411 Stacy Rd. in McKinney, TX, where they will be cared for until the custody hearing.

The custody hearing will be held on Wednesday, November 9th at 10 a.m. at the Kaufman County Justice of the Peace Pct. 4 Courthouse at 103 N. Main in Kemp, TX, Judge Johnny Adams presiding. 

To help support the SPCA of Texas and its efforts to help abused, neglected and homeless animals and to support the SPCA of Texas' other programs and services, please visit www.spca.org/helptheanimals. To learn more about the SPCA of Texas, please visit our website at www.spca.org.

Boo? Hiss! SPCA of Texas Issues Pet Safety Tips to Take the Scare out of Halloween
10/31/2011

(DALLAS, TX/MCKINNEY/TX); October 28, 2011—With all the gremlins, goblins, Hogwarts graduates and Toddlers and Tiaras out on the prowl, the SPCA of Texas reminds pet owners to keep your pets’ safety in mind this Halloween.

The SPCA of Texas offers these helpful tips to ensure the whole family has a spooktacular Halloween this year.

  • Don’t give any candy to your pets! Even a small amount of chocolate can be fatal.  Make sure that all Halloween treats are in a high place where pets cannot reach them. If pets consume chocolate or candy, contact your vet immediately.
  • Keep pets away from live flame decorations like candles and jack-o-lanterns, and restrict your pet’s access to hanging decorations such as streamers. Pets are curious and can become tangled or even choke if they chew on the decorations.
  • Take extra precautions if you own a cat. Unfortunately, myths regarding cats and witches can put them in danger on Halloween. For peace of mind, keep kitties away from the front door.
  • Pets may be terrified by tiny gremlins carrying big, orange, pumpkins full of sugar… wouldn’t you? If you have a protective dog who might feel threatened by strangers, keep him or her away from the door when trick-or-treaters arrive. Keep pets in a familiar place with lots of toys and soothing music to distract them from the doorbell.
  • Don’t let the family dog accompany the kids on their trick-or-treat outing. Although bringing your pooch may seem like a fun family outing, your pet would likely feel much safer and more comfortable in his or her own home away from all the Halloween festivities.
  • Make sure your pet’s Halloween costume includes a collar and identification tags, so you can be contacted if he or she does slip away during all the Halloween commotion.
  • And of course, if the thought of more homeless, unwanted dogs and cats scares you like it does the SPCA of Texas, always remember the importance of spaying and neutering your pets.

For more information, log on to www.spca.org or call 214-742-SPCA (7722).

Interested parties wanting to provide ownership information regarding animals seized from Duncanville, TX property on October 21, 2011 must do so by Thursday, October 27th at 5 p.m.
10/26/2011
  1. Please email all pertinent ownership documents (i.e.: registration papers, microchip documents, etc.) to Colby Grady, Chief Investigator, at cgrady@spca.org by 5pm on THURSDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2011.
  2. We will send an email in response within 24 hours to confirm the receipt of the documents.
  3. We will review the documents and contact you if clarification is needed.
  4. Once sufficient documentation is submitted and reviewed, we will contact you to schedule an appointment to verify ownership.
  5. If ownership is verified by a microchip, we will schedule a spay or neuter surgery for your animal.
  6. Or, once an appointment is scheduled, we will meet you to verify ownership and schedule a surgery.
  7. No animal will be returned un-altered, meaning all animals will be spayed or neutered.
  8. Please send any questions via email to cgrady@spca.org.

Please note regarding the above: The SPCA of Texas will respond to all who are claiming ownership of these animals only. After all verified owners who contacted us by 5 p.m. on Thursday, October 27th with ownership documents have received their animals will we begin individually evaluating the animals for placement with our approved partners or adoption. Please stay tuned to www.spca.org/findapet to view animals as they become available for adoption.

SPCA of Texas Receives Custody of 108 Cruelly Confined Dogs and Cats Seized from Duncanville, TX Property
10/21/2011

(DUNCANVILLE, TX; McKINNEY, TX); October 26, 2011 -- Prior to a custody hearing today at Duncanville City Hall, an agreement was reached between all parties involved regarding 108 animals seized from a Duncanville property on Friday, October 21, 2011. The animal owner, her attorneys, the City of Duncanville and the SPCA of Texas reached an agreement for the animal owner to relinquish ownership of the animals to the SPCA of Texas, and that restitution would be waived. Judge Kent Traylor signed the agreement.

Interested parties wanting to provide ownership information regarding these animals should contact the SPCA of Texas by 5 p.m. on Thursday, October 27, 2011. For more information please visit www.spca.org/duncanvilleownershipinfo.

To view photographs taken at the scene, please visit www.spca.org/duncanville10212011.

Under the authority of the Duncanville Police Department, the SPCA of Texas seized 108 cruelly confined dogs and cats on Friday, October 21, 2011 from a Duncanville, TX property. The animals--102 dogs and six cats--were being kept in and around three feces-filled, urine-soaked houses on the property, and were not receiving proper food, water or care. The smell of urine and feces was overwhelming throughout the property.

The cats and several of the dogs were living in filthy conditions in the house situated closest to the street. The cats were kept in a small, filthy room attached to the garage of the first house, where they had no choice but to live in their own feces and urine. Eight to ten dogs were living, some in rusted crates and some loose, in a room accessible from a bedroom in this first house. The floor in this room was decaying, and it was coated in feces, urine and filthy bedsheets and blankets. The door to this room had been sealed off with industrial tape and hidden by a curtain.

The second house contained approximately 20 dogs who were living in deplorable conditions. These dogs were housed inside filthy, rusted and hair-encrusted wire cages that were caked in feces and urine; their food mixed in with feces, hay and bedsheets. In many cases, the feces mixture was stacked so high that SPCA of Texas staff members had to force the doors of the crates open by bending them enough to gently remove the dogs in order to prepare them for transport. The walls inside this house were covered with filth and cobwebs, and the floor was almost invisible under a layer of excrement anywhere from a few inches to a foot deep. 

 Approximately 70 dogs were living in and around the third house on the property. Many of these dogs were also kept inside rusted wire cages and pet carriers scattered throughout the house, but mainly in the kitchen, pantry, laundry room and main hallway areas. Special shelving had been constructed in a room off of the kitchen of this house that appeared to be specifically designed to house dogs stacked in cages. Several of these dogs were observed gnawing on the bars. The areas of this house that contained dogs were covered in urine and feces. Dogs were also kept in large, filthy pens outside the house. 

The SPCA of Texas has received information that the animal owner in this case, was a part of a rescue group and was separated from that group to start her own purported rescue group called Elliot's Friends Rescue. The animal owner was allegedly transferring animals from at least one municipal shelter. It is important to note that although animal shelters need a license in order to operate in Texas, rescue groups do not. Some licensed shelters are put under such pressure to not euthanize animals for any reason that they end up transferring animals to anyone willing to accept them. Some rescue groups that end up taking more animals than they can reasonably handle then often end up warehousing these animals.

The rescue groups that the SPCA of Texas works with are all committed to finding homes for animals and giving those animals the best of care until they are adopted into loving homes, not merely hoarding them like what was witnessed last week. Licensed shelters and reputable rescue groups are fully transparent in their communications, policies and procedures; allow you to see where their animals are housed; and have standards of care that include cleaning regimens, proper documentation of all treatments that animals have received and a focus on finding homes for the animals in their care. By adopting from these groups, the public can help eliminate the so-called rescue groups that wind up cruelly treating animals.

As always, the SPCA of Texas urges the public to contact law enforcement or contact the SPCA of Texas to report suspected animal cruelty or abuse. People can make a report to the SPCA of Texas by visiting www.spca.org/abuse.

The SPCA of Texas received a call from the Duncanville Police Department on Wednesday, October 19, and an SPCA of Texas Investigator visited the location that day. Upon discovering the cruel confinement, inadequate food and water and filthy living conditions, the Duncanville Police Department and the SPCA of Texas Investigator agreed that the animals were in need of immediate care. The Duncanville Police Department obtained a seizure warrant and the SPCA of Texas transported the dogs and cats to the SPCA of Texas' Perry Animal Care Center at 8411 Stacy Rd. in McKinney,TX.

These animals will be individually evaluated for potential placement or adoption on a case by case basis.

To help support the SPCA of Texas and its efforts to help abused, neglected and homeless animals and to support the SPCA of Texas' other programs and services, please visit www.spca.org/helptheanimals. To learn more about the SPCA of Texas, please visit our website at www.spca.org.

SPCA of Texas Hosts Howl-O-Ween Spooktacular Sneak Preview of the New Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center Saturday, October 22, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
10/20/2011

WHAT: The SPCA of Texas invites ghosts and ghouls of all ages and their four-legged best friends to prowl on over to preview the SPCA of Texas’ Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center at 2400 Lone Star Drive in Dallas on Saturday, October 22 from 10 a.m. to  4 p.m. for a howling good time. Admission is free.

Bring the whole family out to enjoy spooky fun such as pooch- and people-friendly games, fabulous food from a fleet of food trucks, adoptable dogs, a trick-or-treat scavenger hunt through our soon to be completed new Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center and Fall family festival favorites--manned by the Junior League of Dallas--such as bounce houses, games, prize drawings, photo memories, face painting and more.

The SPCA of Texas’ Howl-O-Ween event is a special preview of the new Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center, slated to open in January of 2012. In January 2010, the SPCA of Texas launched the final phase of our $15 million campaign to construct a new full-service animal care facility and shelter to replace our small, 40-year-old shelter near downtown Dallas. The new center will include a spacious shelter for abused, neglected and homeless animals, a state-of-the-art veterinary wing, outdoor play areas and training/educational classrooms.

At the SPCA of Texas’ Howl-O-Ween Spooktacular, you are sure to scare up a haunted good time, and maybe even meet your new best friend!

WHEN:  Saturday, October 22, 2011
             10 a.m. to 4 p.m.     

WHERE: Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center in Dallas
              2400 Lone Star Drive (I-30 at Hampton)
              Dallas, Texas 75212

COST:    Free admission
              Bring cash for purchasing food from the gourmet food trucks

SPCA of Texas Receives Custody of 27 Dogs Seized from Emory, TX Property
10/6/2011

(RAINS COUNTY, TX; McKINNEY, TX); October 14, 2011--Before a hearing today at the Rains County Justice of the Peace, Pct. 1 Courthouse in Emory, TX, an agreement was reached between the SPCA of Texas and the animal owner, for the animal owner to relinquish ownership of 27 dogs to the SPCA of Texas.

Under the authority of the Rains County Sheriff's Department, the SPCA of Texas seized 27 dogs from a property in Emory, TX on October 6th, 2011.

To download photos of the animals from the property the morning of the seizure, visit www.spca.org/rainscounty100611.

The SPCA of Texas received an anonymous complaint about the animals' conditions. An SPCA of Texas Investigator visited the property and saw approximately 30 dogs living in poor conditions. The SPCA of Texas Investigator and the Rains County Sheriff's Department agreed that it was in the animals' best interest to obtain a seizure warrant and remove the animals from the property.

 

Many of the dogs suffer from hairloss, and the owner claimed to be treating the animals with motor oil and cooking oil. Other dogs had open sores, eye discharge, extremely long nails and many are extremely thin.

 

Some of the animals did not have access to food, water or shelter. Although many empty bags of dog food were on the property the morning of the seizure, none of the dogs had food in their bowls, and what little water some of the dogs had was filthy. Many of the dogs were chained to trees, old vehicles and other large items outside of the trailer; some dogs were housed in makeshift pens; and others were running loose on the property. The dogs were living in their own feces and urine. The odor of the excrement that covered the property was extremely strong and could be smelled from the street.

 

The animal owner was arrested on October 6th on unrelated charges.

SPCA of Texas vehicles transported the animals to the Perry Animal Care Center at 8411 Stacy Road/FM 720 in McKinney, TX 75070, where they were examined by medical staff and cared for until the custody hearing.

"Thanks to the dedicated work of the Rains County Sheriff's Department, we were able to remove these dogs and start providing them with the care, food, water and shelter they sorely needed," said SPCA of Texas Investigator, Dean Bileway.

The SPCA of Texas will now begin individually evaluating the dogs for potential adoption or placement on a case by case basis.

To help support the SPCA of Texas and its efforts to help abused, neglected and homeless animals and to support the SPCA of Texas' other programs and services, please visit www.spca.org/helptheanimals. To learn more about the SPCA of Texas, please visit our website at www.spca.org.

SPCA of Texas Receives Custody of Four Starving Livestock Animals Seized from Hunt County Property
10/6/2011

(HUNT COUNTY, TX; McKINNEY, TX) October 12, 2011 -- Before a hearing today at the Hunt County Justice of the Peace, Pct. 1 Courthouse in Greenville, TX, an agreement was reached between the SPCA of Texas and the animal owner, signed by Judge Sandy Berger, for the animal owner to relinquish ownership of four livestock animals to the SPCA of Texas.

Under the authority of the Hunt County Constable, the SPCA of Texas seized the animals, three starving horses and one donkey, the morning of October 5th from a Hunt County property. The owner may face possible criminal animal cruelty charges.

Two of the horses, a gelding and a stud, are very underweight, and one of the horses, a mare, is thin and appears to be pregnant. The donkey, a jenny, appears to be in fair condition.

To download photos of the animals in custody, visit www.spca.org/huntcounty100511.

Just over one month ago, the SPCA of Texas received a complaint of suspected animal cruelty regarding the livestock animals on a property in Royse City, TX. After visiting the property and seeing that the horses had no food, water, shelter or care, the Investigator for the SPCA of Texas and a Deputy for the Hunt County Sheriff's Department contacted the animal owner and attempted to work with that person to bring the animals' conditions into compliance with Texas Health and Safety Code. The animal owner claimed that other people were asked to care for the horses and blamed those other people for the lack of care. The animals' conditions continued to decline, so the Investigator reiterated that the owner is responsible for providing the animals consistent food, water, shelter and care and outlined how the animal owner needed to comply with Texas Health and Safety Code. On the last visit, the animal owner did not comply.  

The Hunt County Constable and the SPCA of Texas agreed that the animals were in danger and in need of immediate care. The Hunt County Constable obtained a seizure warrant the morning of October 5th and the animals were removed by the SPCA of Texas and taken to the SPCA of Texas' Perry Animal Care Center at 8411 Stacy Rd. in McKinney,TX, where they have been cared for until today's custody hearing.

"It seems that the owner had plenty of feed and resources to adequately care for these animals; however, they still were not receiving the proper nutrition they need to maintain a healthy lifestyle," said SPCA of Texas Investigator, Dean Bileway. "It is imperative that livestock animals have a consistant diet, plenty of water, shelter and regular veterinary check-ups to ensure they are in good, stable condition."

The SPCA of Texas will now begin individually evaluating the animals for adoption or placement on a case by case basis.

To help support the SPCA of Texas and its efforts to help abused, neglected and homeless animals and to support the SPCA of Texas' other programs and services, please visit www.spca.org/helptheanimals. To learn more about the SPCA of Texas, please visit our website at www.spca.org.

SPCA of Texas Awarded Custody of Eight Starving Livestock Animals Seized from Two Separate Kaufman County Properties
9/23/2011

(KAUFMAN COUNTY, TX; McKINNEY, TX); September 30, 2011 -- At two separate custody hearings today in Kaufman County, judges awarded custody of eight starving livestock animals seized from two separate Kaufman County properties last week to the SPCA of Texas. 

At a hearing at the Kaufman County Justice of the Peace, Pct. 1 Courthouse, Judge Johnny Perry awarded the SPCA of Texas custody of one horse. Judge Perry also awarded the SPCA of Texas restitution in the amount of $1,063. At a hearing at the Kaufman County Justice of the Peace, Pct. 4 Courthouse, Judge Johnny Adams awarded custody of five horses and two donkeys to the SPCA of Texas. Judge Adams also awarded the SPCA of Texas restitution in the amount of $4,573.20. The SPCA of Texas does not expect to receive any of this money to help offset costs.

Under the authority of the Kaufman County Sheriff's Department, the SPCA of Texas seized eight starving livestock animals from two separate Kaufman County properties the evening of Wednesday, September 21 and the morning of Thursday, September 22.

The night of Wednesday, September 21, the SPCA of Texas seized one starving, emaciated horse from Terrell, TX. The horse was first found estray near a restaurant in Terrell, TX earlier that day. Kaufman County Sheriff's department and the Terrell Police Department responded to the scene and the Terrell Police Department contacted the horse's owner. The Terrell Police Department stated to the owner that the horse needed to see a veterinarian immediately, and though the owner said that he would come pick up the horse, the owner never came. The Terrell Police Department again tried contacting the owner, who did not respond at that point. The Terrell Police Department then requested that the SPCA of Texas remove the horse. The owner may possibly face criminal charges.

Then, the morning of Thursday, September 22, the SPCA of Texas seized five horses and two donkeys from a Kemp, TX property. The horses and donkeys were living on the property, having been abandoned by their owners, without appropriate food, water or care. One of the five horses is extremely emaciated, the other four horses are slightly underweight and the donkeys are in fair condition. No vegetation or hay was available on the approximately 20- to 30-acre property, and the only potential water source was a stock pond so empty, all that was left was the mud and a small amount of muddy water at the bottom. The horses and donkeys appeared to be eating the twigs and bark off of the trees, as that was their only food source. Responding to a report of suspected animal cruelty from a concerned individual, on Tuesday, September 20, an SPCA of Texas Investigator and a Kaufman County Deputy visited the property and observed these conditions. Neighbors reported that the property owners had moved out some time ago and had not been seen caring for the horses since their departure. The SPCA of Texas Investigator left a tag on the front gate, asking the animal owners to contact the SPCA of Texas. On September 21, the Investigator followed up by visiting the property again, saw the tag still on the gate and observed the same conditions from the day before. The investigator left a second tag. The Kaufman County Sheriff's Deputy and SPCA of Texas Investigator again visited the property on Thursday, September 22 and agreed that the animals had been abandoned and should be seized immediately.

The animals were all transported to the SPCA of Texas' Perry Animal Care Center at 8411 Stacy Rd. in McKinney, TX, where they were cared for until the custody hearings. The hearing for the one emaciated horse seized from Terrell, TX was held on Friday, September 30th at 1:30 p.m. at the Kaufman County Justice of the Peace Pct. 1 Courthouse at 3001 S. Washington in Kaufman, TX, Judge Johnny Perry presiding. The hearing for the abandoned horses and donkeys seized from a Kemp, TX property was held on Friday, September 30 at 11 a.m. at the Kaufman County Justice of the Peace Pct. 4 Courthouse at 103 N. Main in Kemp, TX, Judge Johnny Adams presiding.

"There is no excuse for abandoning your livestock animals," said Art Muñoz, Senior Investigator for the SPCA of Texas. "Ask friends and neighbors for help, ask your veterinarian, ask your local law enforcement or call the SPCA of Texas for possible resources if you are no longer able to care for your animals."

To help support the SPCA of Texas and its efforts to help abused, neglected and homeless animals and to support the SPCA of Texas' other programs and services, please visit www.spca.org/helptheanimals. To learn more about the SPCA of Texas, please visit our website at www.spca.org.

The SPCA of Texas Presents Fabulous Fur Ball 2011
8/31/2011

Casino-Themed Gala and Spencer Humanitarian Awards to be Presented September 24th at the Hilton Anatole Hotel

(DALLAS, TX); August 31, 2011—You can bet on a good time at the SPCA of Texas’ Fabulous Fur Ball to be held in the Hilton Anatole’s Grand Ballroom on Saturday, September 24th. Last year's glitzy casino theme hit the jackpot, so we decided to “let it ride” and continue the party with poker tables, feathery show girls and, of course, everyone’s favorite guest, the King of Rock and Roll! Get ready to dance to Dallas’ favorite party band, Live 80, and bring your best bids to our famous live auction to win sports tickets, luxurious hotel packages, vacations, gourmet restaurant packages, and more. Plus, we're doubling down for pet lovers with our silent auction, featuring one-of-a-kind prizes that you won't find anywhere else.

To purchase your tickets online today at www.spca.org/furball.

The SPCA of Texas’ Fabulous Fur Ball would not be possible without our dedicated and passionate co-chairs, Jessica Colombo and Tricia Linderman, whose devotion to animals is undeniable.

The 2011 Spencer Humanitarian Awards will be presented at the Fabulous Fur Ball as well. Named for warm-hearted entrepreneur and SPCA of Texas Board member Mary Spencer, the Spencer Humanitarian Awards recognize an individual, company or group whose extraordinary efforts have made a positive difference for animals. The 2011 recipients of the Spencer Humanitarian Awards are tireless volunteers, Madeline Jobst and Melissa Melville; our partners in healing, VCA Animal Hospitals; and the creative team behind the SPCA of Texas’ groundbreaking anti-puppy mill campaign, The Marketing Arm and Coffee Productions.

We sincerely thank our special partners including: Bellagio Sponsor, Hill's Science Diet; MGM Sponsor, The Arrangement Distinctive Interiors; Mirage Sponsors, Chris & Candy Productions and VCA Animal Hospital Companies; Caesar’s Palace Sponsors, Authentix, Merial U.S. and Sewell Subaru of Dallas; and New York, New York Sponsors, Alphagraphics at Market Center and Super Value Pharmacy.

Best of all, the more fun you have, the more SPCA of Texas animals will benefit from your generosity. Your participation at Fabulous Fur Ball will help the SPCA of Texas, the leading animal welfare agency in North Texas, continue to rescue, heal and find homes for thousands of animals in the coming year.

Don your swankiest, silkiest, snazziest, sequined Vegas best and join us as we double up the fun at Fabulous Fur Ball 2011: Let It Ride! We are betting on a full house for the popular gala, so go all in and buy your tickets online at www.spca.org/furball. Individual tickets are $150, or be a high roller and buy a $1,500 table for 10 friends or colleagues. For high profile sponsorship opportunities, contact Gina Parker at (214) 461-1810.
 
The SPCA of Texas is the leading animal welfare agency in North Texas. The non-profit organization operates two shelters and two spay/neuter clinics located in Dallas and McKinney, and maintains a team of five animal cruelty investigators to respond to thousands of calls in eight North Texas counties. Moreover, the SPCA of Texas serves as an active resource center for an array of services that bring people and animals together to enrich each others’ lives. The SPCA of Texas is not affiliated with any other entity and does not receive general operating funds from the City of Dallas, State of Texas, federal government or any other humane organization. The SPCA of Texas is dedicated to providing every animal exceptional care and a loving home.

SPCA of Texas Awarded Custody of 2 Dogs, 1 Donkey Abandoned at Terrell, TX Property
8/29/2011

(TERRELL, TX; McKINNEY, TX); September 7, 2011 -- At a hearing at the Kaufman County, Pct. 3 courthouse in Terrell, TX, Judge Mike Smith awarded the SPCA of Texas custody of three abandoned animals. Judge Smith also awarded the SPCA of Texas restitution in the amount of $2,214.30. However, the SPCA of Texas does not expect to receive any of this money to help offset costs.

Under the authority of the Kaufman County Sheriff's Department, the SPCA of Texas seized three abandoned animals--two dogs and one donkey--on August 29, 2011 from a Terrell, TX property.

To see photos taken at the property, visit www.spca.org/kaufmancounty082911.

The dogs and donkey were living on the property, having been abandoned by their owner, without appropriate food, water or care. One of the dogs had hair loss.

"The animals' overall health was good, but without the proper care, their health would have declined quickly," said Colby Grady, Chief Investigator for the SPCA of Texas. "There is no excuse for abandoning your pets and livestock animals. Ask friends and neighbors for help, ask your veterinarian, ask your local law enforcement or call the SPCA of Texas for possible resources if you are no longer able to care for your animals."

After receiving an anonymous complaint about abandoned animals, an SPCA of Texas Investigator visited the property on August 23rd and observed minimal water and stale hay. The Investigator left a door tag requesting that the animal owner contact him to talk about bringing the animals' living conditions into accordance with Texas Health and Safety Code.

The Investigator returned the next day, and this time found the gate to the property locked, so he placed another door tag on the outer gate requesting a call back. The Investigator then also contacted the Kaufman County Sheriff's Department, who contacted the property owner. The property owner stated that the animal owner was not on the property and that other individuals were providing food and water for the animals for the time being.

On August 25th, the SPCA of Texas Investigator returned to the property. With the property owner's permission, the Investigator entered the property, and again observed that the animals were not receiving appropriate food, water or care, as the dogs and donkey were being fed chips.

As of the day of the seizure, the animal owner had not responded to attempts to contact them, and has not begun giving the dogs and the donkey appropriate food, water and care. The Sheriff's Deputy and the SPCA of Texas' Investigator agreed that the dogs and the donkey were in need of care. On August 29th, the Kaufman County Sheriff's Department obtained a seizure warrant and the SPCA of Texas transported the animals to the SPCA of Texas' Perry Animal Care Center in McKinney, TX, where they have been cared for until today's custody hearing.

If the animal owner does not file an appeal in the next ten days, the SPCA of Texas will at that time individually evaluate the animals for adoption or placement on a case by case basis.

To help support the SPCA of Texas and its efforts to help abused, neglected and homeless animals and to support the SPCA of Texas' other programs and services, please visit www.spca.org/helptheanimals. To learn more about the SPCA of Texas, please visit our website at www.spca.org.

SPCA of Texas Receives Custody of 35 Dogs, 1 Bird Seized from Grand Saline, TX Property
8/26/2011

(GRAND SALINE TX; McKINNEY, TX); September 2, 2011 -- Before a heari