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Owner of Two Allegedly Cruelly Treated Dogs from Dallas County Property Arrested




(DALLAS, TX); July 30, 2018 – On Friday, July 27, 2018, the SPCA of Texas and the Dallas County District Attorney's Office arrested the owner of two allegedly cruelly treated dogs removed from a property in Dallas County on Friday, July 13, 2018. The owner was charged with Cruelty to Non-Livestock Animals, a Class A Misdemeanor, and was booked in to the Lew Sterrett Justice Center. The case will be presented to a Grand Jury, which will determine if an indictment will be filed.

On Tuesday, July 10, 2018, Dallas Animal Services and the Dallas Police Department received a complaint of animal cruelty involving two dogs on a property in Dallas County. The next day, July 11, 2018, Dallas Animal Services and the Dallas Police Department visited the property and witnessed the dogs' conditions. The dogs were found tethered on the property and were suffering from multiple health issues, including severe flea and tick infestation, wounds and lesions, and both were significantly underweight.

That same day, July 11, 2018, Dallas Animal Services removed the two dogs from the property and on July 13, 2018, Dallas Animal Services transferred them to the SPCA of Texas. The Dallas Police Department fowarded the animal cruelty case to the SPCA of Texas' Animal Cruelty Investigations Unit the same day. A forensic examination was performed on the dogs, and one dog required a blood transfusion. The SPCA of Texas' Chief Animal Cruelty Investigator interviewed the owner, the Dallas Animal Services' Animal Control Officers who responded to the complaint and one other person of interest. The information gathered during the forensic examination and in these interviews provided enough credible evidence to file a prosecution packet with the Dallas County District Attorney's Office. 

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