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21 Fighting Dogs Seized from Dallas Property by SPCA of Texas, Dallas County District Attorney's Office, Dallas Police Department and Dallas Animal Services


(DALLAS, TX); July 13, 2017
– Late at night on Wednesday, July 12, the SPCA of Texas, the Dallas County District Attorney's Office's Animal Cruelty Unit, the Dallas Police Department and Dallas Animal Services seized and took custody of 18 fighting dogs, 11 dogs and seven puppies, from a southeast Dallas, TX property. Additionally, several types of dog fighting paraphernalia were seized, including a treadmill, spring poles, flirt poles, medical supplies used to administer supplements and drugs to the dogs, steroids, antibiotics, pain reducers, chains and more. The morning of July 13, three more dogs were seized from the same area, so the total number of dogs seized from this case is 21.

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Dallas Police Narcotics SWAT contacted the SPCA of Texas after officers, who were on another assignment, discovered the dogs and fighting paraphernalia. The Dallas County District Attorney's Office's Animal Cruelty Unit and the SPCA of Texas expect to issue arrest warrants for state jail felonies and Class A misdemeanors for dog fighting and ownership of paraphernalia.

The dogs were found either chained with heavy tow chains attached to car axles sunk into the ground or in pens on the property. Most of the dogs have scarring on their faces, chest and legs, which is consistent with dog fighting. Some of the dogs didn't have access to water.

The SPCA of Texas loaded the animals for transport and took them to a secure location to provide them with medical treatment and care until the custody hearing can take place. The custody hearing will take place on Friday, July 21 at 11 a.m. at the Dallas County Government Center Precinct 1, Place 2 courthouse located at 107 Texas Street, Lancaster, TX 75146, the Honorable Valencia Nash presiding.

Dog fighting is a crime in all 50 states, including Texas, where it is a felony to cause dogs to fight with one another; to use or permit another to use any real estate, building, room, tent, arena, or other property for dog fighting and/or to participate in the earnings or operation of a dog fighting facility, punishable by up to two years in a state jail and/or up to a $10,000 fine. In Texas, it is a Class A misdemeanor to own or possess dog-fighting equipment with the intent that the equipment be used to train a dog for dog fighting or in furtherance of dog fighting, to own or train a dog with the intent that the dog be used in an exhibition of dog fighting and/or to be a spectator at a dog fight. Federal law also prohibits any interstate or foreign transport of fighting animals.

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