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SPCA of Texas, Dallas Count District Attorney's Office Seize Two Allegedly Cruelly Treated Dogs from Dallas County Property

Dog Fighting Paraphernalia Found on Site


(DALLAS, TX); June 29, 2017
– On Wednesday, June 28, 2017, the SPCA of Texas and the Dallas County District Attorney's Office seized two allegedly cruelly treated dogs from a South Oak Cliff, Dallas County residence along with varous dog fighting paraphernalia. The SPCA of Texas and the Dallas County District Attorney's Office's Animal Cruelty Unit are currently investigating possible suspects who could face charges animal cruelty.

The SPCA of Texas transported the dogs to the SPCA of Texas' Emergency Rescue Center in Dallas, where they are being examined by medical staff and cared for until a custody hearing takes place. The custody hearing will be held on Monday, July 3 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.

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The dogs were found chained in the back yard of the residence on heavy tow chains without access to appropriate food or water. They appear to be suffering from various health issues including emaciation and scarring on their faces and legs, consistent with possible dog fighting.

Animal fighting is a crime in all 50 states, including Texas, where it is a felony, 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 possess, manufacture or sell animal fighting paraphernalia, a Class A misdemeanor own or train a dog with the intent to fight the dog and a Class A misdemeanor to be a spectator at a dog fight. Class A misdemeanors are punishable by up to one year in jail, a fine of up to $4,000, or both. Federal law also prohibits any interstate or foreign transport of fighting animals. 

The SPCA of Texas received an anonymous complaint of animal cruelty taking place at the property. An SPCA of Texas Investigator and Dallas County District Attorney's Office's Animal Cruelty Unit's Special Investigator visited the property on Wednesday, June 28 and observed the dogs' conditions and the dog fighting paraphernalia. The SPCA of Texas and the Dallas County District Attorney's Office concurred that it was in the animals' best interest to remove the dogs, sought a search and seizure warrant and executed that warrant that same day.

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. To report suspected animal cruelty, please visit www.spca.org/abuse.

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