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SPCA of Texas Offers $5,000 Reward to Assist Law Enforcement with Animal Cruelty Cases in South Dallas

(DALLAS, TX); March 20, 2017 – The SPCA of Texas, through generous funding by the Murrell Foundation, is offering a reward of $5,000 to anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest and conviction of any individual(s) who allegedly stabbed a dog to death in February or anyone who has perpetrated animal cruelty crimes in the area surrounding Dowdy Ferry Road in Dallas, TX.

On February 15, the SPCA of Texas received a call from the Dallas Police Department's Southeast Division regarding a deceased dog found in an empty lot in Pleasant Grove, in the 8000 block of Torrean Street, in Dallas. An SPCA of Texas Investigator visited the property, found a deceased dog, removed the dog and an SPCA of Texas veterinarian performed a necropsy. The veterinarian determined that the cause of death was stab wounds to the left thoracic cavity. Since that time, the SPCA of Texas has attempted to find the individual(s) who committed this crime, but the investigation has so far not produced any leads.

Anyone with information regarding this case or any suspected animal killings in the Dowdy Ferry Road area of Dallas should contact the SPCA of Texas at 214-461-1850.

The Dallas Police Department's Southeast Division called the SPCA of Texas to take on this investigation because of an partnership between the two agencies designed to help bring perpetrators of animal cruelty to justice.

"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 Animal Cruelty 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

The SPCA of Texas will do everything in its power to assist law enforcement as they work with prosecutors to take any cases of animal cruelty as far as possible under state law and bring these 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 To learn more about the SPCA of Texas, please visit our website at











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