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SPCA of Texas Increases Reward to $7,500 to Assist Law Enforcement with Animal Cruelty Case in South Dallas 


(DALLAS, TX); June 22, 2018 – The SPCA of Texas, through generous funding by the Murrell Foundation, is increasing a reward for information in an animal cruelty case, where a dog was shot and killed, from $5,000 to $7,500 because of the urgency of the case.

On Saturday, May 26, 2018, the SPCA of Texas received a call from the Dallas Animal Services regarding a deceased dog, allegedly named Titan, found on Dowdy Ferry Road in Dallas, TX. A Dallas Animal Services Animal Control Officer removed the deceased dog that day after receiving a call from an individual. The dog was then transferred to the SPCA of Texas on Tuesday, May 29, where a veterinarian performed a necropsy. The veterinarian determined that the cause of death was a gunshot 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 credible leads.

Anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest and conviction of any individual(s) that was involved in this case will receive $7,500. The SPCA of Texas, through the Murrell Foundation, also offers a separate $5,000 reward to anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest and conviction in other animal cruelty cases relating to the area surrounding Dowdy Ferry Road. If you have information please contact the SPCA of Texas at 214-461-1850.

Dallas Animal Services called the SPCA of Texas to take on this investigation pursuant to a Memorandum of Understanding between the SPCA of Texas and the Dallas Police Department 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 City of Dallas 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 seven 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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"I'm absolutely in LOVE with Kitty (formerly Kaleigh). I know her name isn't original at all but I just started calling her that until I could think of a name and it just stuck - it's so her! I've attached two photos - she's seriously the most beautiful kitty in the world! She loves to steal tennis balls and bones from her dog sister - she thinks she's a dog! She enjoys going for walks and car rides, snuggling with mom, bird watching, drinking from the sink, playing with her pipe cleaners and getting into mom's makeup in the mornings. I couldn't 'imagine life without her. She's the absolute best!"

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