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Arrests Made in Two Animal Cruelty Cases

 

 

(DALLAS, TX); June 8, 2018–Wednesday, the SPCA of Texas arrested two individuals in connection with two separate cases of cruelty to non-livestock animals.


The owner of one dog and one cat seized from a residence in Southeast Dallas on March 23, 2018, was arrested on one charge of Cruelty to Non-Livestock Animals, a Class A Misdemeanor, and was booked into the Lew Sterrett Justice Center. She was arraigned and bond was set at $1,500. The case will now be filed with the Dallas County District Attorney's Office. An indictment will be coming in the next several weeks, and that will determine when the trial will be set.


The owner of 43 cruelly treated animals seized from a residence near Dowdy Ferry Road on May 1, 2018, was arrested on one charge of Cruelty to Non-Livestock Animals, a Class A Misdemeanor, and was booked into the Lew Sterrett Justice Center. She was arraigned and bond was set at $1,500. The case will now be filed with the Dallas County District Attorney's Office. An indictment will be coming in the next several weeks, and that will determine when the trial will be set.


In the first case, on Friday, March 23, 2017, the SPCA of Texas, the Dallas County District Attorney's Office and the Dallas Police Department seized and the SPCA of Texas took custody of one German Shepherd type dog and one cat from a residence in Southeast Dallas. The animals were transported to the Russell E. Dealey Animal Rescue Center in Dallas, where they were examined and cared for by medical staff until the custody hearing on March 27, 2017. At that custody hearing, the SPCA of Texas received custody of both animals and individually evaluated them for placement or adoption.


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The dog was found in the backyard of the residence roaming freely with no access to food or water. The cat was found on the front porch of the house, confined to a small plastic pet carrier with no access to food or water.


The dog was severely underweight, suffering from open wounds on both ears, covered in flies and infested with fleas and ticks. The cat was suffering from hair loss and other health issues.


The SPCA of Texas received a complaint on March 22, 2017 and visited the property on March 23, 2017. After witnessing the animals' conditions, the SPCA of Texas' investigator determined it was in the animals' best interest to remove them. The investigator sought, obtained and executed the warrant immediately.


In the second case, on May 1, 2018, the SPCA of Texas, the Dallas County District Attorney's Office and the Dallas Police Department seized and the SPCA of Texas took custody of 43 allegedly cruelly treated animals from a residence near Dowdy Ferry Road located in Southeast Dallas, TX. The animals consist of 15 eggs, 8 dogs, 7 cats, 6 hens, 3 pullets, 3 deceased kittens and 1 rooster. More than 5 additional deceased dogs and cats were found in advanced decay at the back of the property. The pullets and chickens were transported to the SPCA of Texas' Russell H. Perry Animal Care Center in McKinney, TX; the cats and dogs were transported to the SPCA of Texas’ Russell E. Dealey Animal Rescue Center in Dallas. The live animals were examined by medical staff and cared for until a custody hearing took place on May 8, 2018. At that custody hearing, the SPCA of Texas received custody of the animals and individually evaluated them for placement or adoption.


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Two of the cats were confined to feces-filled, urine-soaked wire crates with no access to food or water. The crates these cats were trapped in were so full of feces and cans of cat food that the investigators had to remove feces before the cats could be removed. One dog was confined to a broken plastic crate with no access to food or water. Another dog was found in a wire crate buried beneath debris with no access to food or water. One dog was in the back yard of the residence, roaming freely. The three deceased kittens were found inside of a large blue plastic barrel inside the residence. The remaining dogs and cats were roaming inside the feces-filled, debris-covered residence with little to no access to food or water. The pullets were found inside of a cardboard box inside the residence. The hens, rooster and eggs were found in a small wire enclosure at the back of the property.


The animals appear to have varying health issues, including long nails, flea infestation, matted fur, skin issues, injured and/or abnormal limbs and malnutrition.


The SPCA of Texas received a complaint of suspected animal cruelty on Friday, April 27, 2018. An SPCA of Texas Animal Cruelty Investigator visited the property on Monday, April 30, 2018 and was unable to make contact with the owner, but was able to obtain probable cause to seek a warrant. On the morning of Tuesday, May 1, 2018, the SPCA of Texas Investigator sought and obtained a seizure warrant. The SPCA of Texas Investigator served the warrant and the animals were removed immediately.  

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

 

 

 

 

 

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