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Suspect Pleaded Guilty to Beating Dog to Near Death

 

 

 

(DALLAS, TX); July 18, 2018– On Monday, July 16, 2018, the suspect in the case of a dog beaten to near death in January 2017 pleaded guilty to Cruelty to Non-Livestock Animals, a third-degree felony, for causing serious bodily injury to an animal. The suspect was sentenced to four years of probation that began on April 30, 2018.


On January 1, 2017, during an argument with the dog owner, the suspect used a metal baseball bat to beat the dog repeatedly, causing the dog to bleed profusely, seize involuntarily, urinate and defecate. The owner of the dog called the Dallas Police Department, who responded to the incident for domestic violence. 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. The SPCA of Texas is committed to stopping this cycle through maintaining an active Animal Cruelty Investigations Unit that responds to reports of abuse and neglect in seven North Texas counties, through working with partners to help 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. 


The owner took the dog to an emergency veterinary clinic, where it was later euthanized due to the extent of its injuries. According to the veterinarian that treated the dog, there were multiple skull fractures consistent with blunt force trauma.


The owner called the SPCA of Texas to report the incident on January 2, 2017. The SPCA of Texas' investigator visited the owner's residence on January 4, 2017. The investigator interviewed the owner as well as the suspect and witnessed the scene of the beating, where blood spatter, urine and feces were still present. The suspect admitted to owning a metal baseball bat, but denied beating the dog and would not allow the investigator to see the metal baseball bat. 


The investigator presented this evidence to the Dallas County District Attorney's Office and obtained a search warrant for the suspect's residence and vehicle, as well as a felony arrest warrant for the suspect on January 5, 2018. The SPCA of Texas investigator and the Dallas Police Department executed the search warrant that same day, and were able to find the metal baseball bat in the suspect's closet. The suspect was not at the residence, and could not be located by either agency. The baseball bat was transported to the SPCA of Texas as evidence, and was later tested for blood, saliva and hair from the dog by the SPCA of Texas' veterinarian. 


On Thursday, May 4, 2018, the suspect was arrested for the warrant obtained on January 5, 2017 for cruelty to non-livestock animals after calling the Dallas Police Department about an unrelated incident. She was booked into jail and soon after released on bond. The case was processed and the suspect pleaded guilty without a trial.

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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