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SPCA of Texas Receives Custody of Injured Dog Found in Dallas

Dallas Police Department Investigating Alleged Animal Cruelty

 

(DALLAS, TX); January 9, 2019 – On Monday, January 7, the SPCA of Texas received custody of an injured dog found in Dallas as part of an ongoing animal cruelty investigation with the Dallas Police Department. The dog, an 8-year-old male Shepherd mix named Lucky, was transferred to the SPCA of Texas from Dallas Animal Services on Monday, January 7. The dog was examined by an SPCA of Texas veterinarian and received immediate surgery upon arrival at the SPCA of Texas to treat his wounds. During the examination, the veterinarian determined that the dog had suffered several bite wounds around the head, neck and left ear, potentially from a fight with another dog. The wounds contained maggots and signs of decay, indicating they were old and had gone untreated. During the more than two hour surgery, the veterinarian removed the dog’s ear, debrided tissue around the dog’s head and neck and closed his wounds. SPCA of Texas medical staff will continue to care for him and treat his wounds as he recovers during the ongoing investigation, and he will be evaluated for placement once the investigation is complete. Criminal charges may be filed against the owner(s) in this case.

To view photos of Lucky, please visit: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/tfsj4lzug2nf1f1/AABaVaidLRCp4YO7QXwhrbTUa?dl=0.

Dallas Animal Services received a call about a loose dog near Bannok Avenue in Dallas on Saturday, January 5. Dallas Animal Services Animal Control Officers responded to the call and observed the dog roaming free with severe injuries to his left ear and neck. Animal Control Officers alerted the Dallas Police Department dispatch, and the designated Dallas Police Department Animal Cruelty Detective on-call initiated an investigation of alleged animal cruelty. Dallas Animal Services identified the dog owner(s), and the owner(s) agreed to surrender the dog after failing to provide veterinary care for him. The dog was brought to Dallas Animal Services and the Dallas Police Department Animal Cruelty Detective notified the SPCA of Texas of the case the same day. The dog received initial care and was monitored by staff at Dallas Animal Services.

The dog was transferred to the SPCA of Texas from Dallas Animal Services on Monday, January 7 to receive further care during the investigation and pursuant to the current Memorandum of Understanding between the Dallas Police Department and the SPCA of Texas designed to bring animal cruelty perpetrators to justice. The Dallas Police Department and Dallas Animal Services work to receive and identify cases of animal cruelty in Dallas County, and the Dallas Police Department’s designated Animal Cruelty Detectives oversee the investigation of these cases. The SPCA of Texas provides housing and medical care for animals involved in these cases during the investigation. For more information about the MOU and how the SPCA of Texas assists the Dallas Police Department with animal cruelty investigations, please visit www.spca.org/acistats.

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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