EDITION OF TUESDAY, MARCH 21, 2017 (PetPowellPress) If you are reading this at home, take a moment to look at your critter -- could be a dog, could be a cat, could be a parrot that makes political speeches -- appreciate them for being kind enough to call you a friend. Humans -- we’re lucky.
Keep that in mind as you read on. Vow to help other humans understand their responsibilities for animals. Hints: THLN, SPCA, YOUR HEART. Read on in this column of related stories.
$5,000 REWARD IN DOG STABBING
DOWDY FERRY HORRORS
In March, Irving police arrested a 60-year-old (insert word of your choice here) who stabbed a dog to death -- that was captured on security video.
There was no video in February when some SOB stabbed a dog in the chest and left it -- could have been alive -- on an empty lot in the 8000 block of Torrean St. in Dallas’ Pleasant Grove area.
Consequently, the SPCA of Texas issued a news release announcing that it 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.” [LARRY ASIDE: Funding is courtesy of the Murrell Foundation, bless all hearts concerned.]
The stabbed dog was found on February 15 by a Dallas Police unit from the Southeast Division. A necropsy isolated the cause of death as “stab wounds to the left thoracic cavity." The cruelty investigation hit a dead-end -- like many of the Dowdy Ferry Road incidents. The SPCA says the DPD sought its help “because of a partnership between the two agencies designed to help bring perpetrators of animal cruelty to justice.” To report a tip on these cases, contact the SPCA at 214-461-1850. To report suspected cruelty or abuse to the SPCA of Texas, call 214-742-SPCA (7722); click on www.spca.org/abuse.
[LARRY NOTE: You know what will be a good story? An upbeat report? When the people who do these awful things are paying legal fees and wearing the same style jumpsuit for about 10 years. Can’t wait to write that one.]
ON THE SAME TOPIC:
A THLN GATHERING
The great Shelby Bobosky, president of the board of the Texas Humane Legislation Network, sent word about the 3 p.m. Saturday gathering of the North Texas Chapter to discuss the Texas Legislative Session and “how you can get political for animals.” There are “about 70 days left to ‘Legislate To Change Their Fate’,” Shelby’s note declared.
The guest speaker is a man with experience in prosecuting animal cruelty cases: David Alex, who handles animal cruelty cases for the Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office. He’ll explain, Shelby’s note says, “the basics behind trying an animal cruelty case in Texas and why we need THLN's Bill SB 762/HB 1357 to strengthen our statewide animal cruelty law.”
[LARRY ASIDE: “He’s on the side of the angels,” my rescuespouse Martha said when I told her the former head of the Dallas County DA’s animal cruelty prosecution team was now in the DA’s office in Fort Worth. You may recall that he successfully prosecuted the infamous Mercy case and got the guy who stabbed her and set her on fire for not “mating” sent to prison for four years. More on the Mercy Case later in this report.]
This meeting of THLN’s North Texas Chapter is set for 3 p.m. Saturday in Fort Worth at the Humane Society of North Texas,1840 E Lancaster Ave. RSVP so they’ll know you’re coming by going HERE.
FYI, consider this a warm up of information for Humane Lobby Day on April 27.
CONTEMPLATIONS: David Alex, during the term of animal-friendly District Attorney Craig Watkins, took on the challenge of prosecuting DeShawn Brown, 21, the guy who stabbed Mercy, poured gasoline on her and set her ablaze when she refused to mate. That happened on Good Friday, April 14, 2006. She died on April 23. She’d undergone painful treatment in an attempt to help her survive the ordeal. Her ears were burned crisp, her hide burned. She was miserable. She was only 10 months old. She was originally named “Brandy” but when Operation Kindness took over care of this sweet, puzzled dog, her name was changed to Mercy. People wept when she died; we wept at her memorial service at Operation Kindness. You see her face. “Why this?” she seems to ask -- like so many of us asked. Probably she was only capable at this point of feeling pain and terror and relief when a human was not hurting her. David Alex’s prosecution was successful -- guilty, four years and a $5,000 fine. The convicted man’s appeal made it to the Fifth Court of Appeals where Justice Molly Fisher ended her opinion with this important declaration: “We affirm the trial court's judgment.” You can read this document ONLINE. Let me warn you. It’s got ugly testimony. You’ll find your heart moving toward wanting to seek “revenge” and not “justice.” ... There’s more cruelty in Dallas County. You can see evidence of it on the Dowdy Road animal advocates’ Facebook page HERE. Again, let me warn you -- it’s ugly. Uglier than things some of you will be able to imagine because it just would not occur to you that people can treat animals this horribly. Bless those advocates who are working to end this madness. Remember the SPCA has a reward for identifying the animal-harming creeps. (The tip line is 214-461-1850.) ... These are stories of people killing animals at random. If you go to dallasanimalservices.org and click on the daily reports, you’ll see how your tax dollars are handling the problem of unwanted dogs in Dallas, Texas. This (below) is the daily report from Sunday. I don’t know how many dog bodies were found on Dowdy Ferry Road over the weekend, but at the city’s shelter on Sunday you could find TWENTY-TWO. Don’t blame the shelter workers. Blame the idiots in this town and the people at City Hall who endorse the theory that death is the only way to combat the unwanted animal problem around here. We’ve quoted the ol’ Texas theory of animal management before: “Got an animal problem? Let’s kill it.” Here are the statst:
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