EDITION OF WEDNESDAY, JULY 4, 2017 (PetPowellPress) Based on headlines and news releases, it occurs to Readlarrypowell.com that there is cockfighting crime wave in our region of Texas.
How much money is being made by these criminals?
The latest example of the bad guys thumbing their noses at decency and the law occurred over the weekend when the SPCA of Texas, the Dallas County DA’s Animal Cruelty Unit and the Dallas Police Department raided a cockfight in southeast Dallas.
Stay with me here, because I’m going to cite more instances.
Exhibit A: How’d the authorities spot this felonious activity? A news release from the SPCA says the DPD helicopter, “on another assignment, spotted the fight from the air.” Earthbound officers rushed the place, arrested 8 people for being spectators; many other people fled “on foot.” Arrest warrants for “state jail felonies for cockfighting” are expected. These are some of the photos from the scene, courtesy of the SPCA. The good guys took over the custody of 53 still-alive fighting roosters -- 32 were found dead on the property. Other photos can be seen HERE.
Consider this passage: “The birds were found in transport boxes, wire cages and tethered to trees, bushes and vehicles on the property. Dead roosters were found all over the property, some in garbage bags and others on the ground and in bushes among beer cans and other trash. Some of the live birds appear to have feather loss and various injuries.The SPCA of Texas loaded the animals for transport and took them to a secure location to provide the live birds with medical treatment and care until the custody hearing can take place.” Two things in that last sentence: (1) They’re in a secure location to keep the bad guys from swooping in and reclaiming their valuable, money-making birds and (2) the custody hearing is at 11 a.m. Friday at Peace Justice Valencia Nash’s Court, 107 Texas St. in Lancaster. [LARRY ASIDE: I’m willing to bet nobody shows up to contest seek custody of the birds to the SPCA. Why? Because that might just be an admission of guilt.]
EXHIBITS B: So, on July 2 we have this incident in southeast Dallas, an area already notorious for cockfighting and lousy treatment of domestic animals. Consider these notes:
ON JUNE 22: The public radio station KETR (88.9 FM at Texas A&M-Commerce) reported that Hopkins County Sheriff’s Deputies “pulled over a van on I-30, only to discover a clutch of alleged cockfighting paraphernalia and 63 roosters and hens.”
ON MAY 9: NBC5 reports, “Fort Worth police broke up a cockfighting event that ended in the arrests of three men, and 130 birds confiscated, but many had to be euthanized.”
ON JUNE 9: The Waxahachie Daily Light reports from Ennis: “A traffic stop resulted in the arrest of a Dallas resident believed to be involved in a cockfighting ring.” Evidence? Fighting birds, fighting equipment and a 12-pack of beer.
The question is: How much money can be made in these cockfighting events to inspire people to risk a jail term? Is gambling the crime that accompanies cockfighting? Anybody ever charged with illegal gambling?
Want some amazing reading? Google this phrase: “shooting cockfight Texas.” These aren’t all angels gathering to watch a sporting event and sometimes people wind up dead.
[LARRY ASIDE: Texas doesn’t need the villains who organize and support these vicious crimes. Bless the Dallas Police Department for stepping up. May the officers always be safe, may they always be appreciated. And may they always, always get the bad guys. And, thanks, too, to the SPCA and the DA’s office -- the police, the SPCA and the DA are the protective shield. We just need to find a way to change the hearts of the morally-flawed beasts who promote animal fighting.]
TRYING TO SAVE FOUR
ON DENTON’S ‘LAST CALL’
“I’m in tears as I type this because,” wrote Denton tipster Amy Poskey Sunday, “I got the dreaded news today [afternoon of July 3] from the shelter manage that Sassy, Bella, Bobby, and Corey will be EU on Friday, 7/7, if not adopted or rescued since they have been there so long and the shelter is full again. Sassy and Bella have been at the shelter for three months and Bobby and Corey have been at the shelter for two months. Bless their hearts, they have watched so many of the other pooches find love but they still wait and now they will die because nobody believed in them and wanted to give them a chance. This is breaking my heart.”
Sassy is 2 or 3 and a Lab/Pittie mix who doesn’t get along with other dogs. She “had a family at one time who said they would reclaim her but they never showed up.”
Bella, formerly known as MJ, is under 2 and was “surrendered by her owner due to not being suited for apartment life.” Friendly with adults and kids but not other dogs or cats. There are two photos of her. One showing hope, the other from behind the glass door at the Denton McNatt Animal Shelter. Looks like she’s just asked, “What? They’re going to kill me?”
BOBBY, is a young owner-surrender Lab/Pointer mix who was adopted but inexplicably given up. Only dog-type boy. Athletic --jumps any fence under 6-feet tall. Lots of energy.
COREY, probably under 5, is a Pittie mix found as a stray and brought to the shelter. He likes walks, but needs training.
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Contact the shelter through these addresses: firstname.lastname@example.org, paul.o’email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, and/or email@example.com. Call the shelter at 940-349-7594.
A CONTEMPLATION: It occurs to readlarrypowell.com after all these years of animal stories that the one thing all animals have in common is the need for a loving human. It’s an emotional need and that’s what raises animals above the level of rocks and dirt. Weeds, too, maybe. I’ve met my share of weeds in our yard and I’m almost certain they’re not interested in a relationship with a human. Dogs are the optimists of the animal world -- in spite of all the evidence, they believe in humans. Cats are the skeptics. Human behavior sets the course for animals -- good human behavior is why we see these photos of animals in need at Dallas Animal Services. That dog with the exclamation point is Peggy (A0999616) and that cat with the bowling pin facial decoration is Coco (A0998469). Both can be yours via Dallas Animal Services. So can that sensational Earhound currently known as “Diamond” and listed as A0999470 at DAS. And that cat Callie (A0998552), the feline with the shadow of a springtime frog on her face, is also available. Coco is said to be small; Callie is said to be large. It has been my experience that cats make their size fit the human they decide to adopt. On behalf of every dog and cat in every shelter, rescue group or in every car or truck on the way to a shelter, save some animals by doing the right thing: Be the human that makes the difference.
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