EDITION OF FRIDAY, JUNE 8, 2018 [PetPowellPress] A couple of weeks ago we told the story of the body of Titan -- it was found on Dowdy Ferry Road in the
prime dumping area.”
On Thursday, the SPCA of Texas, with the funding of the Murrell Foundation, offered a $5,000 reward “to anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest and conviction of any individual(s) who allegedly shot a dog to death in May.”
That’s Titan in the photo. He was adopted from a local shelter, then found -- no other word for it -- murdered on May 26. A Dallas Animal Services officer took custody of the body which was transferred to the SPCA on the 29th. A veterinarian’s necropsy, according to the SPCA, “determined that the cause of death was a gunshot to the left thoracic cavity.
Since that time, the SPCA of Texas has attempted to find the individual(s) who committed this crime, but the investigation has so far not produced credible leads.”
If you have information in this case or “any suspected animal killings in the Dowdy Ferry Road area of Dallas” you should contact the SPCA at 214-461-1850. The SPCA not only is offering the $5,000 reward in the shooting case, but also offering a $5,000 “to anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest and conviction of anyone who has perpetrated animal cruelty crimes in the area surrounding Dowdy Ferry Road in Dallas, TX.” The SPCA is involved in the Titan case because of a “Memorandum of Understanding” between the SPCA and the Dallas Police Department. It is “designed to help bring perpetrators of animal cruelty to justice.”
The news release included this comment from SPCA of Texas President James Bias. "There is a well-documented link between animal cruelty and human violence. Helping the City of Dallas bring these individuals to justice will help stop the cycle of abuse.” As people familiar with animal cruelty cases know, the people who study these villains have established the fact that, as the SPCA release reads, “animal cruelty is often an early warning sign of violent tendencies that will be acted out against people. Childhood cruelty to animals has been linked to later antisocial and aggressive behavior in several retrospective studies.”
To report suspected cruelty or abuse to the SPCA of Texas, call 214-742-SPCA (7722) or visit www.spca.org/abuse. You can see how to help support the SPCA’s cruelty investigations at www.spca.org/helptheanimals.
ON A RELATED NOTE...
Remember the case last week of the woman who shot her husband because he was beating the family cat? That cat is in the care of the SPCA of Texas -- and it shows evidence of cruel treatment. The Dallas Morning News has a story on the cat in the case HERE.
The story reports that the SPCA has custody of the cat and the cat is being treated for injuries.
AND THEN THERE’S THIS SEIZURE:
THE SPCA TEAMS WITH ELLIS COUNTY
That photo gives you an idea of what the people from the SPCA and Ellis County SO found Wednesday when they seized 106 animals from an Ellis County property.
According to the SPCA, the animals included “47 goats, 24 hens, 17 ducks, five chicks, three cats, two dogs, two miniature horses, two llamas, one goose and one pig. The hens, ducks, chicks, miniature horses, goose, pig and five goats were transported to the SPCA of Texas' Russell H. Perry Animal Care Center in McKinney, the llamas and the remainder of the goats were transported to an offsite holding facility and the cats and dogs were transported to the Russell E. Dealey Animal Rescue Center in Dallas.”
Dear Readers, you know by now how this goes: The SPCA takes care of the animals during the evaluation period -- that’s another reason the SPCA needs donations. Surprise arrivals! And the subsequent custody hearing is set for 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 12, in the court of Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace Dan D. Cox, 101 W. Main St., Suite 106, in Waxahachie.
See more photos HERE. The SPCA says most of the animals “were found in various makeshift pens littered with trash and debris, with little to no access to appropriate food or water. The miniature horses were in a separate pen, with no access to food or water. The cats were found roaming freely inside the house on the property.”
AND ONE MORE
I can’t run the photographs because they make me sick -- and I spent a few years as an ambulance attendant in the mid-60s and covered the police beat as a reporter. So, yeah, take my word for it, they’re awful pictures of dogs that have been shot. The story was posted Thursday afternoon on Facebook by the legendary Marina Tarashevska of Dallas DogRRR -- Rescue. Rehab. Reform. It reads, “EMERGENCY 911. These 2 dogs were SHOT for trespassing. They’re in Kaufman county and this is perfectly legal here. Brindle one was shot in the chest and leg and she’s literally bleeding out. White one was shot in the leg. They need immediate vet now and fosters. Please please pledge for their care- I am tapped out and I have nowhere to take them and no money to pay to vet them. Please help
[LARRY ASIDE: By the time you got to this report, maybe the crisis had ended -- maybe in a good way, probably not. We won’t make an appeal about residents (all armed residents aren’t Texans) putting down their weapons but we will make one more appeal for people to keep their dogs and cats from becoming targets.]
AMONG THE ANIMALS
ON THE CLOCK IN MESQUITE
Both of these were chosen for display at readlarrypowell.com because of their names. And, yes, there are a lot of dogs and cats in the care of Mesquite Animal Services. Pearl was picked because that is Mom’s name -- no kidding. And the cat was picked because of its name. Read on.
We learned of Pearl, the 44-pound, year-old Siberian Husky mix at the shelter since June 1, from our traditional Mesquite tipster Judi Brown. She wrote that Pearl “has a beautiful white coat and piercing blue eyes. ... Pearl is literally a jewel! She’s very timid. If given the chance, she’d walk between your legs for that extra security. She’s friendly and very affectionate. She’s gentle and well-mannered. She appears to be slightly depressed. She would let out a pet hopeful whine. It seemed to me like she was missing her owner! She actually heeled when walked on a leash.” Pearl’s shelter number is 38720436 -- the shelter’s number is 972-216-6283 and you can email rescues@city- ofmesquite.com. You can see Mesquite’s critter inventory by going to the shelter’s online site HERE.
That cat? Chosen because of the name. This is the first time we’ve ever mentioned any living being -- dog, cat, rabbit, rat, snake, politician, reporter, etc. -- named Magic McBreen. Magic’s number is 38660146 and Magic’s shelter bio has a lot of unknown: age, gender, and fate -- the cat is in quarantine. [LARRY ASIDE: What we can declare is that his cat looks like about a zillion other cats in shelters and wandering neighborhoods and, as of this writing, sleeping on the back of our couch -- Kittie Leigh dozed off while watching Fred Astaire and Ginger Rodgers in Shall We Dance (1937). Cats say anyone can coordinate two legs -- let’s see you tap dance with four.]
AN ASSORTMENT OF MUSINGS
AND TWO MEWSINGS
Many people probably saw this announcement on Wednesday. The email included these photos and carried this desperate subject line from Arlington: “LAST DAY. TAG ASAP. Fwd: URGENT! AAS - Two 5-6 week old kittens - must be tagged and out 6-6-18 by 2pm.” Sondra York, an animal fan who also works at Richardson Police Department, sent a note asking if they’d been saved. We checked with Christie Compton, the Kennel Supervisor at Arlington Animal Services and she happily reported that “they were rescued.” So we asked, kiddingly, “Were they the shelter’s last kittens?” and Christie replied, “Yes!! They were the last kittens in TEXAS. lol.” So, there you have it -- proof that many of us know that it’s always kitten season in Texas and that, apparently, there’s an endless supply of fresh kittens in the Greater Meowtroplex. I may copyright that and sell it on T-shirts. (See the AAS adorable adoptables online HERE. ... Last week The New Yorker published its annual Fiction Edition and it contained several stories on parenting. Having been a parent for 47 years, I have come to believe that any advice on parenting might just belong in the fiction edition. ... I have trouble watching TV because of all the dire medical ads -- I long for the days when all we had to suffer through was ads for pimples, Edsels and Vegas, cigarettes and beer. Nowadays if there's a bodily function or malfunction, there's a constantly re-broadcast TV commercial that beats it into the very air you breathe with help of a new ultraportable oxygen tank. If only there were ads for AMPS (anti-medical paranoia syndrome).
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