EXTRA EDITION OF FRIDAY, JUNE 8, 2018 -- We have two stories you should see as the weekend arrives -- perhaps you’ll find encouragement for helping animals find good homes. One has to do with arrests in cruelty cases; the other has to do with a cat that has a tender touch and no place to live.
FROM THE SPCA:
ARRESTS IN CRUELTY CASES
Two people were arrested Wednesday in two separate cases that involve the SPCA of Texas. Both cases are “cruelty to non-livestock animals.”
In a case begun with the seizure of a dog and a cat on March 23, one person was charged with the Class A Misdemeanor. That dog is one of the animals seized. As you can see in the second photo, the poor dog even had ticks between it’s toes. The SPCA says the dog was found in the backyard of a residence and “roaming freely with no access to food or water. The cat was found on the front porch of the house, confined to a small plastic pet carrier with no access to food or water.” (See photos of this recovery HERE.
Also, the SPCA says, “The dog was severely underweight, suffering from open wounds on both ears, covered in flies and infested with fleas and ticks. The cat was suffering from hair loss and other health issues.”
The second case arose, appropriately, on “May Day.” There really was, as the pilots say, a “mayday” situation. The SPCA, the Dallas Police and the Dallas County DA’s office seized “43 allegedly cruelly treated animals” from a residence near the famed Dowdy Ferry Road in Southeast Dallas. Taken into custody were: “15 eggs, 8 dogs, 7 cats, 6 hens, 3 pullets, 3 deceased kittens and 1 rooster. More than 5 additional deceased dogs and cats were found in advanced decay at the back of the property.” You can see more photos HERE.
I’ve included some photos here -- the cat living atop a pile of feces; the dog peeking out of a broken carrier. On the SPCA’s dropbox site you can see a video of the seizure -- it has this little dog in it. Watch it and you'll see what tough work these seizures can be -- not just physically but on the soul, too.
While the SPCA is simply helping to uphold the cruelty laws of the State of Texas, the work costs money. Yes, it takes money to fund an anti-cruelty unit. You can support this important initiative at www.spca.org/helptheanimals.
And if you think that the cruelty laws should be tougher, you can go to the Texas Humane Legislation Network site at thln.org and read about the mission. Contact your state representative, also, to let that public servant know how the public feels about protecting animals.
[LARRY FYI: The SPCA did not include the names of the people accused of these misdemeanors. If a grand jury upgrades the cases to state jail felonies, we'll probably know the names. I suspect.]
A COOL CAT
IN A TOUGH SPOT
Our reliable Houston tipster, the animalfan Alexandra Kelsey, told us about this guy, opening her note with “Wyatt is beyond cute, as you can see from his photo on the skateboard and ... video. His person had to go into a rehab program that doesn’t allow cats.”
AKelsey included a note from Susan Festori that explains that this 15- or 16-month-old cat "is living in the apartment until the end of June, when the lease is up. At that time, Wyatt’s only option will be a shelter. ... I am sure that if he needs any vetting, that can be arranged. Wyatt was adopted from the Sugar Land shelter around July 2017 and was then neutered, current on shots and chipped. Wyatt is an indoor-only cat and great with his litter box."
To ask about Wyatt, call Susan at 832-389-0041 or email email@example.com. And to see one of the sweetest short videos you’ll ever witness, click HERE. It’ll give you an idea of how darling this guy is.
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