There’s a cat killer on the loose. In the latest incident, a cat was found cleanly severed in half in the 6200 block of Revere Place in Northeast Dallas. A veterinarian later determined that the cat had been mutilated by a human, not another animal. Another cat, killed in a similar manner, was brought to that same vet earlier in the week. It was found near the 2200 block of Cedar Springs. And these aren’t isolated incidents. Dallas Animal Services regularly monitors animal cruelty cases, and has noticed a trend over the past few years that each spring, more and more cats are found mutilated in North and Northeast Dallas.
“There is a well-documented link between animal cruelty and human violence.” said SPCA of Texas President James Bias. “Helping the Dallas Police Department bring these individuals to justice will help stop the cycle of abuse.” According to the SPCA of Texas, 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.
April is Animal Cruelty Prevention Month, and Dallas Animal Services, the Dallas Police Department, and the SPCA of Texas are focusing their efforts on stopping these horrific killings. Each time a Dallas citizen reports this type of animal cruelty to the Dallas Police Department, Dallas Animal Services then assists the Dallas Police Department, who conducts the investigations, to track down the perpetrator(s). The SPCA of Texas is then able to offer a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible. In this most recent case, the SPCA of Texas is offering a $5,000 reward to any individual who provides information leading to the arrest and conviction of the perpetrator.
Anyone with information on this most recent case should contact the Dallas Police Department’s Central Investigative Unit at 214-671-4416.
For more information: The SPCA of Texas encourages individuals to report all suspected animal cruelty to their local law enforcement agency and the SPCA of Texas. To report suspected cruelty or abuse to the SPCA of Texas, call 214-742-SPCA (7722) or visit www.spca.org/abuse.
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