Animal Welfare

SPCA issues $5,000 reward to apprehend perpetrator of horrific cat cruelty

SPCA issues $5,000 reward to apprehend perpetrator of cat cruelty

The SPCA of Texas is offering a $5,000 reward on a horrific cruelty case involving two cats. On June 27, two cats were found impaled by their hind legs on a sharp-peaked fence surrounding an apartment complex in the 2900 block of Remond Drive, near I-30 and Westmoreland Road.

A security guard for the complex found the cats at about 2:50 am. Dallas Fire Rescue, who responded to the call, had to cut off the top portion of the metal fence posts in order to remove the cats. Both cats were so severely injured that they had to be euthanized. Dallas Animal Services took custody of one cat; the other ran back to its owner, Irma Quintanilla, who took her cat to a vet.

The Dallas Police Department described a suspect as a Latin male between the ages of 25 to 35 who was seen fleeing the location in a white four-door Honda Accord. Anyone with information can contact Detective Ira Carter with the Dallas Police Department at 214-671-0633.

In an effort to help Detective Carter find the perpetrator, the SPCA came through with a $5,000 reward through the funding of the Murrell Foundation.

"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."

The SPCA of Texas points out that 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.

The SPCA of Texas will do everything in its power to assist law enforcement as they work with prosecutors to take this specific case as far as possible under state law and bring this individual(s) to justice.

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Two cats suffered horrible cruelty when they were impaled on a fence at a Dallas apartment building. Photo courtesy of DPD