To encourage more leads on a terrible cruelty case in June that involved two cats, the SPCA of Texas has increased a reward for information to $7,500.
The SPCA originally offered $5,000 to any individual who provides information leading to the indictment of the perpetrator(s) who allegedly impaled two cats by their hind legs on a fence outside a Dallas apartment complex in the 2900 block of Remond Drive near I-30 and Westmoreland Road on June 27 around 2:50 am.
Luis Cuevis, a security guard for the complex, found the cats. Dallas Fire Rescue responded to the call and had to cut off the top portion of the metal fence posts in order to remove the cats.
Dallas Animal Services took custody of one cat. A young woman named Irma Quintanilla interviewed by NBCDFW professed to be the owner of the other cat. Both cats had to be euthanized.
A Latin male between the ages of 25 and 35 was seen fleeing the location in a white four-door Honda Accord.
The SPCA 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 is committed to stopping this cycle. To report suspected cruelty or abuse, call 214-742-SPCA (7722) or visit the website.
"Helping the Dallas Police Department bring these individuals to justice will help stop the cycle of abuse," said SPCA of Texas President James Bias.