Responding to a citizen’s report on June 27 at about 2:50 a.m., Dallas Fire Rescue arrived at the complex in the 2900 block of Remond Drive and cut off the top of the sharp fence posts to free the “severely injured” animals, the Dallas Police Department said in a July 2 statement. One of the cats was taken into custody by Dallas Animal Services but “sadly had to be euthanized due to the extent of its injuries,” the police department said.
The second cat ran away before he could be placed in a transport container and could not be found at the scene, police said. But he reportedly made his way home and was ultimately put to sleep by his owner’s veterinarian due to the seriousness of his injuries.
Police described the suspect as a Latino male between the ages of 25 and 35. He was seen fleeing the crime scene in a white 4-door Honda Accord.
Anyone with information on this animal cruelty offense is asked to call Detective Ira Carter at 214-671-0633 or Crime Stoppers at 214-373-8477 (TIPS). Update: The SPCA of Texas announced July 11 that it is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and indictment. Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to an additional $5,000.
In other cat news, a female feline is recovering at a southwest Ohio animal shelter after her head became stuck in a can inside a dumpster, the Fayette Humane Society said June 24. An animal control officer sedated the stressed cat before pulling what looked like a food can away from her head. The officer then transported her to the humane society’s surgical suite, where she received oxygen and fluids.