A video, recorded by cameras installed by the Dallas County Marshall’s Office, captured a man stopping his car near Teagarden Road at Dowdy Ferry Road abandoning a one-year-old mixed breed female dog. On Monday, September 11, George Spears turned himself into authorities after an arrest warrant was issued by the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office and the SPCA of Texas on a charge of animal cruelty. Spears has since been charged with a Class A misdemeanor for abandoning a dog.
According to the SPCA of Texas, this is the first time cameras have captured an incident of alleged animal cruelty which has led to an arrest, and now marks the beginning of a close partnership between the SPCA of Texas and the Dallas Marshall’s Office in ongoing efforts to crack down on the epidemic animal cruelty and abandonment cases in the Dowdy Ferry areas. In addition, Dowdy Ferry Animal Commissions cameras also recorded the alleged crime and the hidden camera showed the dog being dumped as well.
The black and white pup, since dubbed Claira-Belle, was discovered and cared for by rescuers on August 5; she was picked up by Dallas Animal Services in the early morning hours on August 6. The SPCA of Texas received information concerning the case on August 18 and instituted an investigation. Claira-Belle was transferred to the SPCA of Texas and has since been adopted.
Spears admitted he abandoned the dog, and told authorities he had been helping his sister by getting rid of the dog because she was unable to control her pet.
Let’s hope authorities pursue the harshest punishment as permitted by law and help to stop the heartbreaking crimes of pet abandonment in this community.
Photos and video via SPCA of Texas.
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BREAKING: On Monday, September 11, 2017, Gorge Spears turned himself in to authorities after an arrest warrant was issued by the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office and the SPCA of Texas earlier the same day on a charge of cruelty to animals, a Class A misdemeanor, for abandoning a one-year-old female mixed breed dog near Teagarden Rd. at Dowdy Ferry Rd. in southern Dallas. Criminal charges have been filed against Mr. Spears. The crime was recorded by the cameras the Dallas Marshal’s Office installed in the area. This is the first time these cameras have captured an incident of alleged animal cruelty that has led to an arrest, and it marks the beginning of a close partnership between the SPCA of Texas and the Dallas Marshall’s Office in ongoing efforts to crack down on animal cruelty in the Dowdy Ferry and surrounding areas. The dog, later named Claira-Belle, was found by witnesses on August 5th and picked up by Dallas Animal Services in the early morning hours of August 6th. The SPCA of Texas received information regarding the case on August 18th and then began the investigation. Claira-Belle was transferred to the SPCA of Texas on August 22nd, and cared for before being adopted on September 9th. During the course of the investigation, the SPCA of Texas spoke with Gorge Spears, who on September 8th admitted that he dumped the dog, saying that he was trying to help his sister by getting rid of the dog because his sister was unable to control her. This admission led the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office’s and SPCA of Texas’ Animal Cruelty Investigator to file the arrest warrant.
Posted by SPCA of Texas on Tuesday, September 12, 2017
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