A news conference on Friday afternoon with the Dallas Police Department updated animal advocates and the community referencing the arrest of a man who has been accused of bludgeoning two young Pyrenees puppies to death.
According to WfaaNews, Sebastian Acosta, 20, killed the puppies on Wednesday at the 2400 block of Dowdy Ferry Road. He faces a charge of cruelty to non-livestock torture/kill, which is a third-degree felony. A citizen’s surveillance camera captured Acosta’s heartless actions as he picked one of the puppies out of the cab of his truck by the scruff of the neck, hesitated for a moment as a car sped by the road in front of him and out of the range of the camera, the puppy could be heard crying out.
When Jeremy Boss with the Dowdy Ferry Animal Commission arrived at the scene, he found the tree stump Acosta had used to bludgeon the puppies lying on top of one of the two dead puppies.
The area along Dowdy Ferry Road has been a popular dumping ground for abused dogs. Few animal abusers were ever apprehended until the cameras were secretly installed.
“Without these cameras, we would have came out here and do what we did the other 780 times in the past six years,” Boss stated. “We would have found two dogs hit over the head and no leads.”
According to the police update, Acosta had tried to sell the puppies on Craigslist and two people who tried to buy them made unsuccessful offers in a practice known as dog flipping. People like Acosta sell the dogs for a few hundred dollars each, but when he failed to sell them, he took them to Dowdy Ferry Road to kill them since he no longer wanted to care for them.
The SPCA of Texas’ veterinarian performed necropsies and determined the causes of death for the two puppies were severe blunt force trauma to the head.
Acosta is currently in the Lew Sterrett jail for previous drug possession and will be charged with felony animal cruelty. His total bond has been set at $200,000.
The third dog in the back of Acosta’s truck is now with the SPCA of Texas in protective custody. The dog, a five-year-old male mixed breed named Zeus, was transferred to the SPCA of Texas from Dallas Animal Services on Friday. The live dog will be evaluated and cared for by medical staff at the SPCA of Texas during the ongoing investigation. He will then be evaluated for placement once the investigation is complete and the SPCA of Texas has been granted court-ordered custody.
#ARRESTMADEOn 4-9-21 the @DallasPD Animal Cruelty Unit arrested Sebastian Acosta. @DallasPD would like to thank the community for their tips. This is a great example of the community and police working together to help solve and prevent crime. @DPDChiefGarcia https://t.co/19bzM3WSBd
— Dallas Police Dept (@DallasPD) April 9, 2021
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