WILLS POINT (KYTX)—The SPCA of Texas is offering $2,000 as a reward to the person or people who provide information leading to the arrest and conviction of the perpetrator(s) who has allegedly severely burned a cat in the Cochise Village neighborhood of Wills Point, TX on March 11.
The cat has third
degree burns down its back and on its ears, and is currently in the care of a
Anyone with information on this case should contact the SPCA of Texas at 214-461-1850.
The cat's veterinarian, Dr. Kipp J. Wingo, DVM, has agreed that the cat may accept visits from the press from Noon to 1 p.m. today, Monday, April 14 at the Van Zandt Animal Care Center located at 21449 US Hwy 80, Wills Point, TX 75169. This is to ensure the cat's continued recuperation and prevent stress.
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.
"There is a well-documented link between animal cruelty and human violence." said SPCA of Texas President James Bias. "Helping the Hunt County Constable bring this individual to justice will help stop the cycle of abuse."
The SPCA of Texas is committed to stopping this cycle through maintaining an active Rescue & Investigations team that responds to reports of abuse and neglect in eight North Texas counties, through lobbying the Texas legislature to strengthen animal cruelty laws, by encouraging the community to get involved in their local and state government to advocate for animals and by encouraging individuals to report all suspected animal cruelty to their local law enforcement agency and the SPCA of Texas.
Further, April is Animal Cruelty Prevention Month, and the SPCA of Texas, the Hunt County Constable Pct. 1 and the Hunt County District Attorney are partnering to raise awareness about animal cruelty by asking anyone who sees suspected animal cruelty or abuse to contact their local law enforcement agency and the SPCA of Texas. To report suspected cruelty or abuse to the SPCA of Texas, call 214-742-SPCA (7722) or visit www.spca.org/abuse.
The SPCA of Texas will do everything in its power to assist the Hunt County Constable Pct. 1 Terry Jones as his office investigates, work with Hunt County District Attorney Noble Walker to take this case, and those like it, as far as possible under state law and bring this perpetrator to justice.