Animal abuse huge problem in East Texas

Animal abuse huge problem in East Texas

POSTED: Thursday, July 18, 2013 - 5:13pm

UPDATED: Friday, July 19, 2013 - 5:53pm

Animal shelters are seeing hundreds of incidents of animal abuse in the East Texas area. Over the past two years the East Texas Society For the Prevention of Cruelty To Animals has received approximately 700 phone calls, all with reports of suspected animal abuse.

SPCA officials have seen everything from dogs not being fed to owners allowing their dog's fingernails to get so long they can't even walk.

In most situations animal shelters will alert the police, who will decide whether or not to further investigate the situation. Public Information Officer Don Martin with Tyler Police says, ""If we believe it's something that has occurred then we'll flow that to a detective and they will look into that and if we have to get a warrant for their arrest."

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Dog abuse is very important. It is usually a tip off to abuse of people that is occurring at the hands of the abusers. If we, as a society took this with the seriousness that it deserves, we would go a long way towards stopping domestic violence and other violence before it starts.

In a land where we can't call our parents without the government knowing; a land where the highest law enforcement official is caught selling guns to foreign drug cartels and never held accountable, a land where you can be arrested for no ID, but OK if you are here illegally, a land where the IRS can financially ruin anyone of their choice at anytime, a land of secret courts with secret laws, I hardly think dog abuse is a priority. I could be wrong however, in this land that has gone to the dogs

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