POSTED: Thursday, July 18, 2013 - 5:13pm
UPDATED: Friday, July 19, 2013 - 5:53pm
Tyler, Texas — 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."