Thanks to donations from citizens and business, a local non-profit organization called Safer Dallas Better Dallas was able to present a check to the Dallas County District Attorney’s office for $200,000, which will fund the first year of operations for its new Animal Cruelty Unit.
According to the Dallas County District Attorney’s website, over 2,500 cases of animal cruelty were reported in 2012. As an animal rescuer, I know that number is small compared to the number of actual cases of animal cruelty and neglect that exist in our community. With this new division, animal abusers are now more likely to be held accountable for their crimes.
This initiative also protects our citizens as well. “There is extensive, well documented research that confirms the strong correlation between violence to animals and violence to people,” says the DA’s Animal Cruelty Unit website. The hope is that stopping these crimes before they occur will keep our community, both animal and human, much safer.
Dallas Dog Life applauds the City of Dallas and all those who had a part in making this project a reality. To follow the progress of the new Animal Cruelty Unit, please visit their website for new posts.