DALLAS (July 28, 2012)--A $5,000 reward is offered for information leading an arrest and conviction after a dog was found dead with its mouth taped shut in rural Kaufman County in East Texas.
A statement from the SPCA of Texas says the dog's body was taken to its clinic in Dallas for a necropsy to determine what caused its death.
Because dogs don't perspire, they pant to keep their bodies from overheating.
Taping a dog’s mouth shut keeps the animal from panting and raises its heat stress.
“There is a well-documented link between animal cruelty and human violence." said SPCA of Texas President James Bias.
"Helping the Kaufman County Sheriff's Department bring the person or people who did this to justice will help stop the cycle of abuse."
Anyone with information should contact the Kaufman County Sheriff's Department at (972) 932-4337, the SPCA said.