A Dallas woman was charged with animal cruelty recently, several months after an investigator came across and rescued her starved and neglected Golden Retriever.
Zina Scott was arrested and charged June 18, nearly nine months after her dog was discovered by the SPCA of Texas Senior Investigator, who’s also a Dallas County District Attorney's Office Special Investigator, according to a spokesperson for the SPCA of Texas.
In September 2013, the investigator went to Scott’s property after getting a complaint about suspected animal cruelty. He saw Scott’s dog, who was emaciated and tethered to a tree in the backyard. Nearby, there was molded food and a bucket with very little water in it.
The investigator left a tag on Scott’s front door, saying she needed to contact the SPCA about making sure she made changes so that the dog’s conditions were in line with Texas Health and Safety Code. The investigator returned to the home the following day and left another tag.
Scott didn’t respond to either tag, so the investigator decided the dog should be removed from the home. When the investigator got a warrant to seize the dog, Scott claimed that someone had been stealing and starving the dog and then returning it to her backyard.
The dog was taken to an SPCA shelter in Dallas, and has since been rehabilitated and adopted. The investigator gathered evidence and later presented it to the Dallas County District Attorney, leading to Scott’s recent arrest.
Scott's bond has been set at $1,000.
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