Puppies Rescued in East Dallas After One Pup Is Strangled

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – One puppy is dead and another is recovering after someone wrapped plastic zip-ties around their necks. The puppy that survived was rescued from a cluttered storage shed in the 2300 block of Charles Street in East Dallas.

“There’s just no words to describe the conditions inside there,” explained Diana Hall.

Hall runs The Velvet Snout; a dog rescue and boarding center. She and a coworker were called out to save the animals. When they arrived, one puppy was already dead after being strangled by a zip tie; which is typically used by police to handcuff criminals. “It’s the worse thing I’ve ever seen,” said Hall.

So far, a mother pit bull and two of her pups have been rescued. However, a fourth puppy remains somewhere inside the shed which is filled with debris, garbage, metal and sharp objects.

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A puppy with a zip-tie around its neck is rescued.

Dallas Fire Rescue was called out, but according to Hall, the firefighters decided not to pursue the puppy because of safety concerns. “They said it was too dangerous and too much of a biohazard,” added Hall.

George Burke says he owns the property, but not the dogs. Burke says he’s furious with Dallas Code Compliance for not only citing his property, but for allowing the K-9 rescuers inside his shed. “I have a messy property that wasn’t messy until the city came in here and dragged the stuff out of the building,” explained Burke. “They broke the lock and after they broke into the building, they dragged everything out looking for dogs,” he added.

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Burke believes the dogs crawled under his fence. It still doesn’t explain who and why someone purposely tied plastic zip ties around the puppies’ necks.

Rescuers say access to the property has now been blocked by the owner. However, a cage with food has been left behind in hopes the final puppy will wander inside.

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  • NiteNurse

    If you have a litter of unwanted animals please be compassionate and drop them off at a local shelter. What happened to these poor animals is horrible and may you burn in hell for doing this to them.

  • Cindy Noble Cole

    Updates on this puppies available on this FB community page. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Two-Puppies-Needing-Help/289069224445979

  • Cindy Noble Cole

    As one of the people who called for help I can assure you that the property gate was open and the doors to the shed could not be shut due to the piles (in some cases more then 6 ft high) of debris. Nothing was removed from the shed, nothing was put outside. We tried for days to capture the pups before Rescue came to help. All access to the property has now been blocked.. yet one more puppy is still in the fence.

    • Daryl

      Are they just going to leave the puppy in there to die?

  • Teresa

    There is no reason authorities cannot get involoved and make this man give access to the one remaining puppy. This is animal cruelty!!!

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  • J M Stewart

    I have a few problems with Mr. Burke’s statements. First, why would anyone be bothered by someone coming on their property to SAVE some puppies lives? Especially when there is nothing of value in the property? Second, you mean to tell me that Mr. Burke expects us to believe that three small female kind hearted people trying to rescue puppies managed to pull out all of that refuse??!! How many telephones? How much ductwork? How many automobiles? How much PVC pipe? Good grief. Get real. Look at the pictures from the link above and it is obvious that the dump was found that way. Finally, Mr. Burke deserves to be cited by Code Enforcement because he has MULTIPLE, ongoing code violations. I guess he can be mad about it, but he can’t be in the right about it.
    Mr. Burke is alot of things.
    But I was taught not to say words like that.

    • Joyi Stewart Kraus

      LOL, and Mr. Burke apparently also expects people to believe that on top of dragging everything out – we also weathered it, pilled leaves on top of it, poured rain water into every exposed area, etc… we went to a lot of effort to make it appear that the stuff had been already sitting out for at least a good month. (rolly eyes)

  • Dawn Orr

    Absolutely no words for someone that will block off access knowing there is a pup inside needing help.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Jane

    It appears that Dallas Animal Services may have become involved in some capacity after the fact. Why were they not there in the beginning? Why did Code Compliance allow this man to let property deteriorate to this point? Why has Judge Michael Acuna not been contacted to get a seizure warrant for the last dog? Why is it ALWAYS up to the individual citizens to help suffering animals in this city?

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  • David Allen

    It is my understanding that the man who owns this property is also the head of the local Republican committee. You may want to check on that.

    As far as I’m concerned, the coldest depths of hell are reserved for people who do that to puppies. Or any animals.

  • Marianne

    Mr. Burke, you should be ashamed of yourself!!! You may not be an animal lover, and that’s your choice. But you could be humane enough to let those that DO love animals save the last puppy. Shame on YOU!

  • msn

    Puppies?!? Who can do this to puppies?!?
    Where is the accountability for this horrible situation???
    My sincerest thanks to everyone who has helped these poor dogs in so many ways.
    But the property owner needs to be held accountable for inhumane treatment of animals. Whether or not he placed the ties on the necks of those dogs, he actively thwarted people from assisting. What a **monster.**

  • Sherry Lynn Brundrett Chilcote

    CBS Thank you so much for airing this story. If someone could do this to a precious puppy, no telling what else they could do. My prayers are with the brave folks still trying to save the last puppy. And for having the courage to attempt the save in such terrible conditions.

  • Janet Bickel-Burton

    For Shame, Mr. Burke! Yes,if you were not willing to assist in the dog rescue, then do not complain when others DO it for you.

  • Janet Bickel-Burton

    For Shame, Mr. Burke! Yes,if you were not willing to assist in the dog rescue, then do not complain when others DO it for you.

    Also, how does a puppy get a zip tie around its neck – and tight enough to strangle to death. The horrors!!

  • Victoria Cole

    Follow this link to keep up with rescue efforts!


  • Liesl McQuillan

    I suspect the reason this man’s property was allowed to get to the state it is in is because we lack funding for basic services in the city of Dallas, now. As long as people continue to vote for people who refuse to raise taxes, this kind of thing will continue to happen. And it’s only going to get worse.

    • Jane

      Code Compliance in this citiy is a joke – as is trying to get help for suffering animals from the authorities [before the media becomes involved]. Corruption is a factor in many large cities in this country – is it any different here? Mr. Allen is spot on.

    • David Allen

      No, I believe that the reason this man’s property is allowed to get to this state is because of his funding for certain city bosses. Do some investigating folks.

  • chris

    What a monstrous person – you should be ashamed Mr Burke.

    Thanks to the rescuers whotried to help and CBS for airing the story.

  • Lee Lutz

    Thank you CBS 11 for covering this horrible event.It was hard to watch but I was so proud of our brave women.Please stay on this story. I am not an animal rescuer but one who did work on Garland to stop gassing animals. I also board our dog at a facility that had persons on this site.They are caring and brave . I noticed that the owner was a perfect mess of a man. Pray that this owner will reconsider and let the rescue continue.I find it very suspicious.Could the female mother be his and he did not want other souls to feed?

  • lee lutz

    Why aren;t the police called? This is animal cruelty and against the law

  • Cindy Noble Cole

    There is an ongoing investigation by the DPD for animal cruelty. Dallas Animal Services and Code Compliance have worked with rescuers extensively. The culprit is the person who put the ties around the neck of the puppies and the person who will not allow rescue of the last puppy.

  • Kari S

    I really hope they save that last puppy! Good job to the ladies who have the heart and courage to go through that mess to save them. Wishing the best for those beautiful creatures. This man should not be allowed to lock his gate when another animal is in danger. Authorities should step in and take control of this situation. Not only that but start an investigation of animal cruelty. I thought that this sort of behavior was illegal? Am I incorrect in that knowledge? Or is that the case for other states?

  • DDR

    People who do this kind of thing to animals should be burned alive and doused in acid as the flames are going out.

  • Joyi Stewart Kraus

    I have been personally involved with this rescue… the woman who was moving the debris in order to get to the puppy (in the news clip) is my sister. I am one of the people who was on site and God as my witness – the doors to those shed / warehouses were open – not just open, but open, because the junk piled in front of them prevented them from being closed. For Mr. Burke to insinuate that the mess was caused by the rescuers is a flat out lie. As for stuff being moved… stuff was moved aside just enough to get to the puppy.

    Mr. Burke is a Dallas City Precinct Chair for district 2230 – HE IS A REPRESENTATIVE OF DALLAS!! He was contacted BEFORE any attempts were made to get to the pups… it is my understanding that his response was that the puppies were not his and not his problem. I believe that he was also told at that time that the gate to his property was open – that gate was open already and neither myself or the other rescuers opened it.

    Mr. Burke was made aware of the situation and he was aware that the puppies were in dire stress and needed to be gotten to. He did not once offer any kind of help and when he finally showed up on the scene, he try to divert attention away from himself by blaming the people involved. What a crock! Dallas District 2230, listen up – you have a crooked and cruel man representing you and it is time for someone to stand up to him. I hope the precinct agrees that this man is not a good reflection of your district. God Bless.

    • R. Craig

      Thanks to your sister and all trying to save them. I wanted to jump in my car to help you as soon as I heard about it. I’m just a mom and pet owner. Why do ordinary citizens seem to care and be able to get more done than the cities in these situations. I’m so tired of all this b.s. And they need to kick that man off his damn Precint Chair.. He needs to be spending his time cleaning that rat trap fire hazard of a property. If I was his neighbors I’d be raising hell.

      • Joyi Stewart Kraus

        No Doubt! He is my Mother’s neighbor and yes, she is raising hell – that mans property is a haven to vermin of all sorts and that is not fair to the people who live a couple of houses away. My mother is the one who got everyone in place and organized – who contacted all the groups and city people and got them interested… She really harnessed the amazing power that only happens when a community comes together and fights for something that is worth fighting for!

  • R. Craig

    Thank you Channel 11 for airing this story. You just earned a new viewer today. I will be watching the news on your channel now. Mr. Burke is digusting and cruel. I feel sure he did this to those puppies by the way he’s acting. And why isn’t the police,the city, animal control, city counsel, the county, etc. doing everything possible to save that puppy’s life. I’m so angry that only a trap has been set. I’m disgusted with the city of Dallas. By the time an investigation is done that puppy will be dead. Get in there Dallas and save it!

    • Joyi Stewart Kraus

      Guys, I want to clarify – The City of Dallas DID do everything that they legally could. We had the police department, code compliance, firemen and women… Dallas Animal Control, etc… BUT, there were some legal issues that made the situation such that it had to be the private citizen who went in for the rescue. All of us were aware that we were chancing getting fined or called on trespassing, but we chose to take that chance. The city organizations were actively involved in way of being on site, advising in safety precautions, ready and waiting to take the pup into surgery… but, because Mr. Burke were not involve himself and give formal permission – a private citizen was really the only person who could actually go in. Very much an act of civil disobedience. The City of Dallas, the SPCA, Operation Kindness…. and so many more were right there ready and waiting in any way that they were legally able. Without The City of Dallas, I promise you, that black and white puppy would not have made it. And it was the Fire Department that gave my sister and mom the hazard suits shown on the clip… they did what they could, but they got caught up in a mess of red tape.

      • Cindy Noble Cole

        Mr. Burke did say that he wanted the dogs caught, but it was a verbal statement only. At this time it appears that Br. Burke is speaking to DAS to assist in getting the last puppy out.

  • Joyi Stewart Kraus

    I think that I am going to figure out how to get something going in Dallas for animals in situations like The Charles Street Family was in. This rescue effort involved a lot of jumping through hoops – and no doubt, it was worth it, but how come it is not easier? We need something like Amber Alert – something that cuts through all the red tape – something to save animals that are in dire stress! I mean those pups – and the brindle still – were dying not 20 feet away and the road blocks just made this rescue so much harder than it need to be.

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