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A 20-year-old Mesquite man was charged Tuesday with the deaths of two puppies, Dallas County District Attorney John Creuzot said in a Tuesday press release.
Sebastian Acosta, 20, was arrested in April for animal cruelty and prosecutors brought additional charges after reviewing the case.
A Dallas County grand jury on Tuesday dismissed the cruelty charges on two cases of cruelty to non-livestock.
Video footage showed Acosta dragging dogs in the back of a silver pickup truck while carrying a log at Block 2400 on Dowdy Ferry Road on Wednesday.
According to police records, “puppies in need scream” and beatings can be heard on the video.
The video was captured by Jeremy Boss, an animal rights activist who founded the Dowdy Ferry Animal Coalition, with wildlife cameras set up on the dump.
Police said investigators found the puppies’ bodies and bloody tree trunks after Boss called the police.
In six years, he says, nearly 800 dogs have been spotted along Dowdy Ferry Road, an area in southeast Dallas that is a notorious canine dump.
“We’ve seen quite a bit of animal cruelty over the years, but this is one of the most terrifying situations we’ve seen as a crew,” Boss told NBC 5 in April.
After investigators asked the public for help finding Acosta, the man on video, tips led them to Acosta’s Mesquite apartment, where he was under oath that he was arrested on an unrelated criminal warrant.
Police said he should have taken the dogs to a local animal shelter to be handed over.
Acosta was also charged on Tuesday for manufacturing or supplying a controlled substance, prosecutors said.