Mesquite, TX – The 20-year-old Sebastian Acosta who was arrested and charged with animal cruelty in April was sentenced to six and a half years in prison on Wednesday, court records indicate.
The Mesquite man was accused and found guilty for the death of two puppies.
A Dallas County grand jury later indicted Acosta on two felony counts of cruelty to non-livestock animals.
In a video footage that was presented in court as an evidence, Acosta was seen hauling dogs in the bed of a silver pickup truck in the 2400 block of Dowdy Ferry Road while carrying a log.
The sound of puppies “crying out in distress,” as well as thuds, are then heard on the video, according to police records.
The cameras that recorded the footage were placed by Jeremy Boss, an animal advocate who founded the Dowdy Ferry Animal Coalition. The cameras were located near the dumping site where the suspect took the puppies.
Police officers were dispatched at the scene where they found the bloodied bodies following a 911 call made by Jeremy Boss notifying the authorities about the possible incident.
Dowdy Ferry Road in southeast Dallas is one of the infamous dumping ground for dogs and the data shows that nearly 800 dogs have been discovered in the area in just six years.
“We’ve seen quite a bit of animal cruelty throughout the years but this is one of the most horrific situations that we’ve seen as a crew,” Boss said to NBC 5 in April.
The police made the video footage public and asked the community for help in identifying the suspect. He was identified with the help of the community and arrested in his Mesquite apartment.
Acosta was also indicted on a charge of manufacturing or delivery of a controlled substance Tuesday, the district attorney’s office said.