Trevor Deamon Kennedy, 48, was arrested Thursday by the SPCA of Texas, Dallas police and the Dallas County district attorney's office. He was booked into the Dallas County Jail on a charge of cruelty to a non-livestock animal.
Officials said Kennedy kept a 3-year-old pit bull terrier and boxer mix tied to a tree with no access to food or shelter. The dog, Bella, was taken in by the SPCA on Sept. 27 after Kennedy surrendered her.
Earlier that day, investigators had received a complaint about suspected animal cruelty at 9400 block of Edgecreek Drive. When they arrived, they found Bella seriously underweight, with her spine, hip bones and ribs protruding from her skin.
After the SPCA's investigator spoke with Kennedy, he agreed to surrender the dog. She was taken to the Russell E. Dealey Animal Rescue Center, where she was treated by a veterinarian
The cable used to tie Bella to the tree had become embedded so deep in her skin it almost touched her vertebrae, according to the SPCA. Bella had to undergo surgery to remove the cable and repair tissue in her neck.
Investigators found evidence that Kennedy had caused serious injury to the dog by not feeding her and ignoring her wounds, the SPCA said.
Kennedy remained in jail Saturday, where his bail is set at $15,000.