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Puppy Died After Being Left In Metal Cage In Extreme Texas Heat

Published: July 15, 2022 at 12:53 PM Author: Penny Eims

Groves, Texas – On July 13, in the midst of a Texas heatwave that prompted officials to issue warnings, a puppy was left to suffer and die inside of a metal cage left on a concrete driveway outside of a residence in Groves.

A 10-year-old child saw the dying puppy in the cage on Wednesday afternoon and heard her screaming in agony. The child’s mother reached out to Animal Victory and shared the heartbreaking encounter:

My 10 year old stepson took a video of the puppy screaming rolling on it’s back at 2:45 and I got there at 3:11 and the puppy was stiff as a board and passed away. He didn’t know to call the cops and was too scared to go over there and do something since they’ve had previous confrontation with those neighbors.

View video here

The authorities are aware of this disgraceful incident and they issued a press release about their investigation on Friday, July 15.

Amazingly, the person at the residence denied knowledge of the puppy’s presence when questioned by the authorities – claiming that the pup belonged to her daughter who lives in Port Arthur. The woman told the authorities that she did not know that the pup had been dropped off outside of her home. Because of her claim of ignorance, the police were not able to make an arrest at the time.

The authorities said:

Once we complete our investigation, the case will be submitted to the Jefferson County DA’s office for review.
The offense is a class A misdemeanor for failing to provide necessary food, water, care, or shelter. A Class A misdemeanor is the most serious type of misdemeanor offense in Texas.
This release is from the initial assessment of the case, and the investigation is still pending.

Though the police have stated that misdemeanor charges are applicable, the Groves animal control officer, S. Esquivel, believes that it warrants a felony charge of animal cruelty. The Texas Penal Code appears to support his belief:

Cruelty to non-livestock animals: torture, killing, poisoning, or causing
serious bodily injury
TEX. PENAL CODE ANN. § 42.092(b)(1),(2)
1st offense: 3rd-degree felony
Subsequent offenses (including offenses under 42.09): 2nd degree

ACO Esquivel told KFDM News that the puppy’s internal temperature was still 106 degrees TWO HOURS after death. This puppy literally baked to death and the suffering she suffered is indescribable! There was nowhere to escape the scorching sun. No shade, no reprieve from the hot ground, no water – NOTHING. Her screams were ignored – she was screaming in pain, screaming for help, screaming into the sweltering air because there was nobody who cared about her pain.

What happened to this puppy is appalling. The people responsible for her death must be held accountable and we need your signature to convince the officials in Jefferson County that this case deserves the strongest applicable charge and the maximum sentence. Nothing will change for animal cruelty cases if people are not held accountable for their actions.

We the undersigned demand that Michelle Bradford is held responsible for the cruel and senseless death of this innocent puppy. We are petitioning for Bradford to face the maximum sentence for her 3rd-degree felony charge of cruelty to non-livestock animals.

A portion of the video can be seen at this link to YouTube. A word of warning, though not graphic, the video is painful to watch. For those who choose not to view it, the five-month-old puppy is locked in the cage, rolling back and forth on the ground with her tongue hanging out and heavy breathing. As a reminder, the video was recorded by a 10-year-old child, not an adult.



(Video provided to Animal Victory by Heather Gay/recorded by her 10-year-old stepson)

Update 9/2/2022: Animal Victory pushed the Groves Police Department with our petition, and phone calls from us, and other concerned citizens for this investigation.  They recently announced the arrest of Michelle Bradford, who admitted in an interview with investigators that she forgot about the puppy being left outside. The Jefferson County DA has accepted a felony charge of cruelty to non-livestock animals (3rd-degree felony). Bradford was booked into the Jefferson County Correctional Facility and is being held on a $25,000 bond.

Update 8/15/2022: Animal Victory has talked with the police department. The police are still actively investigating this case. It has not been turned over to the District Attorney yet. 

Update 8/2/2022: Animal Victory has sent 17,602 signatures along with our petition asking for an investigation update to Detective Mark Blum and Lieutenant detective, Robert Phillips.

Puppy Died After Being Left In Metal Cage In Extreme Texas Heat

20,557 signatures = 82% of goal


20,557 John Robertson Nov 30, 2022
20,556 Irene Murray It is a puppy, so wouldn’t you keep an eye on a puppy? Obviously, she didn’t care and left him out their cage was closed She put him there!! Show no mercy bc there was no mercy for that puppy! Nov 29, 2022
20,555 George Heppel Nov 25, 2022
20,554 Grace Johnson Nov 25, 2022
20,553 Sophia Tuscan Nov 25, 2022
20,552 Keisha Rubin Nov 22, 2022
20,551 matilde damian Nov 20, 2022
20,550 Dana Dykes Nov 19, 2022
20,549 Mary Stidham Nov 18, 2022
20,548 Elisabeth Jost Nov 18, 2022
20,547 Roberta Huddy I'm so glad the Texas has very heavy sentencing for animal cruelty and this piece of shit has a $25.000 bail. This kind of laws should be mandatory for all 50 states. Some offenders of animal cruelty gets a slap on the hand with our the maximum sentence. Animal cruelty is like a disease that is spreading rapidly. Laws need to change!!! Nov 17, 2022
20,546 Megan Runser Nov 16, 2022
20,545 Christina Roop Nov 16, 2022
20,544 Norma Rodríguez Nov 15, 2022
20,543 Kathleen Gean Torturing an animal to death by any means must be considered a crime, and the person or persons responsible should be punished to the full extent of the law. This is heartbreaking cruelty. Nov 14, 2022
20,542 Grace Holden Nov 14, 2022
20,541 Brad Stanfield She is a monster! Nov 13, 2022
20,540 Periel Kaczmarek I request that felony charges be brought against this horrible excuse for a human. Cruelty to non-livestock animals: torture, killing, poisoning, or causing serious bodily injury TEX. PENAL CODE ANN. § 42.092(b)(1),(2) 1st offense: 3rd-degree felony Subsequent offenses (including offenses under 42.09): 2nd degree felony Nov 13, 2022
20,539 Gwendolyn Hayward Nov 11, 2022
20,538 Desma J Carey Nov 08, 2022
20,537 Jocelyn Warburton Nov 07, 2022
20,536 Joanne Jaeger Nov 05, 2022
20,535 Alfonso Day Day Nov 05, 2022
20,534 Lucía Goyanes Nov 05, 2022
20,533 RHONDA BRONG Nov 05, 2022
20,532 Nancy Boyd Put her in a cage and throw her into an active volcano Nov 05, 2022
20,531 Elizabeth Conlan Nov 05, 2022
20,530 Wendy Anderson Nov 04, 2022
20,529 Bob Branick Nov 04, 2022
20,528 irina rus Nov 02, 2022