(originally published By Brandon Formby – dallasnews.com)

Safer Dallas Better Dallas presents the Dallas County commissioners court with a check for $200,000 for the DA’s new animal cruelty unit. (Brandon Formby/Staff Photographer)

Dallas County commissioners this morning accepted $200,000 in private donations for a new animal cruelty unit at the District Attorney’s office. Non-profit Safer Dallas Better Dallas raised the money to fund a prosecutor and investigator who focus on animal cruelty crimes.

Commissioners also agreed to spend $2.8 million for new computer, video and other equipment for Sheriff’s department squad cars. The money will be used to replace damaged and outdated equipment, including video recorders that use VHS tapes. The Sheriff’s department also got approval for a new bail bond investigator position to perform inspections on bail bond companies and to investigate complaints and possible violations of state law.

Commissioners authorized more than $621,000 in expenses on making improvements to Miller Road from Garland’s city limits to Rowlett’s city limits. The overall project is expected to cost more than $12.4 million and the county is expected to contribute more than $1.2 million toward that.

There is no commissioners court meeting scheduled for next week.