How to Report Animal Cruelty
In April 2017, Crime Stoppers of Houston, working with Harris County Precinct 5 Constable Ted Heap, formed a city-wide Anti-Animal Cruelty Partner Council to bring key partners and agencies together to collaborate on finding solutions to improve how crimes against animals are reported and responded to in Harris County and the City of Houston.
With over 50 law enforcement agencies in Harris County, citizens often do not know where to report this type of abuse. The council's goal was to make it easy for citizens to report animal cruelty and neglect to the correct agency, thereby helping animals in need as quickly as possible. This also would free up resources that were incorrectly getting the calls.
Following Hurricane Harvey, the Harris County Animal Cruelty Taskforce was formed with the primary goal of streamlining the process of where and how animal cruelty can be reported in the Greater Houston Area. The taskforce acquired 832-927-PAWS as their phone number in order to further streamline the reporting process, speed up response times and minimize duplication of efforts across the county.
Partner agencies of the Taskforce include:
Harris County Constable Precinct 5
Harris County District Attorney’s Office
Harris County Sheriff’s Office
Houston Police Department
City of Houston Animal Control
Crime Stoppers of Houston
Harris County Public Health Veterinary Public Health
Houston Humane Society
Animal ER of Northwest Houston
Additionally, the Taskforce secured a partnership with drumBEAT Marketing and their website, www.Best4Pets.org drumBEAT Marketing is donating the time and services to create the one-stop website for citizens in Harris County and the Greater Houston Metropolitan area to report animal cruelty and get information on all issues pertaining to animal welfare.
Harris County Sheriff's Office has also added an additional Deputy to animal cruelty investigations.
Through education, awareness and continued collaboration, the Harris County Animal Cruelty Taskforce hopes to make a larger impact in the lives of abused and neglected animals.
All Hail Thor, The Hunky Bulldog That Won The National Dog Show
Thor the bulldog is officially the best boy in America.
This fine, chunky specimen claimed Best in Show at this year’s National Dog Show, beating out more than 2,000 other good boys and girls from more than 193 breeds to claim the prestigious prize.
Thor, who at 2 years old weighs in at 60 pounds, was described by American Kennel Club-licensed judge and NBC co-host David Frei as a “beautiful hunk of a dog.” But Thor’s not all looks ― Frei also said he had a “great temperament.”
Thor’s handler, Peruvian Eduardo Paris, described the bulldog as a “sweet dog and very athletic.”
“You should see how high he can jump,” Paris said, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer. “He loves to play with his kennel mate Chihuahuas, and he has beautiful construction. I think that’s why he won.”
Thor beat six other finalists who had each won the best of their group. Thor had won the non-sporting group and competed against a Havanese, a golden retriever, a pharaoh hound, a Siberian husky, a soft-coated wheaten terrier and an Old English sheepdog. The Havanese, which was the runner-up, is currently ranked as the No. 1 show dog in the world.
The show, now in its 18th year and viewed by more than 20 million people, airs after the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade each year. It aims to showcase purebreds and educate viewers about each breed’s history and temperament. The event was hosted by the Kennel Club of Philadelphia, partnered with NBC.
Thor has already garnered a following of adoring fans after capturing the hearts of viewers across America.
Dogs Of The White House
President Donald Trump didn’t bring a puppy to the White House, unlike his predecessors, including Barack Obama and George W. Bush.