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.
Mother Dog Found Dragging Her Puppies In A Crate On The Side Of The Road
A canine mom and her four pups are doing much better after being found in a sad state on a Georgia dirt road.
“We know there is evil in this world and this just further proves that!” the organization wrote in a post that’s since gone viral. “This poor mama dog watched as someone put her four young puppies into a wire crate and then tied a blue belt around her collar and then tied the belt to this crate and left them down a dirt road!!!”
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.
McIntosh County Animal Services in Darien, Georgia, said on Facebook last week that a man and his son had spotted the dog with her collar attached to a crate that contained four puppies. She was dragging the crate behind her as she walked.
The dog family was “covered with fleas, with ticks and feces. They smelled really, really bad,” Marianna Hagan, the county animal services director, told local news station WTOC. The Facebook post also noted that they were “very thirsty.”
After some baths and veterinary care, however, all are doing much better. WTOC reporter Amanda Aguilar posted a video on Wednesday showing the five dogs playing in the grass.
They’re also being moved to the care of a different organization ― Fancy Cats and Dogs Rescue Team in Virginia. Fancy Cats and Dogs posted on Facebook Friday that it’s accepting applications to foster the dogs until they’re ready to be adopted to someone permanently.
The rescue is also asking people to suggest names for the dogs in the post’s comments, noting that the puppies include two boys and two girls.