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CAUGHT ON CAMERA: Houston SPCA Rescues Puppy Thrown from Balcony

(December 1, 2022)

Houston SPCA rescued a puppy Tuesday afternoon after a cruelty report was filed containing video of the pet being thrown over a second-story balcony before landing on the concrete approximately 15 feet below. The video, shown below, also shows the man returning back inside his apartment as the puppy wails in pain. Fortunately, the baby husky only sustained a broken leg but has a few other medical issues that need to be treated.

WARNING: Graphic video of puppy thrown from balcony

Because the animal was abandoned, a Houston SPCA Animal Cruelty Investigator was able to rescue the dog without a warrant and bring her back for immediate care by staff veterinarians and the animal care team. The puppy is recovering after treatment by veterinarians and is healing in a foster home.

The suspect could face animal cruelty charges that can lead to two years in jail and a $10,000 fine. The Office of Constable Alan Rosen, Harris County Constable Precinct 1 arrested Dwight Hankins on felony animal torture charges.

Adam Reynolds, Chief of Animal Cruelty Investigations for the Houston SPCA has a message for anyone who commits such horrific acts of animal cruelty.

“Take note. There are animal lovers everywhere, especially in Houston, who are going to help us stop your violence against animals by capturing it on video and filing a report with us.”


The Houston SPCA’s 10-member Animal Cruelty Investigations team works very closely with local law enforcement in and around the greater Houston area to stop cruelty, including HPD, Harris County Constable Precinct 1, and nine other surrounding Texas counties. Report animal cruelty by calling 713.869.7722 or filing online.

The Houston SPCA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that operates solely on donations. They are not affiliated with any other animal welfare organization, locally or nationally.

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