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Deadly Consequences for Some Pets

(July 5, 2023)

On Monday afternoon, authorities from the Houston SPCA and Harris County Constable Precinct 1 promptly responded to a distressing report regarding pets suffering from extreme heat at an apartment complex near the 10,000 block of Wortham Boulevard, close to FM-1960. Upon arrival, they discovered two lifeless French bulldogs, while a third French bulldog appeared severely emaciated and was found outside on a second-story balcony. The balcony fence had been covered with a makeshift material, obstructing the view from the parking lot.

Upon inspection, officials at the scene observed that the patio lacked water and instead contained wood shavings and empty bowls. The emaciated French bulldog was taken to the Houston SPCA for both veterinary examination and assessment of potential cruelty.

In a separate incident later that day, an unrelated case unfolded. A 10-month-old dog was discovered on a second-story balcony of an apartment near Forum Drive in Southwest Houston. The dog was found wearing a tightly-fitted muzzle and exhibited heavy panting. Houston SPCA’s Animal Cruelty Investigator, in collaboration with Harris County Constable Precinct 1, swiftly rescued the dog and promptly transported it to the Houston SPCA Medical Center for veterinary care.

It is important to highlight that subjecting animals to such life-threatening conditions constitutes animal cruelty, which is a felony in the state of Texas. Those found guilty may face up to two years of imprisonment and a fine of $10,000.

This year, the Houston SPCA has witnessed a significant increase in heat-related calls, surpassing the figures from the previous year. Between June 1 and June 20, there were 243 reports related to heat distress, compared to 87 during the same period in 2022.

If you suspect a pet is experiencing heat distress, it is crucial to report the situation promptly. You can contact the Houston SPCA at 713.869.7722, submit a report online here, or take immediate action to assist the pet if possible.

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