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Reward for Information in Case of Embedded Elastic Hairband Doubles to $10,000

(October 26, 2022)

The initial $5,000 reward offered by the Houston SPCA has now doubled thanks to an anonymous animal lover who raised the reward to $10,000 for anyone with information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) who tightly wrapped an elastic hairband around the snout of an 8-week-old puppy, causing severe swelling and a deep laceration to the bone.

The puppy, now named Sharky, was discovered in a north Houston parking lot near the Gulf Freeway and West Road before a Good Samaritan brought him to Houston SPCA’s campus.

The 3-month-old Shepherd mix puppy is now in a foster home and doing well after he underwent a three-hour surgery on October 25 by Houston SPCA veterinarian, Dr. Rebecca Shipley. In the two days leading up to the surgery, the veterinary staff focused on pain management including hydrotherapy, antibiotics, and pain medication.


“It’s hard to imagine why someone would commit such a terrible crime and cause so much suffering and pain. We are hopeful this reward will encourage someone to come forward and speak with the Houston SPCA and Harris County Constable Precinct 1 about this case,” said Adam Reynolds, Chief of Animal Cruelty for the Houston SPCA.

Animal cruelty is punishable by Texas penal code 42.09, cruelty to non-livestock animals and could lead to a fine and jail time, which is determined by a judge.

Anyone with information about this case should call 713.869.7722 or email info@houstonspca.org.

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

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