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Cruelty Investigation

We have zero tolerance when it comes to animal cruelty in the Houston metro area. Our teams are uniquely equipped to rescue many types of animals from all kinds of abuse and neglect. Speak up if you suspect animal cruelty. You could save a life.
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There's No Excuse for Animal Abuse

Animal cruelty is a crime in Texas. Read the cruelty statute here.

SEC. 42.092. CRUELTY TO NON-LIVESTOCK ANIMALS

A person commits an offense if the person intentionally or knowingly:

  1. tortures an animal or in a cruel manner, kills or causes serious bodily injury to an animal;
  2. without the owner’s effective consent, kills, administers poison to, or causes serious bodily injury to an animal;
  3. fails unreasonably to provide necessary food, water, care or shelter for an animal in the person’s custody;
  4. abandons unreasonably an animal in the person’s custody;
  5. transports or confines an animal in a cruel manner;
  6. without the owner’s effective consent, causes bodily injury to an animal;
  7. causes one animal to fight with another animal, if either animal is not a dog;
  8. uses a live animal as a lure in dog race training or in dog coursing on a racetrack; or
  9. seriously overworks an animal.

 

Sec. 42.10. DOG FIGHTING

A person commits an offense if the person intentionally or knowingly:

  1. causes a dog to fight with another dog;
  2. participates in the earnings of or operates a facility used for dog fighting;
  3. uses or permits another to use any real estate, building, room, tent, arena or other property for dog fighting;
  4. owns or possesses dog-fighting equipment with the intent that the equipment be used to train a dog for dog fighting or in furtherance of dog fighting;
  5. owns or trains a dog with the intent that the dog be used in an exhibition of dog fighting; or
  6. attends as a spectator an exhibition of dog fighting.

 

Save a Life by Reporting Cruelty

If you believe animal cruelty is taking place in the Houston metro area, please complete the Online Animal Cruelty Report or call 713-869-7722. Please do not report cruelty or injured animals by email or on social media. We primarily investigate cases of animal cruelty in the Houston metro area, including Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Montgomery, Waller, and San Jacinto counties.

If you’re reporting an incident in a state or county outside our jurisdiction, please contact the animal control organization, animal shelter, or local law enforcement agency for that area. We cannot respond outside our jurisdiction unless requested by law enforcement.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I report cruelty anonymously?
We ask for a detailed report because every case is assigned and investigated by one of our Animal Cruelty Investigators, and they may need to contact you if they have a follow-up question or need clarification on the location. They will never share your information with the person they are investigating. Your identity will remain strictly confidential and will only be shared with local law enforcement and judicial agencies when necessary for any questions or follow-up.
How long before someone comes out to investigate?
A dedicated animal cruelty investigator will respond as quickly as possible once a cruelty report has been filed, based on the circumstances and current condition of the animal(s).
Will you update me on the status of the investigation?
The assigned animal cruelty investigator will reach out to you if they have questions or need additional information. We cannot provide any information or updates during an active investigation to protect the integrity of the case.