Crime Stoppers of Houston and community partners are continuing their efforts to address animal cruelty through its Safe Community Program Anti-Animal Cruelty Initiative which educates the public on what animal cruelty is, the signs of abuse, how to properly care for your animal, and how to report it. In addition to raising awareness, Crime Stoppers works with law enforcement partners to stop those who abuse animals by highlighting fugitives wanted for crimes against animals.
Animal cruelty is a crime and includes a range of things harmful to animals. Intentional cruelty can range from failing to adequately provide an animal with food, water, shelter, socialization or veterinary care to torturing, maiming, mutilating or killing an animal. This type of cruelty is happening in Houston and across the State, and animal neglect specifically is often one of the first indicators of distress in a household.
Back in February, Crime Stoppers of Houston held a virtual animal cruelty prevention panel discussion with Houston PetSet and Texas Humane Legislation Network (THLN) to talk about animal safety and cruelty, the effects of the 2021 winter storm and proposed legislation (HB 873 “Safe Outdoor Dogs”) for the current session. Experts shared critical information including the gaps in the current animal protection laws, how community members can get involved to be a voice for animals and educational resources available for all ages.
Crime Stoppers of Houston is encouraging all Texans to get involved in the prevention of animal cruelty:
- Educate yourself. Download free animal cruelty prevention tips available at crime-stoppers.org. Tips are available in English and Spanish.
- Help educate our youth about animal safety. Download and share Crime Stoppers’ Animal Safety Video Series.
- Locate resources to help your pets or other companion animals in the community, learn about the area’s many animal welfare nonprofits, and discover how you can get involved in supporting their efforts to help animals in need through Give Our Pets a Hand at gopah.org. Give Our Pets A Hand (GOPAH) is an aggregate site where Greater Houston pet owners and animal lovers can find information to help pets live healthier and happier lives.
- On December 18, 2020, Texas Humane Legislation Network (THLN) Chair Nicole Collier filed HB 873 to ensure dogs are properly restrained outdoors and prevent them from becoming a public safety hazard for unsuspecting people. Sign up for Action Alerts and keep on top of animal legislation through THLN at www.thln.org.
- Report Suspected Animal Cruelty: If you believe you have witnessed an instance of animal cruelty including neglect, dumping, abuse, hoarding, torture or dog fighting, please report the crime.
- Where to report:
- If you would like to remain anonymous in your reporting, you can always call the Crime Stoppers Tip Line at 713-222-TIPS (8477).
- Harris County Animal Cruelty Taskforce: 832-927-PAWS or 927paws.org
- Houston SPCA: 713-869-7722
- Houston Police Department: 713-884-3131