Submitted by Sherry Ferguson, Ex. Director of Houston Humane Society,
Dear Animal Advocate,
It is a sad day for animals in Harris County and around Texas and is the result of Mike Anderson, Houston’s new District Attorney, dissolving the Animal Cruelty Section in the Harris County DA’s office.
Harris County set the example by establishing the first animal cruelty division in the state. Dallas and Austin have shown interest in following that example by calling on Belinda Smith, ADA in charge of the division, for information. Belinda Smith has a proven record of dedication fighting animal cruelty and abuse and exhausting all legal avenues to find ways to punish abusers and get justice for the abused. These are traits that are rare and critical. HHS has had a lot of experience working with different jurisdictions and even if animal cruelty is against the law the interpretations of abuse are widely diverse. If a DA, judge, police or anyone in charge of the situation is not sympathetic to the plight of the animal(s) the issue is easily (there are many excuses) discounted and nothing is done.
Unless WE SPEAK UP the animal abusers will not be taken seriously and animal abuse, which we all know leads to violence against humans, will increase. Everyone needs to write District Attorney Mike Anderson, 1201 Franklin Street, Suite 600, Houston, Texas 77002-1923 (713.755.5800) and let him know that animal cruelty is an issue that is very important to the people of Harris County, and we need to continue and expand the standard that has been set. Belinda Smith’s experience, talents and dedication need to be used to the best advantage of the county and not relegated elsewhere.
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Houston Humane Societyexperience, talents and dedication to the best advantage of the county and not relegated elsewhere.
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