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If you believe an animal is being cruelly treated…


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The Houston SPCA has nine full-time, highly-trained animal cruelty investigators and responds to over 7,000 cases primarily in Harris, Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Liberty, Montgomery and Waller counties. If you believe an animal is being cruelly treated, please contact us and complete the Online Animal Cruelty Report or call 713-869-7722.

Accurate information is critical to our response. You can help us by providing the following information:

  • Nearest major intersection.
  • Suspect address, city, zip code and county.
  • Apartment complex name or subdivision name.
  • Major concern (lack of food, water, shelter, no medical attention, etc.).
  • Animal species, breed, color, number of animals on the property and their location.
  • Your contact information if we have any questions about the report.

What is animal cruelty? Penal Code Sec. 42.09.- 42.105.

To report animal cruelty, complete the Online Animal Cruelty Report or call 713-869-7722.

If the county or state you’re contacting us about is 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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Reporting Animal Cruelty Just Got Easier



Every day, the national nonprofit Animal Legal Defense Fund works to find justice in the legal system for animals who have been abused.  The Animal Legal Defense Fund’s brand new smartphone app — thanks to our partnership with LiveSafe — is designed to help you report abuse and neglect of animals in your community.  Your crime tip will immediately alert local law enforcement when animals are in need of help.

In 2013, an orange tabby cat was captured by a Brooklyn man who used liquid accelerant to set the cat on fire. The cat, Michael, was discovered and brought to the North Shore Animal League.  Despite heroic efforts by veterinary staff, Michael had to be euthanized to relieve intense suffering from deep tissue burn injuries — the fire had torn through Michael’s fur and skin and melted his claws.

To aid the investigation, we offered a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the perpetrator.  Four brave young witnesses came forward and identified Denzell Oglesby in a photo array.  In March of 2014, Oglesby pled guilty to aggravated animal abuse and will serve one year in jail on that charge.  He is also prohibited by court order from owning, living with, or having any control or custody over an animal for five years.  This terrible story is a perfect example of why we need this LiveSafe app, and the kinds of situations where the power of technology can help us in the fight for justice for animals.  Animal cruelty is far too common and reporting a crime and collecting evidence is the first step toward putting abusers behind bars, where they belong.

That’s why we launched the first-ever animal abuse reporting app during our National Justice for Animals Week in the spring of 2013.  Now, we’re partnering with LiveSafe to bring you even more easy-to-use features.  With ALDF’s LiveSafe app you can help secure the legal justice animals deserve.

When you submit a tip about animal abuse, a GPS embedded text, photo, video, or audio report is sent to a LiveSafe call center.  LiveSafe will forward your tip to the appropriate authorities in your area.  From your Android or iOS device, open Google Play or the Apple App Store.  Search for “LiveSafe.”  Open the app and fill out your profile information.  Select “Animal Legal Defense Fund” as your agency.

LiveSafe has already been adopted by colleges, universities, and event venues across the nation, and now community animal shelters are getting on board too.  Groups like the Houston Humane Society, Vermont Humane Federation, Dutchess County SPCA, and Delaware SPCA are encouraging their communities to report animal cruelty using LiveSafe.  If your animal abuse enforcement organization is interested in partnering with us to bring this resource to your area, please contact us at info@aldf.org.

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Cruelty in Dallas

A Chihuahua puppy died after being thrown from car


Another incident linking domestic abuse to animal cruelty.

According to Thursday’s CBS DFW News, a six-week-old puppy died instantly after being hurled from a fast-moving vehicle on Interstate 20 in Parker County, Texas.

The Parker County Sheriff’s Office issued a press release which announced the Tuesday arrest of the man believed to be responsible for the act of animal cruelty. The suspect, Marquael Odoric Greer, 32, of Lancaster, was identified by his girlfriend, 33-year-old Shaquitha Pratt.

According to Pratt, last Friday she and Greer were in the midst of a heated argument while traveling at a high rate of speed on Interstate 20.  Pratt told the authorities that Greer grabbed the tiny Chihuahua puppy from her lap and hurled him out the window of the moving car, causing the pup’s death.  Pratt also told the authorities that she was physically assaulted by the man.

Responding deputies found the puppy’s body alongside the interstate and determined that he likely died instantly.  On Tuesday, Greer was located in Dallas and arrested on a charge of felony cruelty to non-livestock animals – he was taken to jail.

Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler said the puppy’s death is the latest incident proving that:

“Parker County does not have an animal problem. We have a people problem.”

Sheriff: Man Threw Puppy From Speeding Vehicle

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Domestic abuse leads to animal abuse.
Intentional abuse in any form should be taken seriously.
Knowing that there is a Link, agencies involved in preventing family violence need to work together for a more effective,
species-spanning response.
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Fourteen year old girl beats puppy with shovel, sets on fire

Recent disturbing local news reminded us that animal cruelty is in our own backyard.  Literally. Maria Alarcon-Suarez’s 14-year old daughter beat their black lab puppy, Phoenix, on the head with a shovel, then set him on fire.  While neighbors watched.  Then, Maria Alarcon-Suarez watched as the dog rolled around crying, whimpering and terrified until the fire was out.  But I’m not done.  Maria Alarcon-Suarez then waited a day before seeking medical attention for this dog whose third-degree burn injuries were sustained over 40% of his body.  Once at the vet, Maria Alarcon-Suarez lied, stating the dog was a stray.

1.  You have a daughter who beats a dog on the head.

2.  You have a daughter who sets fire to helpless dog.

3.  You wait a day before taking this sweet, suffering dog to the vet.

4.  You LIE to the vet.

5.  You have serious issues.

For people who know me you know how difficult its been not to swear in this column.  Very.

People, I have news for you:  Jeffrey Dahmer started out torturing animals.  Ted Bundy started out torturing animals.  Charles Manson started out torturing animals.  Maria Alarcon-Suarez has a future serial killer on her hands.  And what was done to her 14-year old inhumane, disgusting excuse for a human-being daughter?  Nothing.  Nothing.

I work with an organization called Chain of Hope.  We see a lot of animal cruelty.  A lot.  And I can tell you we’ve been to this neighborhood and people in ‘this neighborhood’ don’t care about animals, they don’t even care about humans.  Obviously, the neighbors watched while this girl beat and set fire to the ‘family dog.’  Notice I say ‘family dog’ because in these neighborhoods the dogs are kept on chains and rarely given a second thought.  Too bad for Phoenix on this particular day she was given a second thought by a mentally unstable, cruel and malicious 14-year old girl.

I pray every day that God takes away the pain from animals when they’re being tortured.  Yet, having looked into the eyes of hundreds of dogs who have been abused, I know this isn’t the case.  I know they feel every ounce of pain being intentionally inflicted on them.  I know the pain, fear and confusion they feel when looking into the eyes of their ‘owner’ for whom they’d do anything, as they are being beaten.

It sickens me.  I can’t believe in 2011 we allow animal abuse, animal cruelty and animal neglect to take place at the rate and magnitude it does and yet, nothing happens to the awful people to inflict it.

The media has covered this relentlessly which is a sign that animal cruelty is not and will not be tolerated.

Maria Alarcon-Suarez, I hope you take responsibility for having allowed this to happen and not doing anything about it.  I can only imagine what you’ve done to your daughter, or allowed to be done, for her to even consider this horrible act of violence upon an innocent being.

A side note: whenever there is an animal cruelty case in the media, public outcry is amazing: donations to the vet/shelter treating the animal, foster homes, adoption applications, etc.  Please, people, remember that certain vets and shelters always need financial donations as well as supplies and there is always always always a need for foster homes and adoptive families.  The list of animals awaiting homes in Kansas City alone is more than 100,000, please don’t wait until there is a popular news story.  Adopt an animal today.  And if you’re in a financial situation that allows you to, make a donation to a shelter or rescue group.

, Kansas City Animal Advocacy Examiner


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