Stop the Violence Against Animals!
Cruelty to animals is a very serious matter that should not be taken lightly. Pets are innocent creatures, and cases involving cruelty to them are prosecuted to the full extent of the law. A conviction for animal cruelty can result in a prison sentence. Please help us prevent the problem by reporting any suspected acts of animal cruelty to the police department.
If you witness or believe an animal to be a victim of animal cruelty and/or neglect, please contact the Animal Control Office at 218-5500, or simply call 911 if the animal is in immediate danger
Ways to Prevent Animal Cruelty
Be aware. Without phone calls from the concerned citizens who report cruelty in their neighborhoods, we wouldn't know about most instances of animal abuse. It all starts with YOU—that's why it's so important to keep your eyes and ears open. Get to know and look out for the animals in your neighborhood. By being aware, you're more likely to notice -for example- that the dog next door who was once hefty has rapidly lost weight —a possible indicator of abuse.
Learn to recognize animal cruelty. Here are some signs and symptoms that you may see:
- Tick or flea infestations. Left untreated by a veterinarian, severe infestations can lead to an animal's death.
- Wounds on the body.
- Patches of missing hair.
- Extremely thin, starving animals.
- Someone striking or otherwise physically abusing an animal.
- Dogs who are repeatedly left alone without food and water, often chained up in a yard.
- Dogs who have been hit by cars-or are showing any signs of injury or neglect-and have not been taken to a veterinarian.
- Dogs who are kept outside without shelter of any kind.
- Animals who cower in fear or act aggressively when approached by their owners.
Know who to call to report animal cruelty. Contact the nearest police department or animal control office. Provide as much as information as possible when reporting animal cruelty. The details that you provide can go a long way toward assisting the investigating officer. It helps to write down the type of cruelty that you witnessed, who was involved, the date of the incident and where it took place.
Know your local animal cruelty laws. These vary from state to state, and even from city to city. You can visit the Texas Department Health Services for more information on state animal cruelty laws or view our city ordinance pertaining to animal cruelty.
Set a good example for others and kids. If you have pets, be sure to always show them the love and good care that they deserve. But it's more than just food, water, and adequate shelter. If you think your animal is sick, bring him to the veterinarian. Be responsible and have your animals spayed or neutered. Talk to your kids about how to treat animals with kindness and respect. Teach them to give their pet lots of hugs and love, especially when returning home after a day at school or work.