Last year, the highly-trained men and women of the Houston SPCA’s Cruelty Investigations Department opened more than 9,000 cases of animal abuse, neglect and cruelty and drove more than 177,000 miles protecting the innocent. The work of the Cruelty Investigations Team is featured globally on Animal Planet’s Animal Cops: Houston television show.
What Should You Do If You Think You Witness Animal Cruelty? Animal cruelty is a crime in Texas, and is defined as follows:
SEC. 42.092. CRUELTY TO NON-LIVESTOCK ANIMALS A person commits an offense if he intentionally or knowingly or recklessly:
- Tortures or seriously overworks an animal
- Fails unreasonably to provide necessary food, water, care or shelter for an animal in his custody
- Abandons unreasonably an animal in his custody
- Transports or confines an animal in a cruel manner
- Kills, injures, or administers poison to an animal, belonging to another without legal authority or the owner's effective consent
- Causes one animal to fight with another
- Uses a live animal as a lure in dog race training or in dog coursing
If you are witness to any form of animal cruelty, we encourage you to contact the Houston SPCA and file a report. Click here to file an online Animal Cruelty Report with the Houston SPCA. You can also file a report over the phone by calling 713-869-SPCA (7722).
24 Hour Stray Injured Animal Ambulance
The Houston SPCA is the only agency providing an injured stray animal ambulance and rescue service 24-hours a day, every day of the year.
Call 713-869-SPCA (7722) seven days a week between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. After hours and holidays, please call 713-880-HELP (4357).