(HOUSTON) May 18, 2021 – Five unrelated violent acts against pets that were caught on camera in less than two months are now being investigated by local law enforcement including the Houston Police Department and Harris County Constable Precinct 1 as well as Houston SPCA. It’s important to note that all of the dogs seen in the videos have been rescued.
WARNING: THE VIDEOS ARE GRAPHIC AND DIFFICULT TO WATCH.
Today, HPD and the Houston SPCA rescued a small dog after his owner was seen on video brutally dragging and kicking his dog while swinging the dog around helplessly by the leash.
On April 30, HPD and Houston SPCA rescued two dogs after the owner was seen on security camera footage viciously beating his two pets scores of times including hitting, punching and kicking. See their rescue here.
- May 18 – a man is caught on camera brutally kicking and swinging his dog by the leash (HPD)
- April 30 – a man is caught on camera punching and kicking his dog outside apartment (HPD)
- April 21 – a man is caught on camera beating his dog outside the front door of his apartment (Pct. 1)
- April 16 – a woman caught on camera beating her dog on the balcony of her apartment (Pct. 1)
- March 22 – a man in Katy was caught on camera beating his dog. (Pct. 1)
“More people are recognizing the power of video when it comes to reporting crimes including this vicious type of animal cruelty,” said Adam Reynolds, Chief Cruelty Investigator at the Houston SPCA. “This type of severe abuse is rampant in Houston, and it’s critical now, more than ever, for the community to help be the eyes and ears for innocent animals because it saves lives,” added Reynolds.
The connection between family violence and animal abuse is well documented. “We know that about 60% of households experiencing domestic violence have children and pets in the home,” said Jo Sullivan, LMSW, a licensed social worker who also serves as Chief Community and Development Officer at the Houston SPCA. “This type of animal abuse can easily escalate to people and domestic violence in the home,” Sullivan added.
Animal cruelty should be reported online at HoustonSPCA.org or by calling 713-869-SPCA.