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- tortures an animal or in a cruel manner, kills or causes serious bodily injury to an animal;
- without the owner’s effective consent, kills, administers poison to, or causes serious bodily injury to an animal;
- fails unreasonably to provide necessary food, water, care or shelter for an animal in the person’s custody;
- abandons unreasonably an animal in the person’s custody;
- transports or confines an animal in a cruel manner;
- without the owner’s effective consent, causes bodily injury to an animal;
- causes one animal to fight with another animal, if either animal is not a dog;
- uses a live animal as a lure in dog race training or in dog coursing on a racetrack; or
- seriously overworks an animal.
A person commits an offense if the person intentionally or knowingly:
- causes a dog to fight with another dog;
- participates in the earnings of or operates a facility used for dog fighting;
- uses or permits another to use any real estate, building, room, tent, arena or other property for dog fighting;
- owns or possesses dog-fighting equipment with the intent that the equipment be used to train a dog for dog fighting or in furtherance of dog fighting;
- owns or trains a dog with the intent that the dog be used in an exhibition of dog fighting; or
- attends as a spectator an exhibition of dog fighting.
If you believe animal cruelty is taking place in the Houston metro area, please complete the Online Animal Cruelty Report or call 713-869-7722. Please do not report cruelty or injured animals by email or on social media. We primarily investigate cases of animal cruelty in the Houston metro area including Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Montgomery, Waller and San Jacinto counties.
If you’re reporting an incident in a state or county 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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