HOUSTON (February 15, 2021)— HPD Major Offenders and the Houston SPCA responded to the scene of a Southwest Houston Auto Body Shop where they discovered six dogs left outside in sub-freezing temperatures, including one who was covered partially in snow and deceased. Another dog was found emaciated and in an area where the temperature registered 18 degrees. Houston SPCA and HPD Major Offenders rescued the remaining five dogs where they will be seen immediately by the Houston SPCA veterinary team and placed into their care until a hearing can be scheduled at a later date. “You can’t leave an animal outside in extreme weather to fend for themselves and not have dire consequences like this,” said Adam Reynolds, chief animal cruelty investigator for the Houston SPCA. “We have zero-tolerance when it comes to cruelty,” added Reynolds. The Houston SPCA Animal Cruelty team works with the Houston Police Department’s Major Offenders Division as well as Harris County Constables Precinct 1 and nine other law enforcement agencies, including Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Grimes, Liberty, Montgomery, Waller, and San Jacinto counties. The Houston SPCA will continue to be vigilant in their animal welfare checks during this life-threatening freeze this week by posting notices and reminding pet owners of the devastating consequences if they do not care for their pet properly. If there is an animal in distress or animal cruelty is taking place, the public should call the Houston SPCA immediately at 713-869-SPCA (7722) or file a cruelty form here. We urge the community to not post photos of cruelty taking place on social media as it can potentially compromise the case by tipping off the suspect; rather, they should call 713-869-SPCA.
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