(HOUSTON) May 4, 2020 – CAUGHT ON VIDEO: Two separate and unrelated cases of animal cruelty are caught on video, including a puppy who was choked and thrown out of an apartment, while the other incident involves a dog who was hit repeatedly with a knife.
In the Greenspoint area, a Labrador mix puppy is strangled by his owner on the back porch before he takes the puppy inside, and you hear the puppy cry desperately for help. Shortly after that, the puppy is thrown out the front door, rolls onto the concrete, and tries to get away. On April 24, a warrant was served by Harris County Constable Precinct 1 and rescued by the Houston SPCA, where he is now safely in their care until a hearing.
On May 4, a dog and puppy were rescued by Houston Police Department and the Houston SPCA in Southeast Houston, after video shows the owner using a knife to repeatedly hit the dog in the face while the dog sits helpless, tied with shoestrings. Both the dog and puppy are receiving individualized treatment by a Houston SPCA veterinarian, including fleas and skin issues. They will remain in the rescue’s care until a hearing is scheduled.
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 interim VP of Development at the Houston SPCA. “And we also know that stress, isolation, and uncertainty that can stem from COVID-19 can dramatically increase the incidence of family violence. The most important thing anyone witnessing or experiencing domestic violence can do is safely report to local authorities or the National Domestic Abuse Hotline (1-800-799-7233),” said Sullivan. Report animal cruelty by calling (713) 869-7722 or file a report online.
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