Animal cruelty comes in many forms – from failing to provide basic needs such as food, water or shelter to physically abusing pets, withholding needed medical care or allowing pets to fight. Pet owners have a legal responsibility to learn about responsible ownership to ensure they meet the needs of their pets and provide proper care.
Animal cruelty is a crime punishable by fines and jailtime.
Reporting acts of animal cruelty helps the animal, but can also protect humans as research shows people who hurt animals often hurt people. If you see something, say something. If you are located outside of the counties listed below, call your local municipal animal shelter or law enforcement agency to report.
Crime Stoppers of Houston or 713-222-TIPS (8477). Note: you may report anonymously.
Harris County Animal Cruelty Taskforce or 832-927-PAWS.
Houston SPCA Animal Cruelty Investigations or 713-869-SPCA (7722). Please call for life-threatening emergencies.
Multi-County Crime Stoppers or 800-392-STOP (7867). Serving Montgomery, Liberty and San Jacinto Counties. Note: rewards of up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest in felony animal cruelty and dogfighting cases.