Please Help Find Who's Killing, Mutilating Dogs in Crosby

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Courtesy Rhonda Heffernan
And this guy was one of the lucky ones...
There has been a rash of gut-wrenching animal cruelty stories in Houston lately, and we're sad to add yet one more, this time dealing with a dumping ground of mutilated dogs in Crosby.

Rhonda Heffernan, who's been involved in the rescue community for several years, launched a website to spread awareness and (hopefully) help bring the culprit(s) to justice. She told Hair Balls that she's sought help from both the Houston Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, which she said brushed her off entirely, and the Humane Society of Houston, who allegedly explained that they could not offer a reward without an official investigation. (She said the same was true for Crime Stoppers.)

Fortunately, Heffernan says she's gotten tremendous support from the family who owns the land along U.S. Highway 90 near the County Road exit where the animals have been found. Along the Frontage Road exit right nearby, Heffernan and others have found 27 living dogs, many of whom were shot both with bullets and BB pellets.

The ones who weren't as lucky were butchered; we're talking severed legs and a stick through the throat, for starters. Some of the dogs were found in a feedsack from a store called G&A Feed, which is approximately 30 miles from Crosby. (The sack was for "twin chop feed," according to Heffernan.)

Heffernan said she spoke with an HSPCA investigator, and while the organization did attach a report number to her complaint, she said the investigator was "very dismissive."

Now, here's where Hair Balls/Houston Press runs into a bit of a problem, as the HSPCA is not exactly on speaking terms with us. As an entity dependent on donations, HSPCA does not want any part of media reports of the non-fellatio type. It's understandable, but frustrating. The HSPCA routinely stonewalls any Press questions that aren't absolute softballs. And ever since we reported on the simple fact that one Houston Humane Society employee sued her supervisor a few years ago, we've been told that all of our questions for the HHS have to go through its lawyer. That includes stories about raising awareness of animal cruelty, adoption drives, you name it. And guess what? The lawyer never calls us back.

So what we have here is a small group of folks in Crosby who are trying to catch, or at least curtail the activities of, a very demented person or persons, and they ain't getting much help from local law enforcement or nonprofits that purport to help animals. So that's why Hair Balls is reaching out to y'all. Please check out the Web site and/or the Facebook page, and see what you can do to raise awareness. (Be warned, though: Some of the photos are truly disturbing.)

By the way, the Web site lists some of the supporters, including Pupsquad, Best Friends Animal Society and the Austin Humane Society, among others. Those folks deserve a huge hand.


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Duckiesmaid
Duckiesmaid

I've been upset every since I foster parent a dachshund rescued from a Texas Puppy Mill. That poor dog was so emotionally disturbed that it was decided it's best for her to be euthanized. She was horrified of everything. I cried for a week. Texas laws do not protect animals. I've started petitions and were not able to get enough signatures over the Internet. I'm mostly homebound bur someone needs to care that has power to put laws into place. This a trade market hear in Houston where they were bringing dyed puppies from Dallas selling them. They were suffering from liver damage. Nothing was done to these people.

Cj2020
Cj2020

Sadly Houston SPCA will not do anything unless a film crew is present.....you can engage Brad Woodard at Channel 11 news he is an animal advocate and will assist in getting the proper authorities involved.....

Jamie
Jamie

This is truly a sad situation but that little guys picture you see at the top.........He ia absolutely amazing and such a love bug that it is hard to tell now what that little guy went through......at first he was vwery shy, skinny, and not very trusting but NOW he is awesome!! That's my Rhett!

tearcollector
tearcollector

The HSPCA/HHS truly are all about cash and publicity. They immediately euthanize Pit Bulls or any dog that's a bully breed. Hell, they euthanize healthy dogs which I did see when I almost volunteered. Same thing if an animal requires veterinary care apart from vaccines.I did plenty of rescuing and both places aren't too helpful when it comes to working with rescue organizations. I will not donate to either place, but instead donate to the local rescues.

I hope the heartless person(s) who committed these atrocious acts are turned in. I wish the punishment fit the crime. Until the cruelty laws are made stiffer, the punishment is a joke.I will pass the information around and see what can be done to help these poor dogs.

Thank you for bringing attention to this matter.It's nice to know someone cares.

hollykate
hollykate

Craig, thank you, once again, for bringing attention to animal-related matters!

UnAmerican
UnAmerican

Typical shitbag americans!  If they aren't doing this crap to dogs, they're doing it babies, women, and children in Afghanistan or Iraq.  Sick m'fr's.

CAC
CAC

What's their website? It's not listed. 

Animal advocate
Animal advocate

Of course, HSPCA and HHS didn't help.  The only time they "help" is during raids because they know that they can convince a judge to give them a lot of money for the animals' care later on...., then they usually turn around and kill all the animals.  HSPCA was paid a several hundred thousand dollars after they confiscated some dogs in north Texas.  When they decided that they had kept the dogs long enough, the director said that they had to be off of the premises or they would be killed the next day!  What kind of "rescue" is that? 

They do this all the time with their so-called "rescue" or raids, especially if it has to do with fighting dogs.  Neither of these agencies adopt out Pit Bulls, so when they confiscate animal victims in these dog fighting rings, the dogs are all killed.   Yet, the HSPCA or HHS get a big paycheck for their "care".  

But helping these people find dog torturers doesn't pay, so they have no interest. Both of these organizations are just scam artists.

What about city or county law enforcement in that area?  Torturing animals is a crime.  Why isn't law enforcement involved?

Deana Rouse
Deana Rouse

What's sad about this is this person will just move someplace else once "awareness" is raised. I am a volunteer for an area breed-specific rescue in Houston.  I will see what I can do to help personally. Depending on the time frame between dumpings, a steak-out could have been made and local law enforcment could follow. Someone treating animals like this is just as dangerous to humans. Perhaps the Texas Rangers should be involved if local law enforcement in the county is not going to offer to be of service when the perp is seen dumping.  SO can't be sitting at that location 24/7, but volunteers can. I'd say please, do not try to stop this person without assistance (aka protection). People like this are the lowest of the low and probably have done the same to humans or will be doing it soon.

Gabriel Martins
Gabriel Martins

You must come from the only country in the world that is free of bad people. Please tell me what country, I'd like to move there. Take your hate elsewhere - this could happen anywhere.

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