Harris County Animal Cruelty Taskforce
In April 2017, Crime Stoppers of Houston, working with Harris County Precinct 5 Constable Ted Heap, formed a city-wide Anti-Animal Cruelty Partner Council to bring key partners and agencies together to collaborate on finding solutions to improve the way crimes against animals are reported and responded to in Harris County and the City of Houston.
With over 50 law enforcement agencies in Harris County, citizens often do not know where this type of abuse can be reported. The council's goal was to make it easy for citizens to report animal cruelty and neglect to the correct agency, thereby helping animals in need as quickly as possible. This also would free up resources that were incorrectly getting the calls.
Following Hurricane Harvey, the Harris County Animal Cruelty Taskforce was formed with the primary goal of streamlining the process of where and how animal cruelty can be reported in the Greater Houston Area. The taskforce created 832-927-PAWS in order to further structure this reporting process, speed up response times and minimize duplication of efforts across the county.
Partner agencies of the Taskforce include:
- Harris County Constable Precinct 5
- Harris County District Attorney’s Office
- Harris County Sheriff’s Office
- Houston Police Department
- City of Houston Animal Control
- Crime Stoppers of Houston
- Harris County Public Health Veterinary Public Health
- Houston Humane Society
- Houston PetSet
- Animal ER of Northwest Houston
- DrumBEAT Marketing
Additionally, the Taskforce secured a partnership with drumBEAT Marketing and their website, www.Best4Pets.org. drumBEAT Marketing is donating the time and services to create the one-stop website for citizens in Harris County and the Greater Houston Metropolitan area to report animal cruelty and get information on all issues pertaining to animal welfare.
Harris County Sheriff's Office has also added an additional Deputy to animal cruelty investigations.
Through education, awareness and continued collaboration, the Harris County Animal Cruelty Taskforce hopes to make a larger impact in the lives of abused and neglected animals.