Humane Society of the United States

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2014

    HSPCA and Prosecutors Won't Say How Rescued Dog Died

    The Houston SPCA and Galveston County District Attorney's are not revealing the fate of a dog whose former foster believes overheated and died during a highly publicized seizure in Santa Fe last month. Susan Culver says the dog's death was disclosed at a September court hearing to decide what to do ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2014

    Undercover Investigation Reveals Alleged Mistreatment at Monkey Lab

    An undercover investigation of a major primate research lab in San Antonio revealed a pattern of mistreatment of its monkeys, including death, injury, overcrowding, and lack of medical care, according to the Humane Society of the United States. The organization claims that a five-week investigation ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2014

    UPDATED Officials: Spindletop Owner Tortured, Drowned Injured Dog

    See the end of this post for more from the chief animal control investigator's affidavit. Former Spindletop dog refuge owner Leah Purcell poured water down a pit bull's nose while its mouth was held shut, "intentionally, knowingly or recklessly" torturing it to death in December 2011, according to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2014

    Leah Purcell Charged in Spindletop Dog Refuge Case

    Former Spindletop Dog Refuge owner Leah Purcell has been charged with four misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty. Filed July 15, the charges stem from the shuttered dog refuge where, in 2012, local authorities and Humane Society of the United States personnel seized nearly 300 dogs who they say were ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2014

    Leah Purcell: Former Spindletop Owner Arrested for Illegal Dumping

    Former Spindletop Dog Refuge owner Leah Purcell was arrested July 5 in connection with an illegal dumping charge. The Texas Department of Public Safety was the arresting agency, but we have no further information regarding the arrest. We're waiting to hear from the Montgomery County District Attotn ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2014

    Brad Woodard: Beloved Houston Newsman Found Dead

    Reporter Brad Woodard, an award-winning former reporter for KHOU, was found dead Wednesday. We have no word yet on the cause of death. He would have turned 52 at the end of the month. Woodard was admired and respected by his peers, and racked up 26 Emmys during his time at KHOU and outlets in Minne ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2014

    Time Running Out for Charges in Spindletop Dog Refuge Case

    If Montgomery County authorities wish to file animal cruelty charges against Spindletop dog refuge owner Leah Purcell, they only have three weeks left: July 17 marks the expiration of the two year statute of limitations. That will be the anniversary of the day sheriff's deputies and personnel from ... More >>

  • News

    April 17, 2014

    The Horse "Soring" Torture Show

    The cruel world the Prevent All Soring Tactics Act is trying to shut down.

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2014

    Feel Like Cracking Down on A-Holes Who Torture Show Horses?

    The Texas chapter of the Humane Society of the United States is joining in the push to pass federal legislation that would help enforce the ban against "soring" -- hurting show horses to exaggerate a high-stepping gait. The barbaric practice, which we'll describe in a moment, was barred by legisla ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2014

    Donkey Basketball: Animal Abuse, or Harmless Fun for Jackasses?

    The Humane Society of the United States is calling foul on a Montgomery County official's donkey basketball fundraiser February 11. For the non-rednecks out there, donkey basketball is just what it sounds like: people playing basketball while riding donkeys. Hilarious, right? Charlie Riley, the pr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2014

    248 Dogs Face Uncertain Future, And Their Rescue Organization Won't Tell us Why

    Until last December, Hewitt-based Happy Endings Dog Rescue paid hundreds of thousands of dollars a year to board dogs at the Lavon-based Camp Diggy Bones kennel. But word went out among the animal rescue community that Happy Endings, run by a woman named Linda Robinson-Pardo, suddenly lost a major ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 23, 2014

    Animal Welfare Group Plans to Protest Great Bull(shit) Run

    On January 25, idiots will descend upon Baytown's Royal Purple Raceway to run with a bunch of bulls for some reason -- we're not really sure why, exactly -- and the University of Houston Law Center's Student Animal Legal Defense Fund plans to be there protesting. Although the Great Bull Run, LLC's ... More >>

  • News

    December 12, 2013

    The Great Bull(shit) Run!

    Get your Hemingway moment on in Baytown.

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2013

    It's Almost Here -- The Great Bull(shit) Run of Baytown!

    Are you a thrill-seeker of the highest order, or at least of a middling level? Do you crave well-orchestrated pseudo-danger of the sort that allows you to sport a commemorative t-shirt and boast to your buds at the douche factory the following day? Well then, we suggest you go run with a bunch of bu ... More >>

  • News

    September 12, 2013

    The Cruelest Cut: How Cat Declawing Became the Next Battleground for Animal Rights

    Critics say the common cat surgery is painful and can lead to other problems.

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2013

    Houston Man Charged in 4-State Dogfighting Bust

    A Houston man arrested in a four-state, multi-agency investigation into dogfighting ring resulting in the seizure of 367 pitbulls won nearly $35,000 after one fight, according to a recently unsealed indictment. Demontt "Wheelchair" Allen, 37, and 11 others have been charged in an Alabama federal c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2013

    New York Bans Sale of Shark Fins, But They're Still on the Menu in Houston

    On Friday, July 26, the state of New York became the eighth U.S. state to ban the sale of shark fins in an effort to protect the world's sharks. Last May, a bill to ban shark fin trade in Texas died in the senate, but due to increasing awareness about the cruelty of shark finning as well as the expe ... More >>

  • News

    May 23, 2013

    The "Ag-Gag" War: Big Ag Declares War on Whistleblowers

    Behind the scenes of the death match between Big Ag and undercover animal-rights activists.

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2013

    Sen. Larry Taylor's Shark Fin Flip-Flop

    Hair Balls is scratching our head over Republican Senator Larry Taylor's recent flip-flop on a bill that would effectively ban the already federally prohibited practice of "shark finning" in Texas waters -- i.e., catching a shark, cutting off its fin for use in a very expensive soup and then tossing ... More >>

  • News

    May 16, 2013

    Open Season: Do Laws Against Animal Crushing Videos Violate Free Speech?

    Ashley Nicole Richards, who filmed herself torturing and killing kittens, puppies, cats and dogs, was the first person brought up on revised federal crush-video charges -- which backfired magnificently.

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2012

    Galveston Cop Wins Humane Society Award for Busting Big Cockfighting Ring

    Galveston Police Sgt. Joel Caldwell has won an award from the Humane Society of the United States for his role in organizing a December raid of a facility that had 350 roosters raised for cockfighting. Caldwell was the first officer in Texas to make an arrest under a 2011 law banning the raising o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 30, 2012

    Dogs Seized From Spindletop Need a Loving Home, So What's Your Deal?

    A dozen dogs seized from the Spindletop Dog Refuge last month are still at the Montgomery County Animal Shelter and in need of forever homes. So what the heck are you waiting for? They all vary in breed, age, and temperament, but they're all the same in one crucial way: they've all languished in th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2012

    Spindletop Lawyer Issues Statement That Would Make Oscar Mayer Proud

    Zandra Anderson, attorney for the woman whose dog refuge was raided and shut down after nearly 300 dogs were found to be neglected, has issued a statement defending her client (and friend) and accusing the Houston Press and others of error-plagued reporting. Published on the No Kill Houston Facebo ... More >>

  • News

    August 16, 2012

    No Sanctuary at Spindletop

    People dropping dogs off at the refuge trusted they were sending them to the best place possible. Not exactly.

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2012

    Spindletop Dog Refuge For Pit Bulls: What Went So Horribly Wrong?

    For at least twenty years, Spindletop Dog Refuge was known as one of the few places in the country where rescued pit bulls had a second chance for a happy life. But somewhere along the way, Spindletop's owner, Leah Purcell, lost control and the refuge appears to have turned into a place where dogs w ... More >>

  • News

    July 26, 2012
  • Blogs

    July 20, 2012

    Spindletop, County Reach Last-Minute Agreement

    Spindletop Refuge owner Leah Purcell agreed to relinquish 287 dogs seized from her Willis ranch, but she still may face criminal charges under a last-minute agreement reached today. Those who had placed dogs at Spindletop might be able to pick them up as early as this weekend, provided they have pr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2012

    Dog Rescuers Shocked and Worried after Spindletop Dog Refuge Raid

    Dog rescuers throughout the country are worrying today over the fates of dogs they placed at the Spindletop Refuge in Willis, where authorities say hundreds of dogs were found living in their own waste in cramped, stacked crates, near a mass grave with an unknown number of bodies. The 298 dogs sei ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2011

    Pop Rocks: Why the Long Face? Eight Famous Horses We'd Like to Eat

    Were you thinking horse meat was going to stay off the menu in American restaurants indefinitely? Neigh: Horses could soon be butchered in the U.S. for human consumption after Congress quietly lifted a five-year-old ban on funding horse meat inspections, and activists say slaughterhouses could be u ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2011

    Pop Rocks: The "Mane" Course -- Eight Famous Horses We'd Like To Eat

    Were you thinking horse meat was going to stay off the menu in American restaurants indefinitely? Neigh: Horses could soon be butchered in the U.S. for human consumption after Congress quietly lifted a 5-year-old ban on funding horse meat inspections, and activists say slaughterhouses could be up a ... More >>

  • News

    April 15, 2010

    Down on the Farm

    The Humane Society and big agriculture slug it out over animal rights.

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2009

    The Foie Gras Problem

    Photo by J.C. ReidI love foie gras. Is that bad? Foie gras is the fattened liver of a goose or duck. The fattening is brought about through the technique of gavage, or force-feeding the animal, in this case with corn. The resulting food product is a true delicacy which has a rich, meaty/salty flavo ... More >>

  • News

    January 29, 2009

    BARC Sucks

    The city's animal shelter just can't get its act together

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2008
  • News

    September 6, 2007

    Greyhound Racing

    Tracks and breeders struggle as attendance declines

  • News

    January 18, 2007

    Master Cockfighter

    After more than 70 years, Mike Ratliff prepares to retire from his blood sport

  • News

    April 13, 2006

    Horse Flesh

    Texas struggles with what to do with its overabundance of Equus caballus, while Europeans wait with open mouths

  • News

    September 15, 2005
  • News

    April 1, 2004

    Cry of the Wolves

    These rescued animals needed protection -- from their own sanctuary

  • News

    November 7, 2002

    In the Doghouse

    An animal typically has three days before he leaves the city pound, dead or alive. What happens during that time continues to cause concern.

  • News

    April 20, 2000

    Cloning for Cash

    A&M's pet project spawns a company to mix DNA with possible IPOs

  • News

    February 12, 1998

    Oprah Does Amarillo

    It's the Queen of Talk versus the Meat Men, and outside the courtroom, master media manipulator Winfrey is already the clear winner.