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.
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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.