POLICE Department

Help Us, Help You Protect Houston's Animals


September 2, 2015
- Did you know the Houston Police Department has a squad dedicated to investigating cases in which animals are abused, neglected, abandoned or stolen?

HPD’s Animal Cruelty Squad works closely with BARC, the City of Houston’s animal shelter and adoption center, to investigate cases in which animals do not receive proper care.  Officers also investigate when livestock such as cows or horses are stolen.
Citizens can help by calling 3-1-1 or HPD’s non-emergency dispatch number at 713-884-3131.  A call to 9-1-1 should only be made in life threatening situations.

Senior Police Officer D. Farrell investigates animal cruelty.  To assist him and his fellow investigators, he asks witnesses provide as much specific information as possible about the animal.

“It can be color, sex, breed, markings, tattoos, whether it has any chips.  Let the officer know.” Officer Farrell said.
Video of a short interview with Officer Farrell can be found on the HPD YouTube channel at:  http://youtu.be/64elLfkBP6I

For more information on BARC, visit the department’s website at www.houstonbarc.com

HPD's "Help Us, Help You" campaign is aimed at sharing information and educating citizens on crime prevention and everyday tips related to public safety in our city.  


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For additional information, please contact the HPD Public Affairs Division at 713-308-3200.