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September 14, 2015

Help Us, Help You Protect Houston's Animals

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 to provide as much specific information as possible about the animal's color, sex, breed, markings, tattoos, and whether it has any chips. 

Video of a short interview with Officer Farrell can be found on the HPD YouTube Channel at:

For more information on BARC, visit the department's website at

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