BE ADVISED TO THE FOLLOWING LAWS AND PENALTIES
OF THE STATE OF TEXAS

State of Texas Penal Code

SEC. 42.09.  CRUELTY TO ANIMALS

(A) A person commits an offense if he intentionally or knowingly:
       (1)  tortures or seriously overworks animals;
       (2)  fails unreasonably to provide necessary food, SHELTER or care;
       (3)  abandons unreasonably an animal in his custody;
       (4)  transports or confines an animal in a cruel manner;
       (5)  kills, injures, or administers poison to an animal belonging to
              another without legal authority or the owner's effective consent;
       (6)  cause one animal to fight another;
       (7)  uses a live animal as a lure in dog race training or in dog coursing;
       (8)  horse tripping

AN OFFENSE UNDER THIS SECTION IS A CLASS A MISDEMEANOR
SEC. 12.21 CLASS A MISDEMEANOR

(A) Any individual adjudged guilty of a Class A misdemeanor shall be punished by:
       (1)  a fine not to exceed  $4,000.00;
       (2)  confinement in jail for a term not to exceed one year;
       (3)  BOTH such fine and imprisonment.

Animal Cruelty Statute - Third Offense

An amendment to the Penal Code, provides a felony penalty for individuals convicted of animal abuse on a third offense.
As of September 1, 2001, people who are convicted of committing acts of  cruelty or torture to animals can receive harsher punishment via the new bill: HB 653.  Heinous crimes of cruelty towards animals can now be tried as a FELONY punishable by up to $10,000 in fines or 2 years in jail or BOTH.  Under this new law, minors (under the age of 18) can be forced to undergo psychological counseling.   

Studies have shown links between animal abuse and domestic violence. 
Furthermore, those who torture animals are at much higher risk
for committing violent and deadly crimes against humans later in life. 

REPORT CRUELTY TO ANIMALS !
IF you do NOT have a local animal rescue/cruelty group,
then you should call your local law enforcement agency.


TEXAS AREA

SPCA
- Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
Houston, Texas,  Harris County and surrounding counties
(713)-869-7722
Make certain to have details including exact location of the animal.
Additional contact: SPCA at  (713)-869-8227 or   (214)-651-9611, ext.120
or E-mail  inv@hspca.org
For More Information:  SPCAHouston/Cruelty
Take PHOTOS if you can! 

ALSO You may contact:
Houston Humane Society: 
HHS
Houston, Texas, Harris County and surrounding counties
To REPORT Cruelty PHONE  (713) 433-6421  ext. 396   or E-Mail
and leave the following information:
Name
Telephone numbers nature of complaint Street address where the abuse is occurring.
Take PHOTOS if you can! 
HHS-Cruelty Form

DALLAS Area  AND   Surrounding
Counties
including:  Dallas, Collin, Denton, Kaufman, and Rockwall

SPCAofTexas-(Dallas area)  - Rescue and Investigations:: 214-742-7722 
Also, (214)-651-9611 Ext. 121  OR (972)-562-7297 Ext. 128 Ask for Cruelty Investigations Department. 

NOTE: SPCA now has an ONLINE FORM to 'report' cruelty.
Instructions-DallasArea
Take PHOTOS if you can! 

El Paso Area....ElPasoArea
Take PHOTOS if you can! 


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