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8 Neglected Dogs Rescued in Katy, Animal Cruelty Taskforce Urges Residents to Stay Vigilant


April 26, 2021

By Natalie Cook Clark

Six puppies and two adult dogs were removed from a Katy home near Legacy Stadium thanks to the work of deputies from Constable Ted Heap’s Animal Cruelty Unit. Authorities urge residents to turn to shelters rather than abusing or neglecting animals, which is against the law.

Photos courtesy: Harris County Animal Cruelty Task Force.

Puppies, Adults Dogs Saved from Katy Residence

Last week, deputies from Constable Ted Heap’s Harris County Precinct 5 Animal Cruelty Unit removed six puppies and two adult dogs from a Katy home. The pets were reportedly being kept in filthy and inhumane conditions. The home, in the 2400 block of Katy Hockley Cut Off Road, is not far from Legacy Stadium.

The resident was cited for cruel confinement, inadequate food, water, shelter, and medical care. According to authorities, she surrendered the animals after speaking with Animal Cruelty deputies.

The dogs were turned over to the Houston Humane Society, where they are receiving medical treatment and care.

Constable Heap Advises Overwhelmed Residents to Seek Help

Constable Heap advises residents who feel overwhelmed by the number of pets they have and who are unable to properly care for them, to call the Houston Humane Society at (713) 433-6421.

Katy also has many shelters and rescue agencies.

Puppies rescued from caged and inhuman conditions.

Giving Citizens a Clear Path to Report Animal Cruelty Crimes

"The Harris County Animal Cruelty Taskforce has been a great success since it was launched a little more than three years ago,” says Harris Constable Ted Heap. “The public's response has been tremendous since day one.”

Harris County's Animal Cruelty Task Force continues to work with citizens and organizations, with a more streamlined process, to help save local animals, and to help residents know who to call.

"Our citizens didn't know who to call when they witnessed animal cruelty," says Constable Ted Heap. "The objective was to streamline the reporting process for our citizens when they see animal cruelty, neglect, and abandonment."

In April 2017, Constable Heap and Houston Crime Stoppers teamed up to launch the Harris County Animal Cruelty Task Force. The task force is designed to provide a proactive and comprehensive approach to investigating human cruelty against animals. The biggest issue is educating the public about who to call when they witness such crimes. Harris County has over 50 law enforcement agencies, which makes reporting these crimes very confusing.

Katy Dog Family Update

"The Katy dogs picked up last week were a family," says Angelina Saucedo with Houston Humane Society. "The mom, dad, and puppies are all doing well and do not have any medical issues."

They do need a foster family.

The Houston Humane Society will provide for the foster families, they just need a loving home for the mom and puppies. According the the Society, the puppies need about 4 more weeks with their mom before adoption.

The dad is less social than the mom and is going through training. He will be ready for adoption soon. If interested in fostering and supporting this family, please reach out to the Houston Humane Society at (713) 433-6421

How to Report

There are two ways to make a report if animal abuse is suspected.

  1. The fastest way is to visit and complete an online intake form which immediately goes to law enforcement.

  2. Call 832-927-PAWS, where an operator will take the report.

Click here to see Katy Magazine’s guide to veterinarian care.

“Precinct 5 and our other taskforce partners have helped hundreds of animals get out of abusive and neglectful situations as a result of reports that started with a concerned citizen contacting the taskforce," says constable Heap.


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