KATY MAGAZINE NEWS
January 8, 2020
By Natalie Cook Clark
Authorities seek the public's help in solving an animal cruelty case in Fort Bend County. An 11-year-old pit bull suffered gunshot wounds to the head and was discovered in a cage at a local park. He is recovering now with a foster family.
Dog Found Shot in the Face
In the early morning on Saturday December 21st, “Clarence” was found abandoned at 701 Harlem Road (Harlem Road Park. The 11-year-old pit bull was in a small wire kennel with two gunshot wounds to his face. Clarence was rushed to a local vet in critical condition.
Those Guilty of Animal Cruelty Often Guilty of Other Crimes
Animal cruelty is a felony offense.
“People who do this to animals almost always have a connection to other crimes,” says Constable Wayne Thompson. “We take such cases very seriously and the investigator is a go-getter who is actively working on the case.”
140 Cases in 3 Months
“We took on animal cruelty last year and have investigated 140 cases since last October,” says Thompson. “Many of those cases are educational issues where we educate the individual and give them a warning. However, a case like Clarence is not an educational issue.”
Area Not Covered By Cameras, Need Public's Help
“We are hoping that someone was around the area at the time or recognizes the dog and can give us information on the case,” says Thompson. “This is an area that isn’t covered by cameras. We basically have hit a dead end and are reaching out to the public.”
How You Can Help
If you know this dog, or have any tips or information regarding this incident, please contact Investigator Kreusel at 832-945-8396.
Clarence is currently being fostered through Wag Again Rescue. To learn more about this organization and to consider being a foster home for pets in need, visit their website.
"Everyone who meets Clarence loves him," says Karen Maresh, who is fostering Clarence. "Being an investigator, I have to keep an open mind, but to put a dog in a cage is a very deliberate act."