8 dogs removed from reportedly abusive home in Houston; why more states need an animal cruelty registry

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HOUSTON— In an effort to minimize animal cruelty, Evansville, Indiana recently became the first city in 2018 to create an animal abuse and neglect registry.

Houston congresswoman Jessica Farrar filed a bill in 2016, urging Texas legislators to create a public database of convicted animal abusers. If passed, the bill could help prevent animal cruelty and ensure that pets are welcomed into safe homes.

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Julie Kuenstel at the Houston SPCA said the shelter receives thousands of reports of animal cruelty ever year.

In fact, Kuenstel said investigators with the Houston County Sheriff's Office Precinct 1 authorities helped rescue three German Shepherd dogs and five German Shepherd puppies from a reportedly abusive home Monday morning.

According to Kuenstel, two of the adult dogs were brought into the exam room limping. One was suffering from a broken bone and the other is awaiting x-ray results.

"We have a team of 12 animal cruelty investigators and they manage some 7,000 cases a year," Kuenstel said.

Farrar's bill was left pending during the last legislative session and will need to be re-filed again next year.

To report an animal cruelty case, click here.





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