In January of last year Harris County Animal Cruelty Investigators received a call from a concerned motorist who witnessed what she thought was another motorist throw a bag of puppies from his car.
Investigator Michael Allan was first on the scene and, according to The Animal Rescue Site, could not believe what he was faced with. He discovered “eight cold and starving puppies in a black garbage bag on the side of the road”.
Recounting the first moments he added, “You see a little black bag in the distance and you hope that's not it. Then, second thought is you hope they're alive.”
Race against time
The puppies were new-born and one was already dead. Knowing the clock was ticking to save the others, Allan rushed the dogs to Harris County Animal Shelter where workers began the urgent task of saving the lives of others.
Posting to Facebook later, the investigative team wrote, “A cruelty report was filed and we are looking for more information from anyone who may have witnessed the action. The cold and starving puppies were brought to Harris County Animal Shelter and will be placed in temporary cruelty foster.”
The link also reveals the moment of the rescue of the German Shepherd cross puppies.
This morning one of our Harris County Animal Cruelty Investigators responded to a call from a citizen who reported a bag of puppies being dumped from a car window on to the side of the road (south of 99 off of Old Mueschke Rd.). A cruelty report was filed and we are looking for more information from anyone who may have witnessed the action. The cold and starving puppies were brought to Harris County Animal Shelter and will be placed in temporary cruelty foster. If you witness animal abandonment, please take action by filing a cruelty report at (832) 927-PAWS or 927PAWS.org. Provide video and photo documentation if possible.Posted by Harris County Animal Shelter on Thursday, January 31, 2019
Cruelty cases brought to trial
No arrests have been forthcoming since the puppies were discovered, but Harris County Animal Cruelty has a reputation for upholding the laws of animal welfare and of catching up with their quarry.
In October of last year the team saw the arrest of a man who was charged with animal cruelty after posting a video of his maltreating a cat.
The taskforce writes: “Our mission is to protect the animals of Houston and Harris County and bring to justice those who abuse, neglect or abandon them through a unified collaboration of agencies. Every day, our Taskforce takes a proactive and comprehensive approach to investigating cruelty against ALL animals.”
All seven surviving puppies have since found their forever homes, according to Harris County Animal Shelter.