Dumped Animals on the Rise

Dumped Animals on the Rise

ABILENE, Texas – Animal Services is seeking the public’s help in reporting illegal animal dumping. In the past two weeks there have been several cases of animal dumping around town. One animal was dumped and abandoned at Camp Barkeley Dog Park, two other animals were dumped in front of the Animal Shelter, and others have been dumped in neighborhoods. All of these animals were at risk of being hit by a vehicle and {{more}} left to possibly starve. This is considered Cruelty to Non-Livestock animals in Texas and is illegal. The illegal activity needs to be reported, so that those responsible can be held accountable. Texas Penal Code 42.092 Cruelty to Non-livestock animals reads: A person commits an offense if the person intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly: tortures an animal or in a cruel manner kills or causes serious bodily injury to an animal; without the owner’s effective consent, kills, administers poison to, or causes serious bodilyinjury to an animal; fails unreasonably to provide necessary food, water, care, or shelter for an animal in theperson’s custody; abandons unreasonably an animal in the person’s custody; transports or confines an animal in a cruel manner; without the owner’s effective consent, causes bodily injury to an animal; causes one animal to fight with another animal, if either animal is not a dog; uses a live animal as a lure in dog race training or in dog coursing on a racetrack; or seriously overworks an animal. An offense under Subsection , , , , or is a Class A misdemeanor, except that the offense is a state jail felony if the person has previously been convicted two times under this section, two times under Section 42.09, or one time under this section and one time under Section 42.09. Animal Services is open six days a week for the intake of unwanted animals from inside the city limits of Abilene. Intake is open from 10:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Saturdays. “Animal Dumping can be avoided; there are resources available for owners who can no longer care for their animals,” stated Aaron Vannoy, Animal Services Manager for the City of Abilene. “Most animals are abandoned because the owner has moved or the animal was not properly trained and frustration from the owner has set in.” Animal Services is asking citizens to help identify the responsible parties by writing down the make, model and license plate number of the vehicle, and taking photos or video, if possible, of anyone caught dumping an animal. “As with any criminal case, the case is only as strong as those willing to help be the voice for the victims, in this case animals who have no voice to tell us who dumped them,” said Vannoy. Please report Dumped Animals to Animal Services at 325-698-0085 or the Abilene Police Department at 325-673-8331.