Animal Cruelty In The Panhandle


Three malnourished dogs that were found in an abandoned house in Randall County this week, brought up the fact that abandoning and neglecting animals is not uncommon in the area.

“It goes on all the time,” Debra Hall, the Facility Manager for the SPCA, stated. “It happens all the time, we see it quite often.”

Amarillo Animal Management & Welfare asked Hall to take on a recent case.

“Two dogs that had been seized on a cruelty case,” Hall explained. “Of course, I can’t ask all the details, but I said if we have the room, which fortunately we did have the room. I went down there yesterday so we are going to take them.”

The Amarillo SPCA works closely with the Amarillo Animal Management & Welfare and often take on some hard cases.

“When they first came in she said they were in awful condition,” Hall said. “They seemed that they were skinny, underweight, emaciated.”  

Hall said many people take in animals and are not prepared for the responsibility that comes with owning a pet.

One of these cases was Chili Dog, a dog rescued from a hoarder home. Now the SPCA is able to give Chili Dog the help needs to get adopted. 

“I hate to say it but Amarillo has not a good instance of people taking care of their pets the way they should,” Hall stated.

Amarillo Police Department’s Cpl. Jeb Hilton says that law enforcement takes animal abuse seriously.

“Some of the things that we see regularly are animals that are left in the cold or also getting calls on animals that might not have food or water are common calls that we get,” Hilton said. “I would suggest that anybody that sees something like this would call the Police Department or Animal Management & Welfare.” 

Hilton said animal cruelty and abuse cases can range from a Class-C Misdemeanor and in certain cases can be charged with a felony. 

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