Hill County Paw Pals, Hill County, Texas

Abandoned and Left to Die

Hello, I’ve been given the name “Mitchi”.  I’m a 6 week old puppy not even weaned and was given a death sentence by “abandonment” from a calculating, cruel, and cowardly “owner”. 

The State of Texas has made abandonment of an animal a Class A Misdemeanor under Penal Code 42.09 in Texas Criminal Law.  This serious offense is punishable with up to $4,000 and/or a year in jail.  What did my “owner” think when they cowardly “dumped” me on that rural road last Saturday evening.  Didn’t he or she know that over 80% of all abandoned dogs and cats die a horrific death from starvation, thirst, disease, road kill, or eaten alive by coyotes? Please think of all these horrifying situations—that’s why abandonment falls under Texas’ animal cruelty law.  The animals that don’t die from abandonment may find refuge but seldom have a life where they receive quality care and they are almost never sterilized—only to feed the existing pet overpopulation problem in our county.  In my case, I wasn’t even weaned. 

Instinctively, I yelped and cried for my mother as loud as I could as the day started to end with darkness.  Sadly, my mother never came.  I continued to yelp and cry not knowing that my distress call would be an invitation for a pack of hungry coyotes.  Fortunately, a good Samaritan heard my cries and rescued me.  I’m currently being fostered by a family that’s part of a group called Hill County Paw Pals.  This group has been working for the past two years to establish an animal shelter to service Hill County.

Please spay or neuter your pets to help prevent situations where owners think they have to resort to abandonment—cowardly giving their problems to others.  Paw Pals sponsors low cost spay/neuter and vaccination clinics on the first Tuesday of every month.  Appointments are needed by calling 1-866-310 PETS (7387).  Vaccinations are from 10am-2pm and do not need an appointment.  More information about the clinic can be given by Kathy Moore at 582-9374.  Information about Paw Pals is available by visiting their website: hcpawpals.org.  One can also email hcpawpals@yahoo.com or call 580-0679.  As a reminder, Paw Pals has three upcoming events and invite the public to participate.

  • The 3rd Annual Pet Parade and 1st Annual Banquet will be both on October 28.

  • The 3rd Annual Garage Sale will on November 4-5 and will be held at the Hillsboro Convention Center (old Wal-Mart building).

If you would like to volunteer at any of these events please contact Paw Pals.