Hill County Paw Pals, Hill County, Texas
  

Incessant Abandonment of Dogs and Cats Present in Hill County

By Sarah Bennett

 

This is the face of “Hope.”  She was within hours of dying from exposure and starvation. (she was one-third her normal body weight). “Hope” was already hampered in her survival by only having one eye and was found disoriented and dehydrated, but happy to meet her rescuers.  This heartless abandonment of a living creature is but one example of the inhumane and criminal action of hundreds of individuals who abandon their dogs and cats each year in Hill County.  It begs the question: What are these people thinking will happen when they abandon a domesticated companion animal in the wild?  Survival statistics for these pets are slim and for the very few who do survive, minimum care is provided such as vaccinations or sterilization.  It is estimated that over 1,000 dogs and cats in Hill County are being abandoned each year—fueling our existing pet overpopulation issue because of dogs’ and cats’ exponential reproduction rate.  Besides being merciless when abandoning a dog or cat, a criminal law (Penal Code 42.09) has been violated which could result in up to $4,000 fine and/or year in jail.  How do we correct this continued merciless and irresponsible behavior of abandoning pets?—we simply start with an animal shelter that would support a proactive county animal control program.

 

Take another look at the face of “Hope”—she is a living symbol of what happens when we ignore pet overpopulation.  Support the efforts of Hill County Paw Pals to bring positive change by facilitating the installation of a county animal control program.  Please visit with us at our next public meeting at 6:30pm Thursday, April 3rd in the Bullock Room of Hill College Cafeteria in Hillsboro—our guest speaker will be Michelle Carlson, Attorney at Law, who will present a program on the legal liabilities of pet overpopulation.  Call (254) 580-0679 or email hcpawpals@yahoo.com for more information.