Hill County Paw Pals, Hill County, Texas

Pet Abandonment Continues in Hill County

We continue to be amazed at the cruel criminal actions towards animals in our great county.  How can anyone in good conscience abandon any domesticated companion dog or cat that totally relies on their care?  Too frequently, Paw Pals receives calls to help find homes for abandoned dog and cats.  One must completely understand the cruel circumstances of pet abandonment since fewer than 80% survive.  They suffer prolonged and painful death so extreme that the State of Texas felt led in making this criminal action a Class A Misdemeanor with up to $4,000 and/or one year in jail (upgraded to state felony with previous convictions—Penal Code 42.09).  Pet abandonment fuels pet overpopulation as the surviving ones seldom are given veterinary care nor are they sterilized and will proliferate at will.

Imagine the first moments of a dog being abandoned.  Imagine the confusion of trying to catch up with its “much-loved owner” as his or her departing vehicle speeds away—the irony that just yesterday it was the familiar vehicle that brought home the owner—an owner that no doubt received unconditional love from this innocent animal.  An abandoned dog will wait in the same area its “trusted” owner left it.  To further its anxiety, the waiting will be accompanied with the cacophony of unfamiliar surroundings full of danger—passing automobiles, wild predatory animals, and the elements.  Within days, starvation and dehydration bring tormenting weakness, agonizing muscle spasms, and the slow wasting death of starvation.  All along, the companion animal remains “loyal” to its irresponsible owner—a non-deserving appointment.  Within days, without water the lonely dog or cat will die a cruel and unnecessary death.  A county animal shelter is a necessity to not only harbor unwanted dogs and cats but to become a beacon for proactive animal control.  We as citizens of this great county can and will end this unacceptable non-existence of proactive animal control.  If you would like to help with the endeavor, please call Hill County Paw Pals at (254) 580-0679 or email hcpawpals@yahoo.com, or visit www.helphillcountyanimals.com.