A German Shepherd shot by a high-powered pellet gun on Friday, April 26 did not win the fight against severe and unnecessary animal cruelty, but Houston has an important opportunity to come together to make sure no animal ever has to go through this kind of mistreatment again. BARC Animal Shelter and Adoptions and the Houston Police Department ask that Houstonians help reduce the number of animal cruelty cases by reporting any and all cases in their area to the police.

This canine’s story is an extreme case, but unfortunately, not an uncommon one. BARC Animal Control received an alert on Friday, April 26 about an injured German Shepherd in a ditch at 7004 Banyan, 77028. After a BARC Animal Control Officer picked up the canine, she was transferred from BARC by a foster/rescue partner to a private vet for intensive care and evaluation. The veterinarian discovered the dog’s back legs had been paralyzed from a wound caused by the bullet of a high-powered pellet gun. The pellet went through the dog’s right side and severed 90 percent of her spinal cord. After several days under intensive care, the veterinarian had not seen any improvement in her health. In fact, her condition continued to worsen. Ultimately, the German Shepherd was humanely put to sleep due to such severe and irreversible injuries. 

BARC and HPD ask that citizens with any information that could lead to the shooter’s recovery, please call Houston Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS or call the police to report the offender. Now, Houston has a chance to save other animals suffering from cruelty across Houston. BARC and HPD need help to make sure this doesn’t happen to another innocent animal like this German Shepherd.

“No dog, no animal deserves this kind of cruel and unfathomable treatment,” said Chris Newport, BARC spokesman. “We fully intend to work with HPD to make sure that person never, ever does anything like that again. Animal cruelty is a problem in Houston and we’re going to have to come together as a community to put a stop to it.”

BARC and HPD receive frequent calls from citizens all over the city reporting animal cruelty of various types. Unfortunately, city authorities are not able to witness every animal cruelty case across Houston and are counting on the community to help bring offenders to justice.

“Houston is the fourth largest city in the United States and animal cruelty could run rampant if we don’t take control of the situation,” said Newport. “But we can’t do it alone. We need Houston to be our eyes and ears. If you see someone mistreating an animal in any way, please call the police. Every animal we save from animal cruelty is one more life saved and one more animal that may get a second chance at having the life he or she deserves.” 

“Animal cruelty is a serious offense and will not be taken lightly,” said Sergeant Virginia Brasher of the Houston Police Department. “This sort of crime happens too often in Houston, and in fact we’ve seen an increase specifically in gunshot wounds lately. We’re doing everything we can to put a stop to it. Anyone that chooses to be cruel to animals needs to understand that there are consequences and they will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.”

Anyone with information about who may have shot the German Shepherd with a pellet gun, or has witnessed any other animal cruelty in their area, is strongly encouraged to immediately call Houston Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS or call the police to report the offender. 

Below are photos of the German Shepherd taken at BARC and her X-rays taken by a private veterinarian where she was provided intensive care and treatment for several days.