Friday, August 26, 2011

Pet Adoptions at Natural Pawz in the Heights

Please join us at our upcoming adoption events at Natural Pawz in the Heights!

Saturday, September 3, 2011
Saturday, October 8, 2011
Saturday, November 12, 2011
Saturday, December 10, 2011

All events will be at Natural Paws in the Heights, 514 W. 19th Street from 12:00 noon-4:00PM.  We will be looking for volunteers and fosters to help out.  Please mark your calendar and sign up to help at

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Hagerman is Adopted!

Hagerman before and after
We are happy to report that Hagerman has been adopted by his foster family. We discovered Hagerman last March chained on a short and heavy chain, emaciated, injured and smelling of infection. He needed a great deal of care and medical treatment but has recovered from his injuries and now has a permanent home. We are very happy for Hagerman and wish him and his new family the best of luck!

Meet Chulo

Chulo is a sweet and handsome boy who has no permanent home. He is being taken care of by our friend Eva Belendez. Barrio Dogs has sponsored his neutering and vetting but he needs a forever home. If you are interested in adopting Chulo or contributing to his care, please contact Ms. Belendez at

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Soldier Stricken with PTSD Relies on Retriever

Houston Chronicle
August 10, 2011, 4:08PM

Wilfredo Lee Associated Press 
MontalvĂ n speaks as his service dog,Tuesday, stands at the ready in Coral Gables, Florida.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Monday, August 1, 2011

Responding to Animal Abuse or Neglect in Harris County

Barrio Dogs often receives questions about what to do when encountering a dog trapped in a hot car, tied or chained up around the clock, or left outside in the heat, rain or cold, often with no food or water. All these conditions are inhumane and some may be life-threatening; in any event, we cannot ignore the situation and leave the dog to fend for itself. We also get many questions about what to do if we witness an animal being abused. To give people the best information we can, we spoke with Sgt. Virginia Brasher at the Houston Police Department (HPD) and Pct. 6 Constable Victor Trevino to determine the role that law enforcement can play in helping us assist these animals. 

1. Houston Police Department:  Sgt. Brasher told us that HPD officers are supposed to investigate any report of animal abuse or neglect. The best way to contact HPD is through Dispatch, who will assign the report to an officer. The officer(s) will investigate and follow up; Sgt. Brasher reviews all reports to ensure that the case was appropriately resolved.

               HPD Dispatch: 713-884-3131 (do not call 911)
               Sgt. Virginia Brasher:

2. Harris County Precinct 6 and the Houston Humane Society: Pct. 6 and the Houston Humane Society have joined forces to create the R.A.I.D.E.R. program to investigate animal cruelty and abuse.  As a result, several Pct. 6 deputies are able to spend 100% of their time responding to and investigating complaints of abuse and neglect. Pct. 6 Constable Victor Trevino has assured us that his officers will respond to all complaints of animal mistreatment throughout Harris County.

               Precinct 6 Dispatch: 713-923-9156 (answered 24 hours a day)
               Humane Society R.A.I.D.E.R.: 713-433-6421, ext. 396
               R.A.I.D.E.R. Officers: Sgt. Guerra (supervisor), Sgt. Schuelke, Deputy Bair
               Online Cruelty Submission form 

3. Houston SPCA: In addition to HPD, Pct. 6 and the Humane Society, the Houston SPCA has an investigations department staffed by nine full-time cruelty investigators. The Houston SPCA also provides an injured animal ambulance and rescue service 24 hours a day every day of the year. However, please know that the SPCA euthanizes most animals it takes in.

               To report an injured animal in need: 713- 880-HELP
               SPCA main number: 713-869-SPCA (7722)
               Online Cruelty Reporting form

At this point, we don’t which resource work best in a particular situation. For example, there is no time to fill out an online cruelty form if an animal is trapped in a hot car or left out in the elements. In those cases, a call to HPD or Pct. 6 is probably more appropriate. We will not know the effectiveness of any of these resources unless you let us know, so whenever you use these resources, please give us feedback. The information you provide will help us improve the list and give you the best information possible.

Also, please remember that once law enforcement authorities become involved, there are several possible outcomes for the animal. In some instances, its owners may agree to address the problem, improve its living conditions or move it to a better location. In other instances, a rescue group may step up and take in the animal. However, there is also the possibility that the animal will be confiscated and taken to a potential kill shelter. In this situation, we are at a loss as to what is better for the animal: removal because of cruelty or neglect or allowing it to suffer the entire length of its short life.  If we all report it, something will happen. There is strength in numbers!