When an extreme cold front collapsed the electrical grid in Texas, millions of people were left without heat or power to keep them warm.
But while many kind souls stepped up to lend a hand, not everyone showed such selfless concern. In Houston, police arrested a man who cruelly left his 8 dogs outside to fend for themselves in the record cold.
Fortunately, a worried neighbor saw the dogs’ freezing plight and called the Harris County Animal Cruelty Taskforce, which was busy rescuing animals throughout the disaster.
When rescuers arrived at the scene, they discovered the dog owner left his pets outside in the storm without access to shelter. The neglected dogs were also extremely malnourished. One pup even had a broken jaw.
The rescued pets were rushed to Houston Humane, where caretakers gave them food, warmth, and emergency medical care. Thankfully, the dogs survived this terrifying ordeal — but the neglected dogs still weren’t out of danger.
“Although warm, some of the dogs remain in critical condition and we will provide updates as they come,” the Houston Humane Society wrote on Facebook.
“Unfortunately, we expect more pets in need to walk through our doors as Harris County Animal Cruelty Taskforce law enforcement officers continue working day and night to check on any pets left outside in dangerous conditions throughout this winter weather situation.”
The dogs’ owner has been arrested and charged for this cruel abuse, but these animals would have surely died if not for the timely intervention of a worried bystander.
This heartbreaking rescue story shows why you must contact the police without delay whenever you see an animal in danger.