I know there have been many previous posts re: animal cruelty on these boards. I was wondering if someone could tell me (especially if you're in TX) if poisoning counts? And what rights do pet owners have when other people hurt their pets?
My husband and I had been planning to spend the 4th with my dad, but we got a phone call this morning, cancelling our plans. Someone poisioned one of my dad dogs last night. I am so very sad and so encredibly angry.
Several years ago, my parents (who were still married at the time) were having some problems with neighborhood kids messing with the pets. The yard backs up to a big wooded area and apparently the kids have some sort of hideout back there. A couple of peoples animals were injured or killed one summer, but then things kind of balanced out and nothing's happened since.
Now, my dad has three outside dogs. These are arson dogs, not just pets, and have a huge kennel in the yard. They're never loose, never in anyone elses yard. Dad walks each dog twice a day and is meticulous about keeping them healthy. So he knows that, physically, nothing is wrong with these dogs.
A week or so ago, to try and combat a rabbit problem, Dad cleared away some of the underbrush behind the kennel. Apparently a little too close to the hideout. The next day, one of the dogs was sick and throwing up blood. They got her treated and everything's been fine. He cleared away some more underbrush, and when he went out to feed and walk the dogs this morning, one of them was dead. This dog was in perfect health last night and there is absolutely nothing that he could have gotten into from the kennel.
Dad filed a police report (and bought a chain saw so he could just knock down the damn underbrush once and for all), but I don't think anything's going to come from it. Does anybody know what kind of rights he has in a situation like this?